Clear Creek ISD high schoolers get statewide recognition for role in COVID-19 safety plans

From left: Esther Jin, Surya Chinnappa, Sophie Snapp, Sarayu Parthasarathy, Adam Colman and Zahra Virani worked with Clear Creek ISD officials to form the district's safety plans for the 2020-21 school year amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy of Clear Creek ISD)
From left: Esther Jin, Surya Chinnappa, Sophie Snapp, Sarayu Parthasarathy, Adam Colman and Zahra Virani worked with Clear Creek ISD officials to form the district's safety plans for the 2020-21 school year amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy of Clear Creek ISD)

From left: Esther Jin, Surya Chinnappa, Sophie Snapp, Sarayu Parthasarathy, Adam Colman and Zahra Virani worked with Clear Creek ISD officials to form the district's safety plans for the 2020-21 school year amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy of Clear Creek ISD)

A group of Clear Creek ISD high school students have earned statewide recognition from the Texas School Safety Center’s School Safety Spotlight Program for their work on the district’s Safely Reopen Plan guidelines, according to a March 10 media release.

The CCISD Students for Safety, who all attend Clear Brook, Clear Lake or Clear Springs High School, met with district and campus leadership to create plans that were designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19, per the release. The group first began their work with research over the summer as district leaders met virtually to discuss the logistics of the 2020-21 school year.

While school officials visited campuses and mapped out a way to open schools, the Students for Safety examined reopening guidelines and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Harvard School of Public Health, and they also brainstormed their own ideas for safety throughout each building. The group is responsible for the creation of seating arrangement plans in classrooms and lunch periods as well as the creation of one-way hallway plans, per the release.

The students continue to work with district leadership and, in September, some of them assembled and donated face shields to CCISD.

The School Safety Spotlight program aims to promote schools, districts and individuals that foster education and learning through safe, secure campuses, per the release. Nominations are reviewed based on criteria including creativity and originality, engagement, impact and evidence-based practices.



Clear Lake High School Assistant Principal Aaron Troyer, who nominated the students, spoke of the students’ commitment to safety in the release.

“It is heartwarming to see students care about the safety of others and responding through our campus core values,” he said in the release. “Their dedication to providing the safest environment possible was seen throughout the entire process.”

By Colleen Ferguson

Reporter, Bay Area

A native central New Yorker, Colleen worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact Newspaper before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. She covers public education, higher education, business and development news in southeast Houston. Colleen graduated in 2019 from Syracuse University and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she worked for the university's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange. Her degrees are in journalism and Spanish language and culture. When not chasing a story, Colleen can be found petting cats and dogs, listening to podcasts, swimming or watching true crime documentaries.