The Austin Independent School District in Central Texas is altering its enrollment process to help serve students affected by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston.
Traditionally, the school district requires a child’s birth certificate, record of immunizations, proof of address and a parent’s photo identification, according to KUT.
“Austin ISD will continue to welcome all students, including any evacuees who are in Austin for the foreseeable future,” said Cristina Nguyen, a spokesperson for the district. “We are doing all we can to ensure all student needs are met and that there will minimal lapses in their school year.”
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Some evacuees are heading farther north to Dallas, which is also waiving enrollment requirements to welcome displaced students.
Yesterday, Mayor Steve Adler said that the state has asked the city of Austin to house up to 7,000 people.
With the help of this simple form, the school district plans to expedite the transfer process to help the evacuees transition back into school as quickly as possible.
Large school districts are often characterized as being slow and bureaucratic, so it’s impressive how quickly these districts have been able to adapt in a time of crisis.