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2020-2021 HISD Reopening Plan

All students will begin the 2020-2021 school year virtually on September 8, 2020.

With the health and safety of students, families, and staff as the top priority, all HISD 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.

The decision to begin the 2020-2021 school year virtually and delay the start of the school year for two weeks was due to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases in the area.

On Monday, October 19, 2020, face-to-face instruction for students will begin. This date is subject to change based on COVID-19 conditions across the City of Houston and guidance from local, state, and federal health officials.

“We have been working diligently to identify ways to continue providing quality education while ensuring the health and safety of our students, staff, and families,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “I believe this plan is the best option for the HISD community, given the current circumstances and challenges presented by COVID-19.”

Because it’s important for parents to have the ultimate choice on determining what is best for their child, there will be an option to opt out of face-to-face instruction entirely for the fall semester and 2020-2021 school year.  All parents will be asked to complete the 2020-2021 Parent Introduction to Virtual Learning Online Course by August 28.  The course will be available on July 31.

Here is a timeline for the re-opening dates:

  • September 8, 2020: First day of school (Virtual only)
  • October 19, 2020: Face-to-face instruction begins – subject to change based on COVID-19 conditions across the city of Houston and guidance from local, state, and federal health officials.
  • September 8 – January 29: First semester of remote learning for students/parents who choose online-only instruction.

*Parents will have the option to choose remote instruction for the fall semester (through January 29) or entire school year (through June 11).