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COVID-19 Update March 20, 2020

One Town, One Team, One Goal!
A Message from the Superintendent
Hempstead ISD
March 20, 2020

One Town, One Team, One Goal!

I am sure you are well aware of the many closures related to the COVID 19 pandemic.  As a member of the Hempstead Community I would like to keep you informed as to what is happening within the school system relating to this crisis.  Currently all school offices are closed, all activities are cancelled, and most staff are working from home.

Instruction is set to resume the week of March 30, 2020, with Grades 6-12 receiving their instruction through online portals.  Teachers will be giving lessons and collecting assignments through Google Classroom. All secondary courses will be offered including electives.  Grades K-5 will be receiving packets of work or workbooks in the mail beginning the week of March 30, 2020. These students will be able to contact a grade level teacher for assistance, by telephone, daily.  Preschoolers will receive instruction in a variety of ways including both online and paper packets. In addition, any parent or student may receive assistance by calling our main telephone number (979) 826-3304 from 7:30-4:30 M-F.  This line will be staffed so that messages may be taken and calls returned.  

In an effort to maintain the stability of our staff members’ lives during this crisis, the Hempstead ISD school board will discuss and take action on Monday to continue to provide regular pay to our employees. We are most thankful for this assistance.

Additionally, food service is being offered to any child ages birth to 18 daily from 9:00-11:30 am at our Elementary campus in the back drive.  We are also working on the ability to offer mobile distribution of food service to those areas of our district that are most populated.  

The Houston Mobile Food Bank will be at Hempstead ISD on Monday, March 30, from 9:00-11:00 am to offer food distribution for anyone (any age) in our area.  This service will be offered at the same location as the curbside meals at Hempstead Elementary. The food distribution, which consist of meat, produce and staples, will be limited to the first 250 families who drive through.  

Lastly, Governor Abbott has recently waived the STAAR test and all state accountability related to it for the 2019-2020 school year.  Hempstead ISD is aware of this waiver yet will still continue to participate in rigorous instruction in an effort to maintain the highest level of learning available.

Please continue to check our website regularly, as this is the best way to receive updated information.  

 

In Service,

Dr. Angela Gutsch

Superintendent
Hempstead ISD