Houston ISD has made changes to its pre-kindergarten registration policy for the 2020-21 school year due to impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak throughout Houston and Harris County.
A news release from the district said the process of enrolling 3- and 4-year-old children can now be done online, while the application deadlines have been extended. Enrollment for full-day instruction is occurring in three phases with the modified deadlines.
“We are making changes necessary to keep our youngest scholars and their families safe as they register for pre-K instruction during the COVID-19 crisis,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said in a news release.
To be eligible for enrollment, a child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 and live within HISD boundaries. However, children do not have to be zoned to a specific campus to attend a pre-K program. HISD said parents who applied during Phase 1 – which closed on Feb. 28 – will receive a letter regarding the application by June 1 and have until June 15 to verify their child’s Texas Education Agency qualifications and enroll at the school.
Parents can apply online for additional spots in HISD’s pre-K program during the ongoing Phase 2 until Aug. 24, while families already eligible for the program should hear back about their application status by June 16, according to the district.
During the third phase, parents whose 4-year-old children are not eligible for the full-day TEA program will have the option to pay tuition for enrollment at any school with open spots beginning June 21. Parents of 3-year-old children eligible for the TEA program will receive an update on their application on the same date, according to HISD.
In order to register their child, parents can visit ChooseHISD.com and should provide documents such as parent income, proof of address, an original birth certificate, immunization records and an ID.