Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Following Harvey, Houston ISD Looks Forward to School Start

Following Harvey, Houston ISD Looks Forward to School Start

Other smaller, less diverse districts also continue to scramble to meet the requirements.

Students and staff in CISD, TISD and MISD will return to school September 5.

On Monday, August 21, school doors across the district opened wide to welcome more than 350,000 students back for another chart-topping school year.

This is a really good look on the Houston Independent School District.

Standard school supply items and backpacks are in high demand and non-perishable items and toiletries also will be accepted.

Vincze said parent response is a reflection of what grade their student is in and how many children they have who are students.

Now, through a relatively new program in Chico Unified School District, students who want to work, as well as students who have health issues that prevent them from going to school and those who just don't want to be on campus, have another option available to them.

Navasota ISD is offering an expedited registration process to students displaced by Harvey, though Jessica Johnson, communications director for the district, said there hasn't had any such enrollments and the district doesn't expect to have many, if any at all. School districts in Union, Cabarrus and Gaston counties say they are willing to help families enroll their kids in school if needed.

"We don't care about any of that right now", she said. Earlier this week, officials said they hoped to start school following the Labor Day weekend.

Most urban and rural schools are keeping pace in their efforts to recruit and retain more teachers to meet a court-mandated target for reduced class sizes, Education Minister Rob Fleming says.

HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza said his concerns about the structural integrity of buildings and safety could push back the opening. "But we also need to be sure that our campuses are safe and that Houston's infrastructure and roads are ready to handle transporting our students safely to school". Carranza told ABC13 Liberty High School had significant damage, and that classes will likely have to take place in another facility.

About 900,000 students attend 300 campuses in the 17 districts in the greater Houston area. "We do not have a timeline for how long the recovery process will take".

One of the schools that is seriously damaged is Hilliard Elementary.

While some families have the financial means to move in order to seek out better schools, many others don't, and the system forces them to settle for their zoned school, whether it suits their needs or not. In other words, some superintendents would rather bow to political pressure than allow low-income kids to fill empty seats in affluent schools.

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