WATCH: Houston ISD addresses staffing shortages, student safety questions

KPRC 2 reporter Zach Lashway moderates a panel of experts from HISD in the areas of safety, staffing, programs and student health as the district looks toward the 2022-2023 school year..

Houston – Houston ISD says 95% of the district’s teacher positions are filled for the start of school on Aug. 22.

Jeremy Grant-Skinner, Chief Talent Officer for HISD, addressed staffing shortages during a live panel discussion Wednesday afternoon on our digital streaming network KPRC 2+, moderated by KPRC 2 reporter Zach Lashway.

Campus safety is another concern for parents getting ready to send their kids back to school. During the panel discussion, HISD Chief of Police Pedro Lopez Jr. talked about whether he thinks his department is ready if an active shooter attacks children or staff. Just last week, HISD trustees voted to add more than $2 million in extra equipment for HISD police.

Our panel also included experts from HISD in the areas of mental health and overall wellness for students. You can watch in the video player above.

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