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Published on May 23, 2024
Houston ISD Resumes Classes for All But Two Schools Following Storm Restoration EffortsSource: Unsplash/ note thanun

All Houston ISD students are back in their classrooms as of Thursday, with the exception of those from just two schools that remained shuttered due to persisting issues, reported FOX26 Houston. In a prodigious effort to restore normalcy, HISD managed to repair most of the damaged campuses, allowing kids to pick up their educational routines nearly a week after the storm's mayhem.

While HISD communicated with families on Wednesday, outlining their intentions for a full return to classes, the situation on the ground remained fluid with crews working into the evening to ensure more schools could power up, according to ABC13. Amidst this, a mere duo of campuses, Field ES and Benbrook ES, couldn't open; the district has consequently provisioned for Field students at Travis and Love Elementary Schools and for Benbrook students at a designated area in Clifton MS, demonstrating a deft juggling of resources and spaces to guarantee minimal disruption in their education.

The district laid out a transportation plan where students would be picked up and dropped off at their usual campuses, and then shuttled to the partner campuses due to the ongoing repairs, ensuring continuity of their learning with their regular teachers and staff, as conveyed in the message to HISD families. School principals have been actively coordinating with families of the affected campuses, seeking to provide clarity amidst the temporary disarray.

However, this complexity of logistics brought concerns for some parents; Jamie Boehm, in an interview with ABC13, voiced her trepidation about not receiving timely information regarding her child's temporary school location, indicating, "You want to know way more in advance than this late at night where your child's going to be, who's going to be caring with them, are they going to have their classmates with them?" 

In response to these parental concerns and the need for better communication, HISD has since attempted to address the gaps, ensuring that detailed updates reach families with speed and accuracy.