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April 10, 2020

Message to DeBakey HSHP Parents

We have all survived the first few weeks of online learning.  Both students and teachers have conquered the initial transition.  We are now moving into the final grading cycle of the spring semester.  It is important that we stay on course for students to have the foundation to continue next school year successfully at their next educational level.  Often, our returning graduates will remark how well prepared they are compared to other students from other schools. We want to keep up the momentum for our current students.   

In order to improve the online experience, DeBakey staff and students were asked to submit suggestions and comments regarding our online schedule.   Their comments and suggestions were reviewed. Option 1 was selected by teachers with revisions: subject classes meet at the same time each day (time selection was made by lottery) and two different time periods are offered for elective classes.   The continuity of keeping the original schedule with modifications was the best option. 

Teachers and students are not required to sit in front of the computer 7 hours a day… every day.  It is recommended the “live” time is limited to 3-4 hours a day.  Most teachers are scheduling “live” time only 1-2 times a week.  Students can check their teachers HUB page periodically, any time, to determine the “live” times, assignments, due dates, and resources.  Considering teachers and students are at home with family with various responsibilities and/or distractions, this schedule will accommodate these conditions.  

Please note the following updates: 

  • The College Board will administer Advanced Placement Exams for college credit during the 3rd and 4th weeks of May.  The AP exam schedule will be placed on the HUB.  Please check the College Board website and with your AP teacher for updates and review information.  The College Board Advanced Placement courses will require additional study hours.
  • Friday, April 10th is a holiday.
  • The sixth (6th) grading cycle begins Monday, April 13th.
  • Currently, HISD Schools are scheduled to reopen Monday, May 4th.  Depending on the National, Texas, or Harris County health status, Dr. Lathan will announce any changes or revisions of the remaining school year by the last week of April.  
  • HISD has implemented an adjusted high school grading plan for the spring semester.  

All final exams are cancelled.  See an explanation below and on our DeBakey website:

All assignments for the 6th grading cycle must be completed by the designated dates.  All assignments will have equal value. The adjusted grading plan for the spring semester provides an unique opportunity for all students.  For students who did not perform very well for cycle 4 and cycle 5, this is an opportunity to increase their course average and increase their GPA.  For students who were anticipating summer school, that may no longer be required with a successful cycle 6. For seniors who have received acceptances to colleges and universities, remember that acceptance is contingent upon their graduation and the university review of the last transcript that will be sent June 2020 to their selected university.

Parents will be notified if students fail to log in to the HUB on a regular basis or do not complete assignments.  Continue to access your student’s grades through HISD Gradespeed. Please contact your student’s teacher, counselor or an administrator through their emails for questions, assistance or concerns.  DeBakey HSHP staff emails are available on our website:  

This has been a challenging adventure and a learning  process.  We have great students and very supportive parents.  We will get through this. 

Agnes Perry




Dear Team HISD: 

While COVID-19 has certainly presented unique and challenging circumstances, we remain committed to supporting the district’s 210,000 students and their families during these tumultuous times. Through our online learning system, HISD @ H.O.M.E., students have access to quality instructional materials and resources. 

In addition, for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year we are adopting the following grading policies to ensure that students’ grades are not negatively affected due to the current circumstances: 

  • No district grades taken after March 12, 2020 can negatively impact a student’s overall average for the course. 
  • If a student’s grade in the final grading cycle negatively impacts their overall final grade in a course, that final cycle grade will be omitted in the calculation of the final grade for the course. 
  • Individual schools have discretion for class assignments and grading, but they have been asked to be flexible and understanding of the burdens and limitations that COVID-19 has placed on students and families. 

We encourage parents and students to save all completed assignments in one place if students are unable to submit their work digitally until further details are provided. More detailed information pertaining to grading can be accessed at

The district is committed to equity and is working to ensure that students have access to technology and other resources necessary for their continued learning and growth. 

HISD is also committed to helping support the non-academic needs of families during this challenging time, thus we encourage all families take advantage of the following resources: 

  • The Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Department hosts a weekly webinar series that provides social-emotional learning tools to HISD parents and students, these webinars take place every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. More information can be found the Houston ISD Website ( 
  • HISD Wraparound Resource Specialists continue to provide their campuses and families with additional resources during this time, please feel free to contact your campus Wraparound Specialist if you need additional support for non-academic student and family needs. 
  • HISD Nutrition Services is providing free groceries through their food distributions at select campuses, please visit the HISD homepage ( for more details. 

We hope that all of our students and families continue to stay safe as we progress through the COVID-19 situation, and we look forward to continuing to support our students and families as the situation evolves in the coming weeks. 


Grenita F. Lathan, Ph.D.
HISD Interim Superintendent



Schools with six-week grading periods were in the middle of the grading cycle when schools closed on March 13, 2020. 

  • Grades for the 5th six weeks should be based on assignments completed before March 13, 2020. 
  • All grades earned during the 6th weeks should be weighted the same.
  • Chancery will average the grades for the 4th and 5th six weeks.
  • At the end of the school year, the 6th six weeks grade will only be averaged with the 4th and 5th six weeks grades if it will improve the student’s overall yearly grade for the course/subject.
    • Example 1

4th 6 weeks

5th 6 weeks Average of the 4th & 5th 6 weeks 6th 6 weeks Final Grade


73 78 71 (will not count)


    • Example 2
4th 6 weeks 5th 6 weeks Average of the 4th & 5th 6 weeks 6th 6 weeks Final Grade
82  73 78 85 (will count) 80

Additional Considerations:

  • The campus will need to determine how many grades will be required for the last grading cycle. 
  • Final exams will be waived. Each six weeks grade will count as one-third of the semester grade and each nine-week grade would count as half of the semester grade. 
  • Progress reports will still need to be provided to parents if the student’s performance in the subject is consistently unsatisfactory.