Community Update from Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen

COVID-19 Updates

Dear Humble ISD Community,

As you know, Humble ISD continues to participate in the larger goal of containment of the Coronavirus - COVID-19 in support of our community and healthcare systems.  Our new normal, which we all hope is not too long, has challenged us as a community once again, and we want you to know that we are here to support you and your students.  

Humble ISD will remain closed until it is safe for us to reopen. We are currently closed through April 10, 2020; and while it seems unlikely that we will reopen that soon, this is a rapidly changing situation and no formal decision has been made to extend past April 10th at this time. We are working very hard to provide timely, reliable information, and we genuinely thank you for your patience and your support.

Humble ISD remains committed to providing food to the children in our community ages 1-18 and all Humble ISD students, as long as it is safe to do so. We continually try new approaches, make modifications, and try again. Last week we served more than 54,000 meals. I am extremely proud of all of our staff participating in this work, and I am thankful we are able to support parents, grandparents, and support networks in feeding children during our district closure.

Humble ISD is committed to supporting our students in continuing to learn and grow during our closure.  As you know, state testing is cancelled and we will end our 3rd quarter this Friday, March 27, 2020. Our teachers have pivoted to forms of distance learning almost overnight, and I am very proud of their work as well as their creativity and positive spirits.  School will not look or feel the same during closure, but we are committed to learning for all students. 

Humble ISD has surveyed our staff regarding access to distance learning tools and our Information Technology (IT) department and building leaders have made sure all employees have the tools and the access necessary to support students from their homes. We are now in the process of assessing the needs of our students and we will work to meet those needs as well.  

We continue to hope for the best and also plan for the worst. To this end, we are evaluating all possibilities for appropriate 4th quarter/2nd semester grading, socially distanced prom, socially distanced graduation, and all other aspects of ending the year in closure. While we hope this is not the case, we feel it is important to consider and plan for all possibilities. We know these and many, many other items are on your minds, and we are working to bring you timely and accurate information as we are able. 

Please, if you are able, support our local businesses. They are wonderful partners to us, and many of them were hit so hard only two-and-a-half years ago by Hurricane Harvey. And please, if you are able, support those essential workers we all need to report to work right now, as many of them are working long shifts and some are struggling to meet the needs of their own families during this time. We are a very giving community - it is our strength; we support one another and we can get through this together.

Finally, the Humble ISD family is special and it is strong. Together we will keep our family, friends, and our community safe; and together we will support our children in continuing their learning journey.  We are a very personalized system - something of which I am very proud; and even remotely, we will continue to support each student in a personalized way. Please contact your teachers, counselors, and administrators with your questions and concerns so that we can support you. Again, thank you for all that you do and are doing to support us. 

Sincerely,

Liz Fagen

Facts:

  • Humble ISD is closed through April 10, 2020.

  • There will be no state testing including STAAR and EOC.

  • Students will graduate through the Individual Graduation Committee (IGC) process in place of EOC exams.

  • Pre-ACT and SAT cancelled. ACT rescheduled to June 13, 2020.

  • AP testing will be online.

  • Prom and Graduation social distancing contingency plans being discussed - continued orders of 10 or fewer will require postponement.

  • Third quarter ends March 27, 2020.

  • Fourth quarter and second semester grading in development.

  • UIL games and contests suspended through Sunday, May 3, 2020.

  • Meals available.

  • Learning opportunities provided for all students.

  • Please see humbleisd.net for updates.