First Day Of School Uncertain For HISD

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 31, 2017

All students in the largest district in Texas will be eligible to receive three free meals per day at school as the state recovers from Harvey.

The Houston Independent School District on Wednesday announced the plan promising free meals on campus to 216,000 students during the 2017-2018 school year.

The district received approval from both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture to waive the required application process, but is asking that families complete the application anyway.

Parents and guardians with students in HISD schools can access the National School Lunch/School Breakfast Program applications and surveys online here. "Some of the areas that are the hardest hit are filled with working parents whose limited funds will need to go toward recovery efforts".

HISD is now scheduled to reopen Tuesday but Superintendent Richard Carranza says they will decide later this week if that will change. The information will help the district secure funding and track student data, according to the press release.

HISD has postponed the start of the new school year until Tuesday, but it may now be later than that. HISD's latest announcement, though, marked the first time the district asked for waivers for the entire district, according to HISD spokesperson Sheleah Reed.

Through the Community Eligibility Program, Dallas ISD has been offering free breakfast and lunch to all its students since 2013.

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