DEVELOPING: Here are the latest updates for Tomball, Magnolia ISDs as Hurricane Laura approaches Greater Houston area

Magnolia ISD officials made plans to go online only for Aug. 26 and close facilities Aug. 27, while Tomball ISD has closed its facilities through Aug. 28. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Magnolia ISD officials made plans to go online only for Aug. 26 and close facilities Aug. 27, while Tomball ISD has closed its facilities through Aug. 28. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Magnolia ISD officials made plans to go online only for Aug. 26 and close facilities Aug. 27, while Tomball ISD has closed its facilities through Aug. 28. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Editor's note: This post will be updated with the latest weather developments for Magnolia and Tomball independent school districts.

Magnolia ISD to resume normal operations on Aug. 28

Updated: 11:43 a.m. Aug. 27

Students and staff of Magnolia ISD will return to a normal schedule of virtual learning and Small Group Support Days on Friday, Aug. 28 according to an Aug. 27 announcement. All instruction, extracurricular activities and curbside meals remain cancelled for Thursday, Aug. 27.



Magnolia ISD makes plans to go online only Aug. 26; close down completely Aug. 27

Updated: 6:23 p.m. Aug. 25

In preparation for inclement weather due to developing Hurricane Laura, Magnolia ISD will operate online only on Aug. 26 and will be completely closed on Aug. 27, according to an announcement from the district's social media.

Montgomery County remains under a tropical storm watch as of 4:02 p.m. Aug. 25. County officials have asked county residents to prepare for the expected landfall of Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura later this week,, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper.

Almost two weeks into the 2020-21 school year, the Aug. 26 closure will cancel Small Group Support Days for second, fourth and 11th grades in addition to elementary special services self-contained programs, according to an Aug. 25 announcement from the district. Before- and after-school activities scheduled for Aug. 26, including curbside meals, will also be canceled. All virtual and in-person instruction and extracurricular activities scheduled for Aug. 27 will be canceled as a result of the district-wide closure.

The district began instruction for the 2020-21 school year virtually Aug. 12 but has brought small groups of students back on campus for small-group instruction days since Aug. 17, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

In an Aug. 25 board meeting, MISD Superintendent Todd Stephens said the district has also met with county officials and is prepared to offer the Magnolia Event Center, located 11659 FM 1488, Magnolia, for emergency use as a shelter for the storm.

Tomball ISD cancels all extracurricular activities from Aug. 26-28

Updated: 5:10 p.m. Aug. 25

All Tomball ISD campuses and facilities will be closed for the remainder of the week in preparation for inclement weather from developing Hurricane Laura, according to an Aug. 25 press release from district officials. The closures follow the district's previous announcement to cancel all extracurricular activities until Monday, Aug. 31.



Tomball ISD's first day of instruction is still scheduled to begin Sept. 8,after being postponed from Aug. 18.

Harris County officials urged county residents to prepare for rain, high winds and potential power outages due to developing Hurricane Laura in an Aug. 24 press conference, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

Ben Thompson and Shawn Arrajj contributed to this report.
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