HISD Cancels All Student Activities For Tuesday As Tropical Storm Approaches

August 4, 2008

The Houston Independent School District has cancelled all student activities scheduled for tomorrow, Aug. 5, in preparation for Tropical Storm Edouard.
The cancellation includes all athletic practices, band practices, 26 scheduled field trips, registration for fall classes and any other student activities at the Houston school district planned for Tuesday. Regular classes do not start for another three weeks, so there are no regular classes to cancel.
All student transportation for Tuesday at Texas’ largest school district also is cancelled, including a small number of bus routes for special needs students who are in residential programs.
School facilities staff worked Monday afternoon to move computers, books and other equipment to higher ground in school buildings that are prone to flooding. School custodians were directed to report to work at 4 a.m. Tuesday to closely monitor conditions at schools and immediately report any flooding or other storm-related problems. Electricians, air conditioning specialists and plumbers will be deployed in teams throughout the city early Tuesday morning to perform emergency repairs if needed.
HISD transportation officials moved school buses and other vehicles at the Barnett and Central motor pool operations to higher ground. Gas tanks in school buses and other district vehicles were topped off with gas Monday in preparation for an emergency. The school district also moved to top off emergency power generators with fuel.
The school district also cancelled a “Summer Leadership Institute” conference with 3,000 school administrators and new teachers that had been planned for Tuesday at Reliant Center.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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