UPDATED: Cy-Fair ISD has ‘plan in place’ to assess Harvey's damage to schools

The city of Katy is asking that people avoid certain intersections in town and bridges and streets over or near Buffalo Bayou.

The city of Katy is asking that people avoid certain intersections in town and bridges and streets over or near Buffalo Bayou.

Updated Aug. 31 at 6:00 p.m.

According to an update from Superintendent Mark Henry, Moore Elementary School received flood damage significant enough to require a full renovation project this fall and operations will be relocated to the old Matzke Elementary School building at 13102 Jones Road, Houston, for the fall semester.

Henry said in his most recent blog post district officials will make a final decision about school start times by Sept. 1 at 3 p.m.

Updated Aug. 30 at 2:11 p.m. 

Maintenance and operations crews, as well as Cy-Fair ISD Police Department officials, are doing what they can to monitoring the district’s facilities for flood damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. However, CFISD is not ready to make an announcement on which schools have or have not received damage at this point, said Nicole Ray, assistant superintendent of communication and community relations.

“As more water is released from the levees, that can certainly impact other areas that haven’t been damaged at this point,” she said. “We really don’t know, and we don’t want anyone panicking over it because we have a plan in place.”

Ray said as soon as each facility can be accessed safely, crews are standing by to assess any property damage.

In the meantime, residents should not attempt to visit schools.

“Stay off the roadways to keep them clear for first responders because we still have a lot of people being evacuated in areas that have not been flooded yet,” she said. “The safety and security of our community is the most important thing right now.”

The first day of school in CFISD has been tentatively postponed until Sept. 5, but Superintendent Mark Henry said in a statement Wednesday officials do not know when school will officially begin.

He expressed his appreciation for the kindness and charitable spirit Cy-Fair residents have shown in recent days.

“While we do know water has breached some of our buildings, we will not be able to fully assess facility damage until water levels subside,” he said. “We have slated Sept. 5 as our tentative start date, but we must take student and staff safety and a recovery timeline into account. We will keep you updated with new information as we have it so you have plenty of notice for the first day of school.”

District officials are communicating significant updates via social media during this time. Follow @CyFairISD on Twitter or visit www.facebook.com/cyfairisd for the latest. For information on volunteer efforts, visit www.cfisd.net/cfisdhelps.
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.