Houston ISD superintendent welcomes students back to school
It’s a big day for thousands of students in the Houston area as it is back to school for the largest district in the state of Texas. Thousands of students will be heading back to school. Houston ISD Superintendent Millard House made several stops Monday morning. The first was at Benbrook Elementary School, where he welcomed students with breakfast.
Local parents share their COVID-19 concerns as students prepare to return to the classroom
As students head back to school, COVID-19 cases are again surging, threatening to overwhelm hospitals. Public health experts are sounding the alarm over the delta variant of the virus. And, without any state funds for remote learning this year, school districts are rushing to figure out how best to protect their students while grappling with Gov. Greg Abbott’s prohibition against masking mandates in schools.
HISD increasing food distribution ahead of Thanksgiving
HOUSTON – Houston ISD is expanding its food distribution to ensure all students have access to healthy food during the week-long Thanksgiving break, which kicks off Monday, Nov. 23. All campus curbside pickup locations will over seven days work for student meals on Thursday, November 19. Typically, the district provides meals for three or four days. Additionally, a third Neighborhood Supersites will be held at Sugar Grove Academy on Saturday, November 21— the final community distribution before Thanksgiving. Campus and community distributions will resume their normal schedules when the district reopens on Monday, Nov. 30.
Fort Bend ISD parents must select learning option for students for spring semester
HOUSTON – Fort Bend ISD parents considering to change their child’s learning environment for the spring semester have a day left to decide. The deadline is looming for parents looking to move their child from in-person classes to online learning or the other way around. The district has requested parents fill out a form via Skyward Family Access by November 12 at 11:59 p.m. Dalia Abouzeid, a mother of two, said she was considering switching her third grader and sixth grader to in-person learning, but ultimately decided to keep them in virtual classrooms. Dupre said if a school does not have the capacity to accommodate many students wanting to switch to in-person learning, the district will consider turning large multi-purpose rooms into classrooms.
Houston-area school district cancels remote learning, allows students to return to the classroom
HOUSTON – A Wharton County school district is ending its remote learning program. Louise ISD said the remote learning approach has been unsuccessful for most students and will allow all students to return to schools on Tuesday, according to a letter to parents. Teachers and administrators will not longer be offering remote learning. “I am not mandating that your family chooses to return to school. Yet, I am suggesting that you make a decision that continues to provide the appropriate needs of your children,” said Louise ISD Superintendent Dr. Garth Oliver in release.
Rice University incorporates outdoor classrooms into in-person teaching amid COVID-19
When Rice University decided months ago students and professors would return to in-class instruction in the fall, the university built four outdoor classrooms to adhere to coronavirus-related health precautions. So far students and professors are giving the hi-tech fabric structures a passing grade. One of the biggest concerns was how students and faculty would handle classes in the Texas heat. Many say they didn’t know what to make of the idea when they first heard about the “tents.”“When I heard tent I was thinking like the typical open tent, like air outside,” said student Derin Okunuvi. Rice University says it was important to offer face-to-face instruction as big part of the unversity’s culture.
Some Klein ISD students head back to campus for in-person learning
KLEIN, Texas – Tuesday morning school kicked off for thousands of students at Klein Independent School District. We’re so grateful for our families and just excited that school is back in session at Klein ISD," said Jenny McGown, Klein ISD Superintendent. Donte Berry, 14, is a freshman at Klein Cain High School and is one of many students trying to get adjusted to a new school. “I am a parent of a Klein ISD student myself and he is on campus for his first day too,” she said. Klein ISD reported no major issues after the first day of class.
HISD website appears to crash on first day of virtual classes
HOUSTON – As students in the state’s largest school district started their virtual classes Tuesday, some parents reported having trouble connecting to the district’s website. KPRC 2 attempted to visit the official website for the Houston Independent School District several times Tuesday morning and received a runtime error and a 504 error. They will all be in virtual learning until at least Oct. 19, when some are scheduled to return to in-person learning. According to Lathan, about 12,000 students still do not have devices for virtual learning, but that does not mean they will be left behind. The district launched 36 digital learning centers for kids who still do not have what they need to participate in virtual school.
Klein ISD revamps bus cleaning policies during COVID-19 pandemic
Tuesday morning the school year kicks off for Klein Independent School District, and a question on parents minds, how safe are the buses in the middle of a pandemic? Director of Transportation services for Klein ISD, Josh Rice is charged with the task of keeping buses safe and clean. Klein ISD has approximately 350 buses. The new cleaning policies will likely continue post coronavirus to mitigate the spread of germs on the bus, according to Rice. Whether on the bus or at school, students have to wear one.
