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HISD In Preparation For Safe Return In-Person Learning

Jason Martinez

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HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Independent School District continues to partner with health and education officials in order to ensure safe in-person learning experiences. Furthermore, the preparations for a safe and healthy return to the classroom are already in progress.

Face-to-face learning is indeed important for student success and growth process, include addressing learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, HISD will offer all students, in-person classes five days a week for the coming school year.

The Superintendent Millard House said, “As both superintendent and the father of two children enrolled and ready to be in HISD classrooms this fall, I can promise you that we’re doing everything we can in HISD to ensure all students are safe, healthy, and ready to learn,”

In addition, to help to address pandemic-related learning losses, 15 academic days have been added to the calendar school year. This was decided as a response to the feedback from teachers, parents, students, and educational experts, including recent test results from statewide STAAR that show learning gaps resulting from the pandemic.

The extended learning days will provide more opportunities for HISD to address its student's academic needs and to put resources designed to help students re-engage in learning and regain knowledge into use.

To provide a safe transition, HISD will maintain few health protocols including urging students, staff, and essential visitors to stay home when sick, providing masks upon request and allowing them to be worn in schools and buildings but not requiring them per state mandate.

Plexiglass dividers, routine nightly cleaning and disinfecting all schools will also stay in place. Limited visitation is available for essential visitors with pre-scheduled appointments.

Further information will be provided in the upcoming weeks as the back-to-school plan for this coming school year will be released by HISD.

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