A large number of students enrolled in the Houston Independent School District need help with basic needs such as food, clothing, health care and school supplies, according to a new research brief from Rice University’s Houston Education Research Consortium.
The study reveals that a substantial number of Houston-area school children reported sometimes not having enough to eat at home and going without medical care when they are sick. Meanwhile, a large proportion of HISD families struggle to provide children with clothing and school supplies.
Less than a year ago, 60 ninth- and 10th-grade boys walked across Worthing High School’s cafeteria stage, signifying their acceptance into the inaugural class of HISD’s Miles Ahead Scholars (MAS) program.
Now, just 10 months after that moving induction ceremony, a
new evaluation conducted by the district’s Research and Accountability Department
showcases the positive academic and socioemotional impacts the program has had
on its first cohort. The full report can be found here.
The Fresh Bus produce delivery program is announcing new community stops to better serve students and families.
The new stops will be located at apartment complexes that
surround the 68 participating schools and have high student populations.
Families can go direct to their closest pick-up site. No survey or registration
All students enrolled at the 68 participating schools are
eligible. A complete list of schools is available at HoustonISD.org/FreshBus.
can now complete the applications necessary to receive Pandemic Electronic
Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), a one-time benefit for families who lost access to
free or reduced-price meals due to school closures.
billion benefit program was approved by the United States Department of
Agriculture to help eligible families buy food during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The one-time benefit of up to $285 will be issued on an EBT card, which can be
used like a debit card to assist families in buying food from any retailer that
accepts the Texas Lone Star Card.
The Houston Independent School District has announced the launch of
Let’s Stay Connected, a mental health hotline for students and parents to
provide emotional, social, and psychological support to students and parents who
feel the need for assistance.
Students and parents may call the Let’s Stay Connected Hotline at 713-556-1340
24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Food distribution efforts led by the Houston Independent School District in partnership with the Houston Food Bank will continue Saturday at NRG Stadium and throughout next week at 25 campuses around the district.
Saturday’s event at NRG is the fourth mass community food
distribution. The site is expected to distribute 8,500 food packages. The site will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Food distribution efforts led by the Houston Independent School District in partnership with the Houston Food Bank will continue this Saturday at NRG Stadium and throughout next week at 25 campus sites throughout the district.
The Saturday event
at NRG is the third mass community food distribution. The site is expected to distribute 10,000
food packages — each weighing 80 to 100 pounds — in about five hours. To accommodate
the increase, the site will open from 2 to 7 p.m.
The Houston Independent School District is extending its food distribution program through the week of April 20 and announcing 25 new food distribution sites throughout the district.
Nutrition Services staff will continue to pack food bags at the Hexser T. Holliday Food Services Support Facility and deliver them to the distribution sites. Each site can distribute up to 500 bags — or 15,000 pounds of food — per day.
As families arrive at sites, nutrition staff minimize
contact by filling out the required Emergency Food Assistance Program forms for
families and placing food in the trunks of their vehicles. Participants who
walk to the sites also must adhere to social distancing requirements.
The Houston Independent School District is partnering with the Houston Food Bank to organize a mass food distribution site from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday in the parking lot of NRG Stadium.
The goal is to accommodate working families who are unable to visit HISD-sponsored distribution sites during the weekday. The site is expected to distribute 3,000 food bags — or 90,000 pounds of food — in three hours.
“Every week at our other food distribution
sites we have been able to serve hundreds of families in need,” Interim
Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “Our mission is to continue to help as we
partner with the Houston Food Bank and other entities to ensure our students
and their loved ones do not go hungry.”
The Houston Independent School District is
joining the Texas Division of State Health Services and Texas Education Agency
as the agencies roll out the “Apart We Stand Together” public health campaign.
The campaign’s goal is to ensure all school districts statewide and broader communities have access to a comprehensive set of information and resources about COVID-19.
The campaign will include easy access to health resources and
information, with the goal of keeping Texas residents – from the smallest towns
to the largest cities – healthier and safer as we all battle the spread of
This public health guidance is
based on what scientists know about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Find
more information at Texas.gov/Covid19, and continue to follow updates from HISD at HoustonISD.org/HealthAlerts.