HOUSTON – Often absent during debate about when and how to reopen schools has been perspective from students themselves, according to an advisory body tasked with voicing the concerns of the Houston Independent School District’s student body.
“They’re definitely ways to do it without compromising the health of our students, our teachers and our staff,” said Jennifer Hamad, a senior at Heights High School.
Hamad serves as the speaker of HISD’s Student Congress, a body of over 70 high school student leaders from across the district, which serves as a bridge between students and the Board of Trustees.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan announced Wednesday the district’s plan for reopening: six weeks of at-home virtual learning through October.
“We were very happy with Dr. Lathan’s decision to do that,” Hamad said.
When and how to reopen HISD is the focus of a survey the student congress has administered. Their goal is to provide a voice for students in the reopening process.
Nearly 3,000 surveys have been completed since it went live last week, according to the student congress. The goal is to reach 10,000 respondents, Hamad said.