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Security top priority as HISD students head back to school

Many districts, together with Houston ISD, began school whereas persevering with to cope with trainer shortages and different points.

HOUSTON, Texas — HISD, the biggest school district in Texas, is back in session. We tagged alongside as the superintendent visited a lot of campuses on Monday.

“First and foremost, a easy welcome back,” Houston ISD superintendent Millard House II stated at Burrus Elementary.

Burrus and Marshall Middle have been House’s first two stops on the primary day of school for practically 200,000 students.

“There’s generally some hiccups and they’re going to be hiccups from time to time, peaks and valleys,” House said.  But what’s most important is our students in HISD are back in the hallways of our buildings.”

House stated about 5% of school rooms are and not using a licensed trainer as the brand new year begins. But substitutes and even central office workers are serving to fill the gaps.

Meantime, changes are being made by the transportation division to deal with the staffing shortages there.

On a optimistic observe, House touted, amongst different issues, current educational achievements at many colleges.

“We’re excited to have our youngsters back within the arms’ attain of our academics,” he stated.

Making certain students are secure was among the many top issues of fogeys in KHOU’s back-to-school survey.

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We spoke with House one-on-one about that in a cease at Sharpstown High and he stated it is his top priority.

“Safety and security is number one,” House stated. “A toddler can’t study in the event that they don’t really feel secure.”

House instructed us new rifles, ballistic shields and two-way radios not too long ago permitted by the board ought to arrive throughout the subsequent few months relying on the kind of tools.

Those are all issues he hoped won’t ever be wanted.

Other districts returning Monday included Cy-Fair ISD, the second-largest district in our space, Lamar CISD and Galveston ISD.

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