Crews with Houston ISD are assessing and repairing damage at dozens of district schools May 17 that were damaged during a severe wind and rain storm late May 16.

The takeaway

The work to assess damage took place overnight May 16 and into the morning May 17, officials said in a May 17 email sent to HISD communities and families. As of around noon May 17, officials said:
  • 136 HISD campuses were still without power, with no estimate of when the power will be restored.
  • "Dozens" of campuses sustained wind and tree damage, with a cleanup process underway.
Officials identified four schools are having sustained "more extensive damage," located in parts of north and northeast Houston:
  • Robinson Elementary School in Northshore
  • Paige Elementary School in the Eastex-Jensen area
  • Sinclair Elementary School in Lazybrook/Timbergrove
  • Pugh Elementary School in Denver Harbor
Plans are being formed for school operations for those students for the week of May 20.

"If necessary, students whose buildings have more extensive damage may attend school at an alternative location while the damage is being repaired," officials wrote in the email. "We will communicate with any impacted school communities directly over the weekend."

Also of note

Two Westside High School students were injured when a school bus was stuck in the storm on the Hardy Toll Road, officials said in the email. Both students are home and recovering.

Officials said they are not aware of any other injuries involving HISD students or staff.

The bottom line

Officials in the email said the goal is to "have every student safely back in the classroom on Monday."

Officials said the power outages are the biggest challenge to reopening schools, and the district is working with CenterPoint, the city of Houston and Harris County to restore power by Monday.

Another email communication is expected to be shared with families later this afternoon.