Hurricane Harvey affecting more than one million students


Superintendent Richard Carranza said almost all of the 200 school cities that district officials have been able to evaluate suffered some flooding.

Starting Friday at 10:30 a.m, HISD will be collecting new or unused clothes, blankets and toiletries at Delmar Fieldhouse in northwestern Houston, and continuing again at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Twenty-two of its 245 schools had extensive damage that will keep them closed for months.

High school football bleachers near Lake Houston.

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"We are the fastest-growing district per capita and we are seeing well over 500 students [added] per year over the last three years", he said. By August 25, the state Board of Education is expected to have approved more than 1,400 emergency certificates for the current school year.

The Houston Independent School District has found a way to help all the families it serves in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Over the past few days, the city has received many offers of support for Harvey students enrolling at Austin Independent School District. Others said some teachers quit before the school year ended, struggled throughout the year or were unable to pass tests needed for certification.

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"There is that slight chance there will be a delay past September 11, but we're working with all due haste to make sure we're going to meet that deadline", Carranza said. His statement included access to a "Disaster Recovery Guidance" document to ensure schools are ready to enroll students affected by Harvey. When school resumes, HISD said it will relax the school uniform policy. While all students are eligible, parents are still asked to register through this website so enough food and funding can be secured. "We will get them in school".

Staff at Springwood elementary school are preparing to reopen their doors after closing in 2010.

"One of her friends, his house was completely underwater and he had to be rescued", she said. Schools in and around the district were used as shelters during the storm and district buses help transport those displaced by floodwater.

"We wanted to develop a program that would meet the needs of all of our kids", Marchant said.

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