Bay Area colleges, universities alter operations ahead of Hurricane Laura

Officials in League City, Seabrook and Nassau Bay have issued voluntary evacuations for residents as Tropical Storm Laura was upgraded to a hurricane Tuesday morning. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Officials in League City, Seabrook and Nassau Bay have issued voluntary evacuations for residents as Tropical Storm Laura was upgraded to a hurricane Tuesday morning. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Officials in League City, Seabrook and Nassau Bay have issued voluntary evacuations for residents as Tropical Storm Laura was upgraded to a hurricane Tuesday morning. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Due to the possible effects of Hurricane Laura, several Bay Area colleges and universities have altered their calendars for the week of Aug. 24.

Alvin Community College will cancel all face-to-face, online, hybrid and remote courses Aug. 26-27, according to district communications personnel. No virtual services will be available, and the ACC Lab School will also be closed.

All University of Houston locations in the Bay Area, including University of Houston-Clear Lake and its Pearland and Texas Medical Center campuses will close beginning at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 26, according to a media release. At this time, all online and in-person classes and activities are canceled. The university expects to reopen for normal operations at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 31. Upcoming enrollment and payment deadlines will be extended by at least three business days, per the release.

College of the Mainland closed at noon Aug. 25 to allow students and employees to prepare for the storm; all online and in-person classes and all campus operations at all COM locations are canceled through Aug. 28, according to a media release. Employees are reminded to safely close down their campus operations according to their department’s protocols prior to departing campus, per the release. COM intends to resume classes Aug. 29.

Similarly, San Jacinto College released classes at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 25 and shut down completely by 2 p.m., according to the school's website. The college will remain closed Aug. 26-27. Leadership will decide by midday Aug. 27 whether SanJac will reopen Aug. 28 and over the weekend.


ACC updates will be shared on the college website and social media. For updates regarding UHCL’s status, visit www.uhcl.edu, college social media or call 281-283-2222. Updates for COM will be posted online at www.com.edu, and updates for SanJac will be posted online at www.sanjac.edu.
By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.

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