Hurricane Harvey Resources

Hurricane Harvey Resources

The Texas K-12 CTO Council has created this page as a resource to members and others in search of aid in response to Hurricane Harvey. We have sourced much of the information here based on other communications from organizations like TASA and TEA. If you have additional resources you'd like to add, please email hansen.seth@gmail.com.

General Aid Information

Texas K-12 CTO Council Districts - How Can You Help?

Aldine ISD

Many in the Aldine ISD community have asked how they can help the families of Aldine ISD affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Aldine Education Foundation is accepting monetary donations to help families recover. Just click the DONATE NOW link.

Your gift can be designated for a specific campus to aid students there, designated for Aldine ISD staff recovery efforts, or gifts without designations will help both students and staff.

Books, uniforms, and school supplies donations can be delivered to your nearest school.

Gift cards for groceries, gas, home improvement, or general retail store can be delivered during regular business hours to Aldine Education Foundation at 2520 W.W. Thorne, Houston, 77073. Please do not mail.

For more information about the Aldine Education Foundation and how it helps AISD students all year, click here.

Houston ISD

The district is accepting donations of new and unused clothing, shoes, underwear, socks, uniforms and school supplies, as well as canned food and water.

Donations can be shipped to:

HISD Harvey Donations
Delmar Fieldhouse
2020 Mangum Road
Houston, TX 77092

The HISD Foundation is also accepting donations to help families recover, and 100% of funds raised will go directly to helping HISD students and families. Click here to make a donation, and please specify "Harvey" as the purpose of your donation. 

Klein ISD

These funds will be used for Lemm and other schools to help us get back to meeting our vision of every student in Klein ISD entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose. Again, thank you for your generosity and kindness in our time of need.

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Spring ISD

The Spring ISD Education Foundation has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and is accepting monetary donations that will be used to support Spring families and employees as they work to recover from the aftermath of the storm.

Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund by going to the Spring ISD Education Foundation website at give2springkids.org/ and clicking on the button Hurricane Harvey Donation.

YES Prep Public Schools

We know that in this time of unimaginable tragedy that many of you are thinking about how you can help meet the immediate needs of students, alumni and families affected. Our families will be facing long roads to recovery and the basic needs of families will endure long after the waters recede. 

To coordinate our efforts and maximize the potential for raising funds, we have established a YES Prep Family Flood Relief Fund. This fund will focus on meeting the essential, immediate needs of families of students and alumni, including food; clothing; water; temporary shelter; household cleaning supplies; personal care items; baby supplies; etc. 100% of donations will go directly to families in need.


ESC Regions and Districts Affected by Hurricane Harvey

There are 272 districts in nine regional education service center areas, serving nearly 2 million Texas students, that are included in the designated disaster areas. See a list of districts.

Resources for Affected Districts

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Harvey Updates Webpage – The TDA has posted a webpage with information and links useful to affected schools. It includes information on the use and tracking of USDA foods in schools used as shelters, a list of state and regional ESC closures, list of shelter schools and Red Cross activated shelters, links, and tips. Please note: As school districts open as shelters to assist people affected by Harvey, they should immediately notify John Kyere at TDA via email at John.Kyere@TexasAgriculture.gov or at 512-475-0077 to advise of shelters and shelter locations that will be opened. Visit the resource page.

TEA Hurricane Harvey Resources Webpage — TEA has created a webpage with links to information schools and districts may need related to Hurricane Harvey, including budget FAQs related to displaced students and budget adoption information for 2017-18. Visit the resource page.

Hurricane-Related Missed School Day Waivers — School districts and charters that have been forced to close or to delay the start of the school year may apply (using the TEAL waiver application) for Missed School Day Waivers that will allow them to not make up the days on the school calendar. Get the details. 

TEA Deadline Extensions — To assist school districts experiencing the effects of Hurricane Harvey, a number of deadlines have been extended.

  • The public comment period for the draft state Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan has been extended until 5 p.m. September 1.
  • Many grant applications are now due September 11. See a full list.
  • The window to update participation counts for the December 2017 STAAR EOC administration has been extended through 11 p.m. September 21. Learn more.
  • The Tax Information Survey and the Staff Salary data collections are now due by midnight on September 30. Details on each data collection will be released to applicable school districts through a targeted listserv, email, or system message. Learn more. 
  • Funding for the High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant will be extended until December 31 (the last day to obligate any HQPG funds to any activity or supply).

TASB Risk Management Fund has advised districts that need to file claims to do so at tasbrmf.org/claims. Call 800-482-7276 ext. 6800 for immediate help. Keep your receipts for any temporary property repairs or mechanical repairs/detailing for vehicles.

All those who need recovery assistance from FEMA are being asked to register at disasterassistance.gov.

State and local hotel taxes have been waived for evacuees and relief workers for August 23- September 6. Get the details.

Talk to a professional about emotional distress by calling the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

Also see a list of resources being maintained by The Texas Tribune.

How to Help

Many schools, districts, and groups have been collecting donations for those affected. These are the efforts that we know to be ongoing:

AASA is collecting funds to distribue to districts most in-need for repairs, supplies, and to aid families impacted by the storm. Those wishing to contribute (tax-deductible) funds can send their donations to: AASA c/o Harvey Relief Effort, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, Va., 22314. Make checks payable to AASA. AASA is coordinating its national fundraising effort with TASA. Learn more.

A “Principals Helping Principals” Google spreadsheet has been circulating via social media that allows campuses around the country to pair up with storm-affected campuses to provide needed aid. Find that here.

Communities in Schools Houston has established a disaster relief fund to directly help students and families. All donations will go directly to the students and families in needs at our our 128 schools in five independent school districts including Aldine, Alief, Fort Bend, Houston, and Spring Branch, two charter schools, and four Community College campuses.  Learn more.

DonorsChoose.org, started by a history teacher to make it easy for people to help classrooms in need, now has a Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. Find it here.

Texas AFT is collecting cash donations to provide direct relief to its affected members, who may also apply for assistance via this link. The organization’s Share My Lesson website provides access to lesson plans related to the devastation and loss of life from events such as hurricanes. Visit that site.

Texas PTA is raising funds to help districts provide supplies for students and teachers. Through September 30, Lone Star Statewide PTA has dedicated 100 percent of local proceeds to assist with the relief effort. When joining, select "Statewide PTAs" as the school district. Also, 100 percent of all donations made here will be used to provide direct assistance to students and classrooms impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Learn more.

The Texas Rural Education Association is collecting cash donations to benefit children affected by Hurricane Harvey via YouCaring. TREA has a fundraising goal of $50,000. Learn more.

This list of school districts and education-related organizations aiding in the effort will be posted on the TASA website and will continue to grow as needed. (Please send additions to this list to Amy Francisco at afrancisco@tasanet.org.) We are also monitoring Twitter and attempting to retweet any requests by districts for assistance as well as opportunities to help affected Texas schools. If you want to ensure we see your tweet, please tag @tasanet.

 

Technology Resources

Kajeet 

Kajeet has created a number of resources to assist K-12 districts affected by Hurricane Harvey. Click here to find out more information.

Amazon Web Services

If you are or know a school IT department that is in need of any support please e-mail K12HarveyRelief@amazon.com with your school or district’s name, a primary contact name and contact information (mobile and e-mail). Find out more full information about how AWS is willing to help school districts here.

myON

A digital reading platform offering unlimited access to thousands of books and daily news articles written just for kids, in English and Spanish, is providing free access to 10,000 digital books to families, shelter workers, community volunteers, and others who are helping children through this challenging period. Learn more.