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BeyondtheNews

School officials in more than 200 southeastern Texas districts
were struggling early last month to recover from Hurricane
Harvey and ensure that more than 1 million students who were
disrupted by the storm could begin the school year in safe and
functional classrooms.
At press time, most districts impacted by Harvey-related
flooding had delayed school openings and were assessing damage and starting remediation. Texas education commissioner
Mike Morath authorized missed school day waivers for districts
in federally designated disaster areas.
At Houston ISD, the nation's seventh-largest school district,
as many as 12,000 students were expected to be displaced from
storm-damaged schools and transferred to other campuses in
the district, according to the Houston Chronicle. Officials there
were considering double shifts in some buildings, with students
from one school attending class in the morning and students
from another school attending class in the afternoon, the
Chronicle reported.
The storm's impact was expected to be felt well beyond the
region directly hit by Harvey, as districts elsewhere in the state
prepared to serve displaced families who had found temporary
shelter or housing in their cities.
The federal McKinney-Vento Act provides protections for
homeless students, such as those affected by natural disasters.
Displaced students can enroll in other districts and are entitled
to free lunch and transportation.

RELIEF FOR SCHOOLS-Roy Garcia, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
associate superintendent, helps organize classroom supplies
donated to Moore Elementary School teachers in September.

In Texas, state funding follows students, so a district accepting displaced children receives the necessary additional
financial support. Some districts, including Dallas ISD, waived
some of the usual enrollment requirements to simplify the process for displaced students who were sheltered in the city.
Ray Bendici is special projects editor.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

DID YOU HEAR?

Brian Garverick, superintendent
of Mansfield City Schools in Ohio,
has banned electronic devices in
an effort to disconnect students
from social media. Students are not
allowed to use smartphones and
other mobile technology on school
grounds-before, during or after
classes. Also banned: cameras,
laptops, lasers, music devices,
headphones, portable televisions,
games, toys and pagers. Teachers or
administrators can
approve devices, and
students can use
certain equipment
on buses at the
discretion of drivers.

Study: Shifting school start times
could add $83B to economy

16 October 2017

By Ray Bendici

CYPRESS-FAIRBANKS ISD

Houston-area districts
grapple with hurricane disruptions

The RAND Corporation and RAND Europe released a first-ever,
state-by-state analysis in 47 states showing that a nationwide
move to start school at 8.30 a.m. could contribute $83 billion to
the U.S. economy within a decade.
Even after just two years, the study projects a national
economic gain of $8.6 billion, which would outweigh the costs
per student from delaying school start times to 8:30 a.m.,
mainly due to transportation costs.
The economic gains lie in part in higher academic and
professional performance of students and reduced car crash
rates among adolescents.
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