Friday, March 22 – 5 p.m.
With reports of the Deer Park industrial fire re-igniting this afternoon, all on-campus activities for east area campuses this weekend (Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24) have been cancelled. Weekend sporting events also have been rescheduled at alternate locations.
Thursday, March 21 – 1:30 p.m.
According to Harris County Office of Emergency Management, the shelter-in-place for Deer Park has been lifted.
As an added precaution at campuses closest to Deer Park: All outdoor activities will continue to be held indoors, all after-school activities are cancelled, and after-school sporting events have been rescheduled at alternate locations. Principals from those impacted campuses are contacting parents directly with more information.
In addition, HISD has been conducting random air-quality testing at those east area campuses – and those tests are continuing.
We will continue to provide updates as they become available. You can follow immediate updates via social media at Twitter.com/HoustonISD and Facebook.com/HoustonISD.
Thursday, March 21 – 9:30 a.m.
With HISD schools in session today, the district emphasizes that the Harris County Emergency Management Agency has detected no Benzene outside the established shelter-in-place zone, which is the Deer Park area.
Out of an abundance of caution, HISD will conduct indoor and outdoor air-quality tests today at campuses in the east area of the district that are closest to the shelter-in-place zone. Additionally, the district will have additional nurses deployed to check