Going back to school in the Houston area

covid back to school

As summer ends, we would normally be gearing up for getting the kids back to school. However, 2020 is proving to be anything but normal.

(19) public school districts

Of the (19) public school districts in the Greater Houston area, most were scheduled to start mid to late August with in-person and online school options. Yet, as we have all learned, those dates changed late July as Houston continued to experience large increases numbers of positive cases for COVID-19.

Houston ISD led the change with pushing back their start date to 9/8/20 and offering only online classes until 10/19/20. Logic is this will give the city a chance to get the virus under control before our kids back in school. Since Houston ISD is the largest ISD in the country, I think this was a safe bet and helpful to parents for planning.
Fort Bend ISD also made a decisive call mid-July that they are going online only until further notice leaving them ample time to make necessary adjustments. This again offers parents the ability to make plans on how they are going to handle the new school year.

Other districts, Goose Creek and Galena Park, are set to follow Houston ISD’s lead and have adopted similar plans. Cy-Fair ISD has opted to begin school on September 8 with in person and online options. Which leaves the rest as a complete mixed bag. At time of press, numerous districts still have not made their announcements. This is leaving many parents and children anxious and frustrated.

Private Schools

Yet, most of the private schools are ready to go with plans in place for both in-person and virtual options. If you are unsure about sending your kids back to public school, check out our Education directory. It is filled with excellent choices in all parts of the Greater Houston area. Give them a call. Schedule a tour. See what options are available. It just might be time to make the switch.


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