Bay Area school districts, colleges close ahead of incoming Tropical Storm Nicholas

Several local school districts and colleges have closed as Tropical Storm Nicholas approaches Houston. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Several local school districts and colleges have closed as Tropical Storm Nicholas approaches Houston. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Several local school districts and colleges have closed as Tropical Storm Nicholas approaches Houston. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Several school districts and colleges in the Bay Area have closed as Tropical Storm Nicholas approaches Houston.

Tropical Storm Nicholas is expected to hit the Houston area overnight Monday or early Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.


School district updates:

  • Clear Creek ISD announced the evening of Sept. 12 all campuses would be closed Sept. 13 to allow families and staff to prepare for the storm. The district announced it will remain closed on Sept. 14 as well. All evening activities were canceled for both days as well, including CCISD’s board of trustees workshop, which will be rescheduled.

  • Pearland ISD will be closed on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14 for all students and staff due to Tropical Storm Nicholas. In addition, all after-school activities were also canceled for both days. A decision regarding Sept. 15 will be made by the afternoon on Sept. 14, according to the district's Twitter page.

  • Friendswood ISD is closed Sept. 13, according to the district website. All after-school activities are canceled as well, including FISD’s board meeting, which will be rescheduled.

  • Alvin ISD will be closed on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14 as well. Residents can monitor the district's website and social media for updates. The district has not canceled its scheduled board meeting for Sept. 14.

  • Houston ISD and Pasadena ISD are closed Sept. 13, according to the HISD and PISD websites. Fort Bend ISD will dismiss all schools and facilities by mid-afternoon. All Sept. 14 classes are canceled at HISD and FBISD, and PISD will make a decision by the afternoon regarding Sept. 14 classes.


College updates:


  • The University of Houston-Clear Lake was open the morning of Sept. 13 but will close at noon. Sept. 14 classes will be online and remote. An update on Sept. 15 operations will be made by 3 p.m. Sept. 14.

  • Alvin Community College is closed Sept. 13. Officials instructed students to tune into ACC’s social media and website for updates.

  • All in-person and on-campus classes and operations at College of the Mainland are canceled Sept. 13 and 14, per COM news releases. No students, employees or visitors are allowed in COM buildings without permission from the College of the Mainland Police Department, which will remain on campus. The college will provide another update on Sept. 15 operations by 8 p.m. Sept. 14.

  • San Jacinto College will close at 4 p.m. Sept. 13 and has canceled all Sept. 14 classes, according to an update posted around noon Sept. 13. A decision about Sept. 15 will be made by 7 p.m. Sept. 14. Employees should not report for work on Tuesday, either in-person or remotely, unless contacted by their leaders for specific duties, per the update.

By Andy Yanez

Reporter, Pearland/Friendswood

Andy joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Houston. He started off as the South Houston Metro Reporter where he helped each different edition in the South Houston market before transitioning to the Pearland/Friendswood market in August 2021. Andy covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Andy served as the sports editor of The Cougar, UH's student newspaper, where he covered the university's athletics beat for two years and got to cover the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis.

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.

By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.


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