We provide different services to help students and their families understand the Houston ISD and TEA attendance policies. Our Compliance Analysts, Outreach Workers and Parent/Community Liaisons focus on meeting individual student needs and collaborating with families, community organizations, and professional services to remove academic, social, and emotional barriers to student success.
The education provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act, which are now incorporated within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), ensure educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The law directly applies to homeless unaccompanied youth who also receive some special attention within the Act.
The mission of Houston I.S.D.'s Homeless Education Office is to assist students and families that are living in a homeless situation or that are in transition.
Complete the Student Residency Questionnaire (SRQ) / Questionario de Residencia (SRQ Espanol)
With the adoption of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Military-Connected students are now recognized as a distinct subgroup, including students whose parents are active duty, members of the National Guard or Reserves or Veterans of the United States Military.
•Enrich the lives of military-connected students and the communities in which they live.
•Provide resources, technical assistance, and support that facilitates the continuity of education and equitable learning experiences for military-connected students.
•Promote, foster, and engage in partnerships with stakeholders that support military-connected students, families, and communities.
•Recognize and support the military-connected student’s academic, social, and emotional needs.
•Parents, and other supporting adults, are empowered with the knowledge to ensure military-connected students are college, workforce and life-ready.
Mission Statement & Program Goals
Texas Law recognizes this group as being at risk of dropping out. In 2019, children who had a parent who was incarcerated or were themselves incarcerated were added to the list of at-risk students for dropout prevention plans.
The United States has been recognized of having the highest incarcerated population in the world with 2.1 million individuals incarcerated alongside a leading incarceration rate. In addition, 54% of the incarcerated population have one or more minor children, representing 2.7 million or 1 in 28 children with an incarcerated parent. This program aims to increase awareness among staff about the prevalence of parental incarceration, identify areas of vulnerability to prevent absenteeism and dropouts, provide support by collaborating with mental health professionals to help students, and more. The mission of this program is to continuously build brighter futures for students while increasing self-knowledge and valuable leadership skills that are primed to surface during students’ transition post high school.
Training to ensure proper identification and coding of students with incarcerated parents.
Increase awareness among staff about the prevalence of parental incarceration
Identify areas of vulnerability to prevent absenteeism and dropouts
Provide support by collaborating with mental health professionals to help students work through their feelings about parental incarceration
Establish networks of support and services for the student and family within their community.