HISD launches 36 digital learning centers for elementary, middle school students that do not have access of technology
HOUSTON Houston Independent School District is opening 36 digital learning centers for students that do not have access to technology. The centers are for elementary and middle school students, enabling them to take part in instruction through the HISD @ H.O.M.E. Students at the digital learning centers will participate in instruction provided by their teacher of record and complete independent assignments. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, the digital learning centers are only available to students without access to technology. Transportation to and from the digital learning centers will be available for students from their home campus.
Klein ISD students, teachers take part in simulation school day
KLEIN, Texas – Klein ISD organized a simulation day for teachers and students on Wednesday, ahead of the first day of school next week. There is still a week before classes begin, but children and teachers were back in the classrooms and wearing their masks. That was really hard, so I just said, ‘air hug, air hug,’” said Wahlquist. Klein ISD said they’re committed to keeping teachers and students safe. The first day of school was scheduled for Sept. 8.
Katy ISD students kickoff school year virtually
KATY, Texas – Katy ISD is set to begin the school year with a virtual start on Wednesday morning. More than 85,000 k-12th grade will begin the school year with online learning. Katy ISD Superintendent Dr. Ken Gregorski said that the district has been working for weeks to make sure that students have the technology needed to begin the school year. So we feel that our system is up and ready and functional to handle the capacity that it will need for students to get online,” the superintendent said. All the way from when you get on the bus where every child getting on school transportation is required to wear a mask.
Houston-area Catholic schools begin classes Thursday
HOUSTON Some Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston reopened Thursday, including St. Martha Catholic School in Kingwood. Eighty percent of students are returning to the classroom at St. Martha Catholic School, which teaches children Pre-K through 8th grade. We wanted to make sure if anybody is running a fever, well hold them out, said Father Dolce. As a Catholic school, thats our message, A message of hope and of Gods love and Hes present here. Also, also every student here at St. Martha is required to wear a mask.
Humble ISD staff preparing for in-person learning in 2 weeks
HUMBLE, Texas – Humble ISD students started virtually on Tuesday and schools were preparing for in-person learning in two weeks. Even with empty classrooms and hallways for now, there’s an excitement at Summer Creek High School. “I’ve just decided, I’m going to enjoy my school year, no matter what’s going on,” said Nathan Wooley. Classes will begin with middle and high school students on a split schedule. Principal McDonald had a message for Humble ISD families.
Humble ISD students begin 2020 school year Tuesday
HUMBLE, Texas – Students at Humble Independent School District started virtually on Tuesday. On a normal year, the drill team at Summer Creek High School would’ve started weeks earlier, but this year, practices were delayed and they made major changes. “Seeing them dance, seeing this magic, this passion that they have, the passion that I share with them, so that’s what exactly what I’m looking forward to.”But this year is different in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “A little difficult at the beginning but it ended up working out, I have my team of 60,” said Aranda. The district is allowing students who are learning virtually to take part in extracurricular activities.
Back 2 School: School bus safety tips for drivers
HOUSTON Its been a problem in this neighborhood, according to Fort Bend County resident Dina Gusten. She lives in the Sienna neighborhood and says shes seen a significant amount of crashes in the Sienna Village of Anderson Springs. I am concerned about drivers and I think everyone needs to be on the same page and be re-educated on what theyre supposed to do since school is coming up, Gusten said. This is why its so important to share this information with drivers, as select students will be heading back to school soon. So, here are the dos and donts, according to Texas Department of Transportation:
Pasadena ISD kicks off third annual ‘Fill the Bus’ School Supply Drive
PASADENA, Texas – Pasadena ISD kicked off the third annual “Fill the Bus” School Supply Drive to help students prepare for the school year. Pasadena ISD Associate Superintendent Troy McCarley said that they want to make sure that students feel prepared. “It’s ensuring that every student on that first day of school has all of the supplies they need,” said McCarley. The drive was coordinated by the school district, the city and the chamber of commerce. Organizers said that they are need of school supply items in addition to hand sanitizer and tissues.
Here are some Back 2 School lunch planning ideas for in-person and virtual learning
If you haven’t prepared the lunches ahead, your child may not have enough time to eat before their next virtual class. Sugar Land blogger Brenda Thompson of Meal Planning Magic has been prepping family meals and kids lunches for years. Actually packing or preparing your child’s lunch for virtual learning may keep them out of the snack cabinet and those sugary snacks that will make it more difficult for them to stay in their seat and stay focused. Thompson’s lunch ideas:Lunch Kabobs: Sliding all the main food groups on a stick makes lunch fun and nutritious. When you share pictures of your child’s lunch using #PowerYourLunchbox, you can help support families in need.
