Skip to comments.Post-Katrina lessons for Harvey's returning students
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 HOUSTONBryan 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 hes trying to figure out if he can take online classes for a semester while he stays with some family in Austin.
Harvey wasnt 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 hed say to a child displaced in Texas or, now, Florida: Dont 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 thats 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 wont 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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