Thursday, August 24, 2017

Weather-related Update from SBISD

- Posted Fri., Sept. 1, 2017

Dear SBISD Families and Staff,
Last night, we made a school reopening decision based on the information that was available to us at the time and believing that opening our schools as soon as possible was in our students’ and families’ best interests.

Based on information and feedback we received overnight and this morning from families and staff who remain displaced and unsure of their next steps, and continually changing conditions, we have determined that it is best for all SBISD schools and facilities to remain closed all next week. 

We sincerely apologize for any added anxiety, concern and stress we have caused over the last many hours. Our highest priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our families and staff, and this time our decision yielded unintended consequences to the contrary.

We will continue to provide updates and resources on our website, social media, call outs and the local news media.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to work through uncharted territory for our district and community. 

- Posted Thurs., Aug. 31, 2017

Dear SBISD Community, 
Over the last few days, we have witnessed both the horrific and the heroic as our community continues to be severely impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the hundreds of members of the SBISD Family who have suffered trauma and losses– of their homes, their possessions, their financial stability, and so much more. Sadly, we have lost one of our own. Andrew Pasek, 26, a graduate of Westchester Academy for International Studies, passed away on Tuesday as he was helping check on a family member’s home and was electrocuted by a live wire in knee-deep water. Our deepest sympathies and our prayers go out to his entire family, and his mother, Jodell, an SBISD substitute teacher. 
Our counselors, social workers, care coaches and partners at Communities in Schools and Community Youth Services and our school leaders are working to ensure plans are in place to support children, families and staff when we reopen our schools. Our community members, neighbors, partners, mentors, faith communities and social services agencies continue to respond in the only way our community knows how to respond – with the kindness, generosity and the open arms that make Spring Branch ISD the very special place it is. 
We have sent a survey to our employees to assess their well-being and their needs. We know the vast majority of those who have responded so far are safe and well. At the same time, some have been rescued from rising waters and have lost everything, and some may not have power in their homes or the means to let us know how they are. We will continue to check on our employees and respond to help them however we can, and we appreciate the many offers of help that have already come forth.
Our facilities teams have been working around the clock to assess the readiness of our schools to reopen. Thanks to advanced preparation and the pathways of the floodwaters to this point, our school buildings are in good condition and are safe to receive our children and staff. 
We would like to announce our schools will reopen for children on Wednesday, September 6.  Staff will return on Tuesday, September 5. Reopening as soon as possible has been a priority for us so that we can meet the needs of our students and families and help our students return to a sense of normalcy. 
At this time, the financial challenges facing our families are great and growing. As the waters have risen, so have the needs. Please help us share as widely as possible the PledgeCents fundraising campaign launched by the Spring Branch Education Foundation to help families and staff displaced by Harvey. SBEF has raised our campaign goal to $250,000.
Many of you have asked how you can help, and for that we are exceedingly grateful. For now, please work through City of Houston and Harris County volunteer opportunities as well as your local faith communities, volunteer organizations, neighborhood civic associations and area non-profits to lend a hand. We certainly will need your volunteering spirit to help us next week once schools reopen. If you have not already done so, please re-register, or do so as a first-time volunteer here.
Your children are our children – their safety and well-being is our top priority as we face together this very challenging and unprecedented situation to befall our community and our region. Our community’s Collaborative Spirit and Collective Greatness, no doubt, ensure we will come together as neighbors and friends, help each other and keep our children and families at the forefront of our efforts to restore our community as swiftly as we can. 
On behalf of all of us in SBISD and our Board of Trustees, and as proud and committed community members ourselves, we humbly thank you for your continued support. We look forward to welcoming our employees and your families and children back to school next week. 
Scott Muri, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools 
Karen Peck, President, SBISD Board of Trustees

- Posted Sunday, Aug. 27, Noon

Weather Update: (Aug. 27 2017, 12:00 PM) All SBISD schools and office will be closed for the entire following week (Monday, Aug. 28 to Friday, Sept. 1).

Noticias del tiempo: (27 de Aug., 2017, 12:00 PM) Todas las escuelas y oficinas de SBISD permanecerán cerradas durante toda la semana siguiente . Las escuelas estarán cerradas del lunes 28 de agosto al viernes 1 de septiembre.

- Posted Sunday, Aug. 27, 8:00 AM

All SBISD schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 28 & 29), due to weather-related conditions. 

We will continue to keep you posted via our various communications channels- please monitor our website at, social media @SBISD, and local media.

- Posted Thursday, Aug. 24, 8:30 PM 

All SBISD schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, August 25, due to weather-related conditions anticipated related to Hurricane Harvey. This decision is based on the latest information we have received from City of Houston and Harris County officials in the past hour.

We will continue to keep you posted via our various communications channels- please monitor our website at, social media @SBISD, and local media.

Again, all SBISD schools will be closed tomorrow Friday, August 25. 

ONLY the following staff should report to work tomorrow at their regularly scheduled time: campus and district administrators Operations staff members including Maintenance, Custodial and Athletic Grounds Crews

- Posted Thursday, Aug. 24, 3:37 PM

Based on current information available, please note the following important information:
  • All middle school after-school athletic activities (football and volleyball) are cancelled today, Thursday, Aug. 24, and practices are cancelled for the remainder of the week. This will enable our facilities staff to begin sealing and weather-proofing our gyms.
  • All after school programming at elementary, middle and high schools are cancelled tomorrow, Friday, Aug 25, and all buildings will close soon after the end of the school day.
  • Students and staff will be asked to leave campus immediately at the end of the day to enable our facilities staff to protectively seal our buildings.
  • The SAT test will NOT be administered at Memorial High School or Spring Woods High School this Saturday. We are working with The College Board and will provide makeup information as soon as it becomes available.
We will communicate via: 
District leaders are continuing to monitor the developments related to Hurricane Harvey, and Dr. Muri participates on scheduled calls with City of Houston, Harris County, Office of Emergency Management, and area school district officials to stay abreast of the latest information.
Given the rapidly changing nature of this storm, please know that if any of our current plans change, we will keep you informed as soon as possible.

Please be sure your contact information is up to date in Family Access so you receive our communications at all appropriate phone numbers and email addresses.

As always, the safety and security of our students and staff are our top priority.

- Posted Wednesday, Aug. 23, 3:42 PM

SBISD is currently monitoring weather conditions for tropical depression Harvey and will continue to provide updates on the website and on social media. We will have a regular school day on Thursday, August. 24. (Updated: Wed., June 23, 2017, 03:42 PM)

El districto SBISD está monitoreando el tiempo por la tomenta tropical Harvey y continuará dar notificaciones en nuestro sitio y en media sociales. (Mier., el 23 de junio de 2017, 03:42 PM)


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