September 2, 2017

Over the past week, our community has seen both devastating losses and awe-inspiring expressions of concern. We are united behind one cause - to rescue, help and heal those hurt by Harvey!
 

One unprecedented challenge facing our community is providing education to the 2,782 students of Kingwood High School.  Flood waters devastated KHS.  While restoration work began immediately, experts say it could require the entire 2017-2018 school year for KHS to reopen. The building is unsafe and unhealthy. 

Our community must implement a plan to serve KHS students. The ideal solution would be to identify a building that could accommodate all students on the bell schedule to which we are accustomed. The unfortunate reality is that at this time, there is no facility available in our area to serve the population of KHS and provide extracurricular opportunities. Therefore, we must share this responsibility together as a community. 

Humble ISD has audited classroom space and enrollment at all campuses to determine viable options. Out of all campuses, space is available at Summer Creek High School. Summer Creek High School Principal Brent McDonald has identified classrooms that could be turned over to KHS while KHS is being restored. The entire KHS student body and faculty could be together as Mustangs on the SCHS campus. Athletics, fine arts, activities and courses would continue for all students. 

The unwelcome challenge posed by Harvey will require a modified high school schedule. The district is seeking your feedback on the following scheduling options: 

Option A:
SCHS classes meet in the mornings; KHS classes meet in the afternoons at SCHS. Monday-Friday schedule.

KHS at SCHS Option A


Details:

  • SCHS classes meet from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • KHS classes meet from Noon to 4:30 p.m.
  • Breakfast will be available at SCHS campus.
  • Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as an option for students after classes conclude or before classes begin. Students are not required to remain on campus during lunch.
  • Bus transportation to and from SCHS is offered to all KHS students.
  • Seven-period day.
  • Classes are about 34 minutes in length.
  • First day of school for students is Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.
  • There are no late arrival or early release days.
  • Planning time for teachers is after school at SCHS and before school at KHS.

Advantages:

  • KHS student body, faculty and staff remain united as one school community.
  • All courses and activities offered.
  • Students can remain in classes they originally selected.
  • Adequate, free parking for all KHS and SCHS students who apply for a permit.
  • Additional support for students. Having faculty from two high schools on the same campus, but with different teaching hours, will provide opportunities for teachers to tutor, share expertise, and provide classroom coverage when needed.

Disadvantages:

  • Up to a 45-minute bus ride for KHS students.
  • Traffic congestion between 11:30 to Noon during dismissal and arrival.
  • Requires shorter day for SCHS and KHS students. The campus must run a morning school and an afternoon school because there is not enough space for 2,782 students of KHS and 2,231 students of SCHS – 5,013 students in total -- to be in classes simultaneously.
  • Potential changes to extracurricular/activity practice.

Option B:
SCHS classes meet Monday, Wednesday, Friday full day.
KHS classes meet Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday full day at SCHS.

KHS at SCHS Option B


Details:

  • Classes meet 7:15 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
  • Seven period day.
  • Classes are about 55 minutes in length.
  • Bus transportation to and from SCHS is offered to all KHS students.
  • First day of school for students is Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.
  • There are no late arrival or early release days.
  • Planning time for teachers is on days when SCHS or KHS classes do not meet. 

Advantages:

  • KHS student body, faculty and staff remain united as one school community.
  • All courses and activities offered.
  • Students can remain in classes they originally selected.
  • 55–minutes per class period.
  • Adequate, free parking for all KHS and SCHS students who apply for a permit.
  • Additional support for students. Having faculty from two high schools on the same campus, but with different teaching days, will provide opportunities for teachers to tutor, share expertise, and provide classroom coverage when needed.

 Disadvantages:

  • TEA approval required.
  • Up to a 45 minute bus ride for KHS students.
  • Potential changes to extracurricular/activity practice.
  • Students not in classes on campus part of the week. The campus must run a Monday-Wednesday-Friday school and a Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday school because there is not enough space for 2,782 students of KHS and 2,231 students of SCHS – 5,013 students in total -- to be in classes simultaneously.

A survey was sent to families and staff of KHS and SCHS. Because plans must be made quickly, the survey will close at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. 

For questions, please contact the Public Communications Office at webmaster@humbleisd.net or 281-641-8200.