HISD: Estimated 10K-12K students will need to be temporarily moved

Superintendent Richard Carranza said the goal is to start the school year on September 11, but that could change. But Fleming said Friday that based on his conversations with school district officials so far, they are managing. The University of Houston's football team decamped to Austin to hold normal practices — though the school decided late Tuesday to cancel its season-opening game at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

Schools may need to take on more of a caregiving role to help students regain a sense of normalcy.

At the same time Carranza pledges the school year won't be lost.

Carranza received approval to accept a $1 million donation to the district's foundation from a private donor to aid in the relief effort, and the board voted to compensate hourly workers such as school bus drivers for the time Harvey forced schools to be closed.

But the end of summer vacation before Labor Day - which many parents fondly recall as their last hurrah as they turned their attention back to their studies - doesn't sit well in some communities.

The 216,000 students in the Houston Independent School District, the largest in Texas and seventh-largest in the nation, were supposed to start classes this past Monday.

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

City officials have been working to make sure evacuees know where the closest school is located.

Fresno Unified, on the other hand, wants to ensure that the district's many immigrant families who travel back to Latin America during the winter break can enjoy a three-week vacation, said district spokesman Miguel Arias, adding that district schools have been on this schedule for at least two decades. While all students are eligible, parents are still asked to register through this website so enough food and funding can be secured. He stated the district will aim to keep them together with their siblings and other family at their new schools in order for them to "feel welcome and safe after going through what was likely a bad ordeal".

Jason Gammon, president of the Greater Victoria Teachers' Association, said the district should be looking to reopen schools such as Richmond Elementary, which shut down in 2004 due to declining enrolment.

"One of her friends, his house was completely underwater and he had to be rescued", she said. The experience provides an immediate bolt of energy that quite frankly buoys me throughout the year.

District personnel were going to be visiting shelters to assess the needs of and plan transportation for students.

  • Kyle Peterson