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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston Independent School District
News Release
Monday, September 11, 2017

HISD teachers with delayed start of school year to go through trauma training and plan community outreach at professional development

Monday, more than 250 HISD schools will head back to class for the first time since Hurricane Harvey.  While that accounts for the majority of our campuses, students, and staff, we still have a significant number who are a part of the rolling start that Superintendent Richard Carranza announced last week. 

Those teachers not reporting back to class Monday will still report for professional development.  They’ll assess the needs of their individual campuses now and when they return to school, and plan community outreach to go into their neighborhoods to reconnect with the families waiting for their first day of school.  That planning will start Monday.  They will also go through trauma training Tuesday to help prepare them to receive their students on the first day, many of whom have traumatic experiences including loss of homes and valuables. 

“Our educators are ready to get back to the business of teaching our students.  We want to keep them engaged while they’re still not able to be on their campuses doing what they love,” said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Grenita Lathan.  “We also want to keep them connected to their students and families so they’ll know their HISD family is still working for them even now.”

Teachers will be available to answer your questions about the anticipation of starting school and getting back into class with their young scholars, the challenges they may have going back to school after the storm, and the challenge of locating their students and assessing their needs.  Dr. Lathan will also be available to discuss plans for the students in those schools scheduled to begin in the next two weeks. 




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