Tag Archives: Back To School

HISD and community partners gear up for Back-to-School Bonanza

Houston ISD is hard at work preparing for the 2024-2025 school year. As our students, families and communities recover from the recent storm, community partners can lend their support by equipping students with school supplies.  

HISD’s Community Partnerships Department is teaming up with local community organizations to prepare students and their families for the upcoming school year with the annual Back-to-School Bonanza, a collaborative effort to provide essential learning resources and school supplies throughout the District. 

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Take advantage of Immunization Awareness Month with no-cost vaccines throughout Houston

As students prepare for a semester of new classrooms and old friends, and parents ready them with new pens and cool haircuts, it’s easy to overlook one of the most important new school year preparations: immunizations.

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HISD students to get school supply ‘boost’ from Kroger shoppers

HISD students will start the new school year off right with help from community donations through Kroger’s annual school supplies drive.

Backpack Boosters provides students with kits filled with the essential school supplies they need for a successful school year.

Now through July 31, shoppers can donate $2, $5, or $10 dollars at the register in any Kroger store to help local students. Click here to find your local Kroger store.

HISD partners with community donors for Back-to-School Bonanza

For students, summer vacation is in full swing, but HISD is hard at work preparing for the impending fall semester. Preparing for almost 190,000 students for a new school year isn’t a task that can be done alone, however, this is where the collaboration of community partners is vital.

HISD’s Community Partnerships Department, with the help of local businesses, is working to secure resources for its annual Back-to-School Bonanza, an effort to support multiple back-to-school supply drives throughout the district. 

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Registration now open for Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest

The City of Houston is hosting the 12th Annual Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest for 25,000 kindergarten through fifth grade students on Saturday, August 13.

For the past two years, the event has been a drive-through distribution. This year, the festival returns to in-person at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, 77010.

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Fresh Start Resource Fair open to North Houston community

Everyone deserves the chance to start fresh. On Saturday, July 30, A Fresh Start Resource Fair will be held at the community center at 170 Rittenhouse St. in North Houston.

The free event is sponsored by several Houston institutions including Harris County Precinct 2, Houston Community College, and the Houston Food Bank.

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Student Assistance lends a hand at Back To School Extravaganza

Houston Independent School District Student Assistance held a “Back To School Extravaganza” drive-thru event Friday at Bethel’s Empowerment Center.

The event featured a drive-up that included free vaccinations (including for Covid-19), backpacks, supplies, fresh produce, local vendors, giveaways, Medicaid and CHIP renewal applications, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications, and HISD Community Partnerships.

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A special message from Superintendent Millard House II

The following letter from Superintendent House was distributed on the night of August 5 to HISD parents, staff, and community members:

Dear HISD Community,

The health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our guiding compass in all of our decisions. As a result, during tonight’s agenda review meeting, I announced that I will propose a mask mandate for students, staff, and visitors at all schools, buses, and facilities to be voted on next week by the Board of Education. The mask mandate will become effective upon Board approval during next Thursday’s board meeting, August 12. In light of the announcement by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to raise the COVID-19 threat level to “red,” additional safety measures are needed to protect our students, staff, and families.

The mask mandate applies to everyone regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated. In partnership with health officials, three HISD schools are offering vaccinations this Saturday. If your child is 12 or older, I encourage parents to stop by and get a shot. No appointments are necessary.

  • Dogan Elementary School, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Deady Middle School, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Kashmere High School, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The 2021-2022 school year begins on August 23, and we will continue to monitor the situation and work with health officials for frequent updates, which we will share with you. The safety of all HISD staff and students continues to be our top priority.


Millard House II
HISD Superintendent

Back-to-school immunizations and health screenings

It’s time to get ready for the first day of school, and we have prepared a list of of resources to ensure your children are ready for the 2017-2018 school year.

Immunizations and health screenings 

City of Houston Health Centers


Harris Health Troubleshooters


Texas Children’s Mobile Clinics


HISD FACE Community Resource Guide

Visit the Family and Community Engagement Resource Guide at www.houstonisd.org/communityresource and search for these resources:

  • Back-to-School Supplies
  • Clothing Assistance
  • Healthcare