The Houston Independent School District has developed a plan to deliver quality education during the upcoming 2020-2021 school year while ensuring the health and safety of our students, families and staff.

    With this in mind, all students will begin the 2020-2021 school year virtually on September 8, 2020.

    Virtual instruction for all students will continue for six weeks through Friday, October 16, 2020. On Monday, October 19, 2020, face-to-face instruction for all students will begin. However, this date is subject to change based on COVID-19 conditions across the City of Houston and recommendations from local, state, and federal health officials.

    Because it’s important for parents to have the ultimate choice on determining what is best for their child, parents will have the option to opt out of face-to-face instruction entirely for the fall semester and school year.

    Parents who choose this option will be asked to complete the 2020-2021 Parent Introduction to Virtual Learning Online Course by September 4, 2020. The course will be available on August 10, 2020.

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Timeline Fall 2020

September 8, 2020
First day of school (all students virtual)
October 19, 2020
Face-to-face instruction begins*
September 8, 2020 - January 29, 2021
First semester of virtual learning for students/parents who choose online instruction.
*Parents will have the option to choose online instruction for the fall semester (through January 29) or entire school year (through June 11). Read more about this process here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the district determining whether to close a school due to positive or presumed positive COVID-19 cases?

  • What is the plan for the 2020-2021 school year?

  • What is the timeline?

  • How was the reopening plan formulated?

  • Will parents have the option to continue virtual instruction for their students?

  • What will be required from parents who decide to continue remote instruction?

  • What information will be used to determine whether to keep or push back the target date?

  • What is the plan for return of school staff members to campuses?

  • What safety protocols will be in place at district schools and facilities?

  • Will visitors on school campuses be limited?

  • What should classrooms look like to ensure physical distancing measures are in place?

  • How will physical distancing measures be ensured on school buses? Which students will be eligible for transportation?

  • How often will schools be sanitized?

  • Will a student lose his/her magnet school placement if they choose virtual instruction?

  • How do parents obtain technology for their child(ren) during virtual learning?

  • Will students be provided meals at school?

  • What will extracurricular and fine arts activities look like in the fall?

  • Will any field trips take place in the fall?

HISD @ H.O.M.E. Hotline

  • HISD @ H.O.M.E.

    Students and parents can call the HISD @ H.O.M.E. Hotline Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 713-556-INFO (4636) with questions regarding virtual learning.

    Operators will be on hand to answer questions in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Arabic.