Tomball ISD likely to announce school closure extension March 31; free meals limited to Wednesdays

Tomball ISD Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said the school closure will likely be extended past April 10, although an updated timeline is not yet known. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Tomball ISD Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said the school closure will likely be extended past April 10, although an updated timeline is not yet known. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Tomball ISD Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said the school closure will likely be extended past April 10, although an updated timeline is not yet known. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Tomball ISD Superintedent Martha Salazar-Zamora said during a March 30 teleconference meeting she hopes to announce March 31 the date to which TISD might further extend its closure of district facilities due to the coronavirus outbreak. The district announced March 16 it would suspend its normal district operations through April 10.

"I hope to have an announcement to make after our Region 4 meeting tomorrow, but it is apparent that the extension is going to be necessary. I just am not prepared to give a date of what that extension will look like," Salazar-Zamora said during a March 30 special teleconference meeting of the board of trustees. "As we get later and later, the likelihood is challenging to bring kids back for two weeks, three weeks, whatever that might look like, but know that I will be looking at various districts and information to make that decision as soon as possible."

Salazar-Zamora said superintendents of schools within Region 4—such as Spring, Klein and Cypress-Fairbanks ISDs—have a conference call tomorrow, after which time she plans to make the announcement.

During the closure, the district has also offered free curbside meals to TISD students on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. However, the meal distribution will switch to Wednesdays only beginning April 1, Salazar-Zamora said March 30. The decision comes as a way to limit exposure for staff handing out meals and streamline the distribution process, as fewer families came the second day of meal distribution last week likely because of the stay-at-home order issued in Harris County, she said.

"The first week Day 1 and Day 2...we had way, way more families than we anticipated so we ran through the Day 1 and Day 2 food on Day 1," Salazar-Zamora said. "The second week, Day 1 was super strong. Day 2 was not quite there. ... We feel like this will also limit the days in which people have to be out in the community, so moving forward unless there are any issues, it will continue on a Wednesday."


Parents can pick up a week's worth of meals at Tomball High School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the district announced on Twitter.

By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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