Students are returning to Humble ISD classrooms in a significant way. More than 10 percent of those who chose remote learning have returned for in-person instruction since school began under the Covid-19 cloud.

At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, 60.4 percent – 27,351 students – were learning in person, and 40.6 percent – 17,902 students – were learning remotely, according to Jamie Mount, the district’s chief communications officer.

“In the last 9-week grading period of the year, 72.2 percent (33,067 students) are learning in person and 27.8 percent (12,762 students) are learning remotely,” Mount said.

And nearly a fourth of the students who chose to stay home are venturing onto campuses for extra curricular activities.

“Approximately 3,300 of the students learning remotely are coming onto campus for UIL classes,” she said.

Humble ISD this year offered students and their parents three choices: in-person learning, remote learning and remote learning with UIL classes in-person, according to Mount.

In an interview, Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen said proms and graduation will happen, not quite as they have in past years, but certainly not like 2020 when most events were canceled.

School districts, including Humble ISD, on the other hand, are looking to the state to learn what will and will not be allowed post-COVID-19.

“We’re right in the middle of our bi-annual session in Texas and, if legislation passes, we’ll continue online learning for parents who request it,” said Fagen. “If virtual learning is not approved for Texas, then we won’t offer it.

“We’re going to have them, proms and graduation,” Fagen said. “Each campus has worked together to choose an outdoor prom site. And we’re going to have our graduations at Turner Stadium.”

Traditionally, graduation occurred all in one day. Each Class of 2021, this year, will have its own special graduation day at Turner:

“Humble ISD is planning memorable outdoor graduation ceremonies at Turner Stadium to celebrate our 2021 graduates,” Trey Kraemer, assistant superintendent for high schools, said. “The graduations are scheduled for the night or the morning to avoid the heat of the day.”

The Turner Stadium graduations were scheduled with the largest high school, Atascocita, going first, and the smallest high school, Kingwood Park, going last to maximize efficiency with set up and staging for ceremonies held over five consecutive days.

As for summer and fall sports, Lake Houston parents will be happy to hear “…we’re preparing for a normal summer,” said Troy Kite, executive director, UIL athletics/fine arts. “We’re waiting for guidance from the board about whether masks will be required.”

Kite said the district recognizes that the community and their kids want to resume sports and “…we are prepared to have the full complement of activities.

“The board understands that activities outside are different and they are open to modifying their policy,” he said.

Some Lake Houston parents are concerned about what is labeled learning loss, the constraints the pandemic – and learning online at home – have placed on students, that they are not learning as well or are falling behind.

“We have our arms around that,” said Fagen.

Humble ISD has focused on literacy and developing skills that are key to the educational development of younger students, according to Fagen.

“We were concerned about a few of our students, but the number is shrinking, and we’re headed in the right direction,” she said.

Prior to the 2020 “pandemic” school year, parents filled out a district questionnaire stating whether their kids would return to the classroom or learn online. Parents were polled again for the 2021 fall semester.

“Parents of middle and high school students indicated their preferred learning location for next year when students submitted their course requests,” said Mount. “Elementary school parents have received communication about how to indicate their preferred learning location for the next year for elementary students.”

For parents who are concerned about students who have fallen behind, the district has developed a summer option under the guidance of Lucy Schulz, assistant superintendent for elementary education.

“We also want our youngest students to feel good about coming to school, so we’ve created a pre-K program that introduces them to their school and their parents can register them at the same time,” said Fagen.

Parents of students enrolling in pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year may begin the pre-registration process online beginning April 5, according to Mount. 

“Parents enrolling students in pre-Kindergarten also will have the option to register at the Humble Civic Center, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9, or from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 16,” Mount said. “While there, parents can complete the pre-K application, turn in required documents, verify eligibility, check immunizations, and find information on transportation, campus location, language testing and more.”

Information for parents about pre-K and Kindergarten is posted at humbleisd.net/prekkinder.

Keep current with the District’s latest information, humbleisd.net, and click on the “COVID-19 Dashboard” icon.

Graduation - Humble ISD Class of 2021

Quest Early College High School

7 p.m. Thursday, May 20

Inside Humble Civic Center

Atascocita High School

8 p.m., Tuesday, June 1, Turner Stadium

Rain date: 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 2

Kingwood High School

8 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, Turner Stadium

Rain date: 9 a.m. Thursday, June 3

Summer Creek High School

8 p.m. Thursday, June 3, Turner Stadium

Rain date: 9 a.m. Friday, June 4

Humble High School

8 p.m. Friday, June 4, Turner Stadium

Rain date: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 5

Kingwood Park High School

9 a.m. Saturday, June 5, Turner Stadium

Rain date: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 5, or Sunday, June 6

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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