Curbside meal service for New Caney ISD begins Monday
NEW CANEY, Texas – Curbside meal service for New Caney ISD begins Monday, Aug. 10 for students grades PreK-12. Lunch will be charged according to the National School Lunch Program eligibility (full-price, reduced-price, or free depending on eligibility). Meal service will take place Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for breakfast and lunch. Students must be present with a school ID or a parent must provide a student school ID or ID number when picking up meals. Meal prices are as follows: Grades PreK-5: $2.75Grades 6-12: $3Adults $4.50Meals will be given out at the following locations:
Mayor Turners Back 2 School Fest helps thousands for the 2020 school year
HOUSTON Lines of cars showed up for the Mayors Back 2 School Fest. The distribution is drive-thru style and volunteers started to fill up the trunks of cars with back to school supplies, food and masks at 8 a.m. on Friday morning. The event, which is being presented by Shell and is in partnership with the Houston Food Bank, is designed to help economically disadvantaged elementary school students and their families prepare for the school year. I think its great, matter of fact it is very organized I didnt think it would be this organized, said Leon Deal. In addition to distributing masks and backpacks stuffed with school supplies, the Houston Food Bank will also be providing families with necessary food items..Click here to pre-register for the event.
Class is back in session: Alief ISD begins the school year with virtual learning Thursday
HOUSTON – School is back in session today for Alief ISD Thursday morning. Things will look different this year for students and educators because instruction is 100% virtual for the time being. One was held at Alief Taylor High School and another is slated for Thursday at 8 a.m. at Elsik High School. Principal Mary Williams said although things will look different they are excited to get the school year started. “The first day of school is always my favorite day of school and this is just a little bit different,” said Williams.
Aldine ISD kicks off school year with Back to School Expo
HOUSTON – Thousands of families attended the Aldine ISD Back-to-School Expo. Aldine ISD families were able to pick up free backpacks and school supplies and food donations were provided by BakerRipley. Jennifer Calixto said that she and her family waited in the parking lot since 6:30 a.m.“It’s been very organized, it’s good,” said Calixto. She added, “It is very helpful to the community right now.”Sarah Lowery with the Family and Community and Engagement Department at Aldine ISD said they expect more than 3500 families to attend. “Especially with COVID happening, there are families who may be struggling financially and just need that extra start just to get them going with school supplies.
Back to school: Here are some safety tips for pedestrians and cyclists as we prepare to share the road again
Traffic Expert Anavid Reyes is here with tips on how to keep these cyclists and pedestrians safe. The Texas Department of Transportation said right now, speeding is a big concern when it comes to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians sharing the road. Cyclists and pedestrians have a lot of similarities but are considered different groups, so they have separate regulations. Pedestrians: If your child is walking to school this year, you’ll want to talk to them about the danger of walking while looking at their phones. Children under 10 should have an adult with them when walking to school.
MAPPED: Reopening plans for Houston-area school districts
With the current pandemic affecting our day-to-day lives, going back to school is an important matter. Different school districts have established their own set of requirements and protocol for opening up this school year. Here is a map of school districts across and the Houston area. It will take you to an article that details that districts reopening plan. If you have a question about the plan for that district, fill out the form at the end of the article with your questions.
Stafford MSD: What you need to know about the districts 2020-2021 school plans
Stafford MSD will announce its reopening plans on Friday, July 17. Measures underway or being consideredStafford MSD has not yet announced social distancing or safety measures it plans to implement in its schools. The district plans to share its safety protocols on Friday. The district plans to share its learning plans on Friday. Stafford MSD (@StaffordMSD) July 14, 2020Do you have questions about Stafford MSDs plan?
Houston ISD: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school plans
Virtual instruction for the district begins on September 8 and will continue for six weeks through October 16. Houston ISD plans to offer face-to-face instruction for all students beginning October 19. PPE ProtocolsMasks will be provided to students, employees, and visitors if they do not have one. Instruction methods offeredHouston ISD plans to offer both face-to-face and virtual instruction for the upcoming school year. Face-to-faceHouston ISD plans to offer face-to-face instruction for all students beginning October 19.
Deer Park ISD: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school plans
DPISD has outlined several social distancing and safety measures it plans to implement to keep its students and staff safe. Measures underway or being consideredStudent Health ProtocolsAll students should complete a daily self-evaluation prior to coming to school or boarding school transportation. Employee Health ProtocolsAll Deer Park ISD employees and substitutes will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day. In compliance with the governor’s executive order, all DPISD staff are required to wear non-medical grade face masks, covering nose and mouth. Students must wear masks during all transition times.
