School damage affects Hardin-Jefferson ISD start-up plan


From Hardin Jefferson ISD:

An update on district building damage: Sour Lake Elementary has damage to the Gym. We will be working diligently to ensure the gym is safe for our students prior to when we start back. China Elementary survived the storm with very minimal damage. Hardin-Jefferson High School did not receive damage from the storm. Henderson Middle School received the the most extensive damage in the district with two feet of water throughout the building.

Waiting to start school back until after making extensive repairs in a middle school facility that large would leave our students out of school for far too long. After much deliberation, the school board and administrative staff have come to the consensus that Henderson Middle School students will be split between Sour Lake Elementary, China Elementary and Hardin-Jefferson High School on a temporary basis until a modular building campus is up and running. We anticipate to use this split student Middle School plan for approximately 5-6 weeks until we can reunite the Middle School in one location.

Additional details will follow in the days/weeks ahead, but here is the structure of the start back plan:

6th grade: Students who reside in Hardin County will go to Sour Lake Elementary 7:55-3:15

Students who reside in Jefferson County will go to China Elementary 7:55-3:25

7th and 8th graders will all go to Hardin-Jefferson High School 7:55-3:10. Once they eat breakfast, they will report to the gym. Parent pick up for HMS will be lined up outside the high school gym on the right hand side. Buses for HJHS and HMS will be serviced from the HJHS bus loop.

Our target student start back date is Tuesday, September 19th. Faculty and staff will return to campus on Monday, September 18th. We are hopeful we can make these restart dates as we would like for our students to get back to some sense of normalcy. If these dates change, you will be notified in advance.

HJISD was approved to serve free breakfast and lunches to all students through September 30th. After that, if a family is displaced and is qualified through the district’s homeless liaison, we can qualify them for free meals for the rest of the year. We will share additional details about this program after we start back.

Concerning athletics for the coming weeks; There will not be any competitions or mandatory practices until we return to school. Students and families should focus on recovery. Schedules will be adjusted and we will try to salvage what we can of the schedule. All homecoming events are cancelled until further notice.

Please stay updated via the HJISD website, Facebook Page, and Twitter Page. We will also share this information with the local media. We look forward to seeing all of you back on campus soon.

Shannon Holmes, Ed.D.


Hardin-Jefferson ISD

PO Box 490

Sour Lake TX 77659

(409) 981-6400

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