Though displaced from their homes by Hurricane Harvey, 39 students are continuing their education by attending classes in Killeen-area schools, according to Terry Abbott, chief communications officer for the Killeen Independent School District.
The students are attending Killeen High School, Shoemaker High School, Eastern Hills and Liberty Hill Middle schools, and 14 elementary schools across the district, Abbot said Monday. .
In the Temple Independent School District, five evacuees are enrolled as students. The Belton Independent School District reported 17 evacuees enrolled, according to the FME News Service.
Copperas Cove Independent School District enrolled three evacuees as students.
When Harvey struck Houston and the Texas coastline in August, a number of shelters within the KISD boundaries housed those who had been displaced.
Eventually, those shelters were consolidated into one, at Fairway Middle School in Killeen.
In the aftermath of Harvey, 439 evacuees found accommodations in Bell County. Most of those people were able to return to their homes before the shelter closed Sept. 11, but others are being provided temporary housing in the Killeen area.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act covers those who have evacuated due to storms such as Harvey. By being considered homeless, the evacuated students go through a simpler enrollment procedure, are provided transportation by the school district and receive free meals at school.
The Texas Education Agency has posted the “Hurricane Harvey Parent Resources” guide on its website — tea.texas.gov — to help parents impacted by the hurricane.