Goose Creek CISD moves start of school year to September
BAYTOWN, Texas Students in the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District will now start classes nearly a month later than what was originally scheduled. District officials confirmed Tuesday morning that the school board voted to delay the start of the 2020-2021 school year until Sept. 8. The year will also start with three weeks of virtual instruction, officials said. Officials said there are a lot of details to work out after the boards vote and they are working to update the districts website with the new information. That page will also be updated once the districts plan is officially updated.
Waller ISD: What you need to know about the districts 2020-2021 school plans
Waller ISD is still working to develop its reopening plans for the upcoming school year with the safety of its students and staff in mind. The district plans to offer instruction in both face-to-face and virtual formats. Heres what to know so far:CalendarThe first day of school is scheduled for August 24, 2020. Measures underway or being consideredWaller ISD has not yet announced social distancing and safety protocols it plans to implement in its schools for the upcoming year. Instruction methods offeredWaller ISD is planning to offer full time in-person and online learning 5-days a week for all students.
Cy-Fair ISD: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school plans
Cy-Fair ISD has finalized its reopening plan for the upcoming school year. Here’s what to know so far:CalendarThe first day of school is now scheduled for Sept. 8, 2020. In the event school supplies must be shared, for example in art class, the supplies will be sanitized after each use. At the beginning of each class, students may request additional sanitizing spray and paper towels. VisitorsVisitors should make an appointment to meet with campus staff.
Santa Fe ISD: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school plans
Here’s what to know for the upcoming school year:CalendarThe first day of school is scheduled for August 13, 2020. Santa Fe ISD already has designated student entry points for school safety. Student social activities may be limited due to healthcare requirements and may come with rules and regulations depending on the activity. Instruction methods offeredSante Fe ISD intends to offer face-to-face and virtual instruction for the 2020-21 school year. Santa Fe ISD students receiving specialized instruction may be required to attend in person with all safety measures in place.
Texas City ISD: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school plans
Like many school districts, Texas City ISD is still working on its plan for the approaching school year. Measures underway or being consideredTexas City ISD has not yet announced social distancing and safety measures being implemented for the upcoming school year. Instruction methods offeredTexas City ISD has not yet announced which instruction methods it will offer for the 2020-21 school year. SurveyTCISD is still collecting feedback from parents and staff in order to finalize a plan for the 2020-21 school year. Do you have questions about Texas City ISD’s plan?
Katy Independent School District: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school plans.
Katy ISD announced on July 23 that it will begin the school year with three weeks of online learning. Parents and students who are interested in Katy ISD’s online learning, Katy Virtual Academy, can make their choice by August 5. “On September 8, the goal is to resume plans to reopen campuses for both in-person instruction and virtual instruction. District staff and faculty will be required to wear facial coverings. Measures not in place:PartitioningClass size limitsExtracurricular activities:Students who participate in Katy Virtual Academy can partictpate in UIL-cocurricular and extracurricular activities.
Klein Independent School District: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school plans.
With the new school year fast approaching in August, Klein ISD is set to share a comprehensive plan with parents about learning options. Klein ISD will start virtually with their Klein Online program on August 19, the district said in an update to parents on their Roadmap to Reopening website. Click here to take a peek at what Klein Online will look like this Fall. Temperature screening s - Klein ISD students who chose Klein On-Campus will conduct COVID-19 health screenings at home before coming to campus. Klein ISD Releases 2020-21 Reopening Plan, Includes Choices for both Online and On-Campus LearningRead more: https://t.co/qQ33eyYL6t https://t.co/qQ33eyYL6t — Klein ISD (@KleinISD) July 10, 2020Do you have questions about Klein ISD’s plan?
Waller Independent School District: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school year
Waller ISD is working to begin the 2020-2021 school year safely. According to a letter from Superintendent Kevin Moran dated June 24, Waller ISD has received survey feedback from parents who are uncertain about the beginning of the school year. Start dateAugust 24List of measures in placeFlexible learning alternatives: Superintendent Moran says the district will bring both online and in-person instruction to parents and students should they decide. #WISDfamily - Our 2020-2021 School Year Parent & Staff Input Survey ends tomorrow at 10 a.m. https://t.co/YV8wSEWsLq pic.twitter.com/cqnhrr7VM1 — Waller ISD (@WallerISD) July 5, 2020Do you have questions about Waller ISD’s plan?
Wharton Independent School District: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school year
Wharton ISD is awaiting survey responses from parents as the start of the school year inches closer. Superintendent Michael O’Guin said in a video that the district is working on a plan to bring students back to school safely. Currently, there is no reopening plan posted as of Friday. The district will release more info once all feedback from district parents have been gathered. Start dateAugust 17List of measures in place:Flexible learning alternatives: O’Guin said the district will ask parents which method of learning they prefer.
Tomball Independent School District: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school year
Tomball ISD is looking out for the safety of students as Harris County remains a hotspot amid the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora, the district’s superintendent and her board made the ultimate decision Tuesday to push back the district’s start date to September 8. Social distancing: Students will be required to maintain a distance of 3-6 feet during class time, recess, lunchtime and bus riding. Masks: Masks are required for students in Pre-K through 12th grade on buses, school grounds, and where social distancing cannot be maintained. Measures not in place:PPEPartitioningTemperature checksClass size limitsAs preparations for our Fall 2020 reopening continue, Tomball ISD will not make any changes to the previously-approved... Posted by Tomball ISD on Tuesday, June 9, 2020Do you have questions about Tomball ISD’s plan?
Cleveland Independent School District: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school plans.
Cleveland ISD is phasing in their reopening plan following state and CDC guidelines. In a July 1 video update from Superintendent Chris Trotter, he emphasized that the health and safety of all students and teachers is the district’s priority. They are still awaiting guidance from the TEA for guidance on other areas such as class size limits and extracurricular activities. Start dateAugust 19List of measures in placeFlexible learning alternatives: Cleveland ISD will offer three methods of learning: in-school, online, and hybrid, leaving room for flexibility for parents and students. Our... Posted by Cleveland Independent School District on Monday, July 6, 2020Do you have questions about Cleveland ISD’s plan?
New Caney Independent School District: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school plans.
New Caney students will return to school beginning August 10. The district published an FAQ page on the school’s reopening, which includes preliminary information about registration, mobile Wi-Fi, and Chromebook rentals. A full plan has not been revealed and the district is currently following guidelines from the CDC and the state. Start dateAugust 10List of measures in place:Sanitization: All campuses are going through a deep clean on high-touch areas during the school closure, and will be deep cleaned prior to school reopening. Fill out the form below and we’ll work to find the answer to your question.
Aldine ISD: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school plans
Here’s what to know so far for the upcoming school year:CalendarThe first day of school is scheduled for August 17, 2020. Extra hand sanitizer will also be available at all Aldine ISD campuses. Social DistancingEach Aldine ISD campus has its own unique floor plan and needs. As such, each school is designing and developing a plan to address social distancing throughout the buildings and in each classroom. Mobile Breakfast – mobile carts will be stationed throughout each school to practice social distancing and speed service.
Galena Park ISD: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school plans
Galena Park ISD will offer face-to-face and virtual instruction for the upcoming school year. Instruction methods offeredGalena Park ISD plans to offer face-to-face as well as virtual instruction. Virtual100% Remote Learning (Virtual Instruction) using a device (Chromebook) provided by GPISD. Recent updatesMeet the new Galena Park ISD superintendent, Dr. John C. Moore. Do you have questions about Galena Park ISD’s plan?
What went into the KPRC 2 Back 2 School promo?
KPRC 2 Creative Services Producers Glorianne Quintero, Derek Stokely and Eric Greene sit on the KPRC 2 balcony to brainstorm. The KPRC 2 Promo team scours the internet in search of green shirts that can be purchased immediately. STEP 6LOOK FOR A SCHOOL: The KPRC 2 Promo team needed a classroom with a particular style of desk. The KPRC 2 Promo team reaches out to friends and staff members in search of children to act as the students. Later in the day, the KPRC 2 Promo team heads to The Imani School to shoot the classroom scenes with Gabriel, Riley, Emma, Olivia, Lily and Sophia.
Back 2 School start dates and resources links
List of districts below (in alphabetical order after HISD):HOUSTON ISD -- starts Monday, Aug. 26:For more information, visit www.houstonisd.org. ANGLETON ISD -- starts Monday, Aug. 19:For more information, visit www.angletonisd.net. BRAZOS ISD -- starts Wednesday, Aug. 21:For more information, visit www.brazosisd.net. BRAZOSPORT ISD -- starts Wednesday, Aug. 14:For more information, visit www.brazosportisd.net. CHANNELVIEW ISD -- starts Thursday, Aug. 15:For more information, visit www.cvisd.org.