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Post-Katrina lessons for Harvey's returning students
The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 11, 2017 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, Henry Gass

Posted on 09/12/2017 6:40:54 AM PDT by Jagermonster

As many students in Houston head back to school starting Sept. 11, observers say there is a need for specialized support for both children and teachers.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 NASHUA, N.H. AND HOUSTON—Bryan McMillian was supposed to start college Aug. 28 at Prairie View A&M University, near Houston. Now, the apartment he had lined up in nearby Cypress, Texas, is flooded, and he’s trying to figure out if he can take online classes for a semester while he stays with some family in Austin.

Harvey wasn’t the first hurricane to disrupt his educational journey. Katrina hit on what would have been his first day of first grade in New Orleans. His family spent two years in Houston before they made their way back to Louisiana.

Now, six schools and innumerable life lessons later, this is what he’d say to a child displaced in Texas or, now, Florida: “Don’t let it get you down…. I know that this hurricane has caused damage…, but use this as the fuel to send you to even higher thinking and higher learning.”

He and the many adults tasked with helping children through the aftermath of disaster know that’s easier said than done. In Houston, some schools are reopening this week, while others are trying to figure out how to assist the students whose schools won’t be inhabitable anytime soon.

Staggered start dates

Houston Independent School District (HISD), the seventh-largest school district in the country and the largest district in Texas, has about 280 schools serving some 215,000 students. Given the devastation from hurricane Harvey, the district has implemented rolling start dates for many campuses, with a majority of schools starting today, and several dozen more starting next week and the week after.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Hampshire; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: harvey; houston; recovery; schools
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