As COVID-19 cases continue to grow, Houston ISD has opted not to start school on campuses, announcing its plans Wednesday (July 15) for virtual classes only, starting Sept. 8.
Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan went online to make the announcement, with details available on a dedicated webpage here.
The school year, which had been set to start on Aug. 24, will now be delayed until after Labor Day, with virtual instruction running from Sept. 8-Oct. 16. The goal, said Lathan, is for in-person instruction on campuses to begin Oct. 19 — health conditions permitting.
According to the plan outlined online, extracurricular activities including sports will not begin until in-person instruction resumes.
Parents will have the opportunity to opt-out of in-person classes for the remainder of the semester and the school year, said Lathan. All parents will be asked to complete an online preparatory course, 2020-21 Parent Introduction to Virtual Learning Online, by Aug. 28. The course will be made available July 31.
Pre-K enrollment is already underway online, with K-12 enrollment starting through the district website, HoustonISD.org, on Aug. 3.