On Aug. 13, the HISD board of trustees approved a $54.6 million amendment to the district’s 2020-21 budget, including $31 million for technological devices and internet hot spots. The funding is part of the district’s “Reconnect Safely and Return Strong” initiative that aims to “help close the digital divide and ensure students are equipped” when they return to school with virtual instruction Sept. 8.
HISD has provided more than 76,000 devices and 6,000 free hot spots for students in need since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a news release from the district. The district also said it plans to distribute an additional 22,750 devices and 19,151 hot spots by the end of next month.
Additionally, the district is hosting a kickoff event for its HISD @ H.O.M.E. Camp Spark online academic enrichment program at 1 p.m. Tuesday at BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas Ave. The free, two-week online academic camp begins Aug. 24 and runs through Sept. 4 to help students prepare for school.
HISD said Camp Spark lessons will cover topics including physical eduction, science, literacy, math, internet safety, technology and art.
Registration is encouraged but not required for Camp Spark, according to the district. For more information, visit Houstonisd.org/CampSpark.