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Posts published in “Day: September 19, 2017

HISD approves extended school day

At its first regular board meeting since Hurricane Harvey forced a delayed start to the school year, the Houston Independent School District Board of Education approved an extended school day to make up instructional time. The Texas Education Agency approved waivers that exempt students from making up the first nine days the storm took away. However, students at 12 schools starting later will have to make up lost time beyond those days.

“There is no perfect solution,” said Superintendent Richard Carranza. “And as we talked about over the course of this weather event, flexibility will be key. But we are also making sure the extra time is not just seat time.”

The board approved an additional 25 minutes of instructional time at the four schools: Bellaire High, Northside High, Key Middle, and Robinson Elementary. Eight schools will have an additional 55 minutes of instructional time: Liberty High, Forest Brook Middle, Mitchell Elementary, Braeburn Elementary, R.P. Harris Elementary, Hilliard Elementary, Kolter Elementary, and Scarborough Elementary. The extended day will begin on each school’s first day, and go through the first semester. They will return to their regular schedules for the spring semester.

Aldine ISD to provide meals to all students through September 30, 2017

Aldine ISD will be providing free meals to all students when they return to school on September 7, 2017.

The meals include breakfast which is already free for all students and now allows for lunch as well.

Texas Department of Agriculture has received authorization from the federal government to allow schools in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey to provide meals to students at no cost to families for the month of September.

Parents are still strongly encouraged to complete the meal application process if not already completed. Student eligibility based on the 16/17 school year will expire on October 16, 2017.

Online meal applications may be completed using a computer or smart phone. Please visit the district, a school, or Child Nutrition website for access or If access to a computer or smart phone is not available, a paper application will be provided.


Crime Stoppers Helping You Stay Safe

Crime Stoppers of Houston is here for the community on an everyday basis and is ready to step up for our community in times of natural disaster. While none understood the impact Harvey would have, we at Crime Stoppers were concerned with the criminal activity that might result as a consequence.

In the chaotic days after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in late August, looting became a major concern for our city.

Unfortunately, criminals are more than willing to take advantage of the frightening situation after a major storm and of those that have lost everything.

While we recognized that our law enforcement partners would be busy monitoring rising waters, assisting with street closures, performing evacuations/water rescues and more, we immediately knew we had to step in to help. We needed to do everything we could to educate our community on how to stay safe during this time of crisis.

Since then, the team at Crime Stoppers has been…

• reminding everyone to keep calling our Tip Line at 713-222-TIPS-(8477) with anonymous tips

• active on social media, disseminating safety tips as they relate to hurricane preparation, looting, safe social media posting, scams, resources for victims of domestic and child abuse during a national disaster, volunteer opportunities – click here to read these safety tips!

• sharing notices from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office that Houston looters will face more time for crimes committed in disaster areas

• tracking social media posts involving looters and sharing that information with the community and the proper law enforcement agencies

• fielding calls from the community asking what to do, reports of looting, questions on how to report crime cases