HISD families now have until July 31 to complete the application necessary to receive the 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.
The application is
available online at yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT.
The $1 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 as a
debit card to assist families in buying food from any retailer that accepts the
Texas Lone Star Card.
Following a statewide call on Tuesday between school district superintendents and Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, I wanted to provide an update on plans for the 2020-2021 school year – which remain to be finalized.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise,
the situation remains fluid as we try to determine next steps on what the
school year will look like. During his presentation, the commissioner
emphasized that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is working with Gov. Greg
Abbott’s medical advisors to establish public health guidance for school
districts. While preliminary information has been provided by TEA, final
guidance will not be available until mid-July.
The Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center located at 4400 W. 18th St. will close Monday, June 8 at 1 p.m. due to a confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus.
The closure will allow time for the support facility to
undergo a deep cleaning and sanitization before re-opening for regular business
hours on Tuesday, June 9.
Though few employees have been in the office, those who were
impacted are being notified and instructed to self-quarantine in accordance
with public health guidelines.
Dozens of cars were already lined up at McReynolds Middle
School on Tuesday when Nutrition Assistant Shondrica Crenshaw arrived for her
Clad in a face mask and gloves, she quickly joined her
co-workers, assuming a spot six feet from them as she began placing bags of
food in the trunk of each car that drove up.
“I’m more than excited to be out here,” Crenshaw said.
“We’re all going through a lot right now. It’s a blessing to be able to give