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Houston ISD Cancels Class Monday, Other Districts Alter Schedules

Currently, HISD is planning for the first day of school to begin Tuesday.

HISD has postponed the start of the new school year until Tuesday.
HISD has postponed the start of the new school year until Tuesday.

Monday was supposed to be the start of a brand new school year for over 200,00 students in Houston. But Hurricane Harvey has prompted the Houston Independent School District, along with several other districts, to close.

HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza said that they’re watching the forecast closely in case they need to postpone the start of school even longer.

“It’s going to be pretty dangerous out there on Monday and we just don’t want to put any students or staff or parents in peril trying to get to school on Monday. So, we thought it was just the most prudent thing to do from a safety perspective,” he said. “We want everybody to show up on the first day of school — whenever that first day is — healthy. So we don’t want anyone risking themselves. And this is going to be a serious storm, so we want them to take it seriously.”

Currently, HISD is planning for the first day of school to begin Tuesday.

Carranza said that the district is working with emergency management officials. At campuses that often flood, they’re putting sandbags and removing some equipment.

“We’ve moved into high gear actually taking care of those campuses that we know are known to flood,” he added.

Several school districts have decided close because of Harvey’s threat, at least for Friday.

Here is a round-up:

  • Brazosport ISD has canceled class on Friday.
  • Clear Creek ISD will be closed on Friday.
  • Fort Bend ISD has canceled class on Friday and Monday.
  • Katy ISD has normal classes Friday, but after-school activities Friday afternoon and through the weekend have been canceled.
  • Houston Community College will close Friday at 3 p.m. and will remain closed through Monday.
  • University of Houston-Downtown will close at 1 p.m. Friday.
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake will close at 1 p.m. Friday.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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