Fort Bend ISD announces plans for students of flood-damaged school
As Fort Bend ISD students return to classrooms on Tuesday, Sept. 12, students and staff members from the flood-damaged Juan Seguin Elementary will be housed at two nearby schools.
Kindergarten through second-grade (K-2) students and staff will be housed at James Patterson Elementary, while third through fifth-grade (3-5) students will be housed at David Crockett Middle School. Both campuses have capacity to handle the additional students, and bus transportation will be provided.
“We wanted to make sure the students and staff experience a successful start to the 2017-18 school year, regardless of where they attend class each day,” said Dr. Charles Dupre, FBISD Superintendent of Schools.
“I am thankful for the way our FBISD community has rallied to support this school community, and the way Patterson Elementary and Crockett Middle School are welcoming the Seguin family into their buildings. Although Hurricane Harvey has disrupted the beginning of our school year, we are doing all we can to minimize the impacts on teaching and learning – our educators are eager to get back to doing what they do best each and every day.”
On Thursday, the district also announced that repairs to Goodman Elementary, which experienced flooding in parts of the building, are ahead of schedule and the school will be safe and operable for the return of school. Shortly after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting to declare a weather emergency and expedite the process of securing contractors.
Willowridge High School and Seguin Elementary are now the only schools that remain closed due to repairs. Although Willowridge High School did not receive any storm damage, it was closed earlier this summer due to extensive mold remediation efforts, which are still underway.
SUPPORT FOR OTHER DISPLACED STUDENTS
Due to storm and flood damage, many families have been forced out of their homes and are currently staying in shelters, hotels and with relatives. Under the federal McKinney-Vento Act, these students may be eligible for free meals, transportation and other services, and families are encouraged to contact or visit campuses for assistance.
Additionally, other resources for FBISD staff and families can be found at www.fortbendisd.com/HurricaneHarvey.
On Sept. 1, Fort Bend ISD’s facilities staff completed a preliminary assessment of the condition of each school following Hurricane Harvey. Most of the campuses that required attention needed cleaning and minor repairs in order to be ready for staff to return.
Two schools will not be ready for use by Sept. 12:
- Juan Seguin Elementary experienced extensive flood damage throughout the school that will require extensive renovation.
- Willowridge High is currently closed due to mold remediation and work at the school has continued. There are no significant issues related to the storm and flooding.
- Goodman Elementary experienced flooding in parts of the building. Water extraction, carpet cleaning and sanitizing is nearing completion and the school will be safe and operable for the opening of school.
- Burton Elementary experienced flooding in parts of the building. Water extraction, carpet cleaning and sanitizing is nearing completion and the school will be safe and operable for the opening of school.
- FBISD facilities staff had a very productive week, and report that many previously identified HVAC issues have been repaired. At this time, the district expects all HVAC issues to be resolved before opening school.