CYPRESS — The fallout from the Valentine’s Freeze last week will push into the coming week as Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and nearby school districts clean and repair damage to their school buildings.
Cypress area and Jersey Village
Currently, CFISD has a staff work day on Monday, with the expectation of students returning to classrooms on Tuesday. The superintendent stated that whether students come back on Tuesday is still up in the air.
“Our facilities, maintenance and operations teams have continued to work around the clock to assess, clean and disinfect, and make repairs to district facilities in order to prepare them for students this week,” said Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent. “Their efforts will continue throughout the weekend to ensure buildings are accessible and safe for staff and students. There has been some positive momentum with local boil-water notices, as more municipal utility districts (MUDs) are lifting the notices that impact many CFISD campuses. While some notices are still in place, we plan to know more information by Monday afternoon and will provide an update at that time.
“We look forward to welcoming employees back for the staff work day on Monday, Feb. 22 and students back to school on Tuesday, Feb. 23. It has taken a lot of teamwork and manpower to get CFISD up and running, and I am thankful for an outstanding workforce and community that has made it possible.”
CFISD has an emergency school board meeting scheduled for Tuesday night at 12 noon. The short agenda includes the administration reporting on the “President’s Day ice storm”, and “authorizing or ratifying the superintendent’s procurement and execution of all necessary documents under the emergency exception in Section 44.031 of the Education Code and CH (local) needed to remediate and/or repair damages to District property or infrastructure caused by the President’s Day ice storm.”
According to a CFISD spokesperson on Saturday, “extracurricular activities resumed today and will continue next week as previously scheduled.”
Harmony Public Schools
Also serving the Cypress area is Harmony Public Schools, which have closed their schools (including the K-5 grade Harmony Science Academy – Cypress, and the 6-12 grade Harmony School of Discovery) on both Monday and Tuesday. The charter school stated that “Wednesday, February 24 through Friday, February 26 students will work asynchronously at home. There will be no in-person or live classes. Students submit their exit tickets and/or other assignments by the end of each day.”
Lone Star College
According the Lone Star College website, “Lone Star College will resume normal operations Monday (2.22). This includes online and in-person classes.”
According to a district spokesman, “due to water uncertainties, Hempstead ISD will offer only remote learning to Pre-K through 12th grade students on Monday, February 22 & Tuesday, February 23. Pre-K through 5th grade parents can check out a Chromebook in the Hempstead Elementary back car rider loop 3-5 p.m., Sunday, February 21.”
Royal ISD (Brookshire & Pattison area)
According to the Royal ISD website, “all Royal students will switch to virtual learning on Monday, February 22 as our team continues to assess and repair our campuses. All Royal employees will work from home on Monday, February 22. The team at Royal will make an announcement on Monday regarding Tuesday, February 23.”
According to the Waller ISD website, “There will be no online or on-campus learning on Monday, Feb. 22. At this time, we plan to welcome students back on regular schedules on Tuesday, Feb. 23.”
According the Katy ISD superintendent, “… campuses will remain closed to students this coming Monday. On Monday, teachers and staff will check in with students, provide updates and/or assist students in catching up on 4th six weeks period assignments, for those who are in the position to do so.
Grab and Go meal service for breakfast and lunch, will be available to every Katy ISD student on Monday. Meal sites will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cinco Ranch HS, Katy HS, Mayde Creek HS, Morton Ranch HS and Tompkins HS.”
Monday was scheduled for a student holiday and staff in-service day.
In a community message, the Sealy ISD superintendent stated, “We are still navigating a few setbacks from those issues but we will be ready for students on Tuesday, February 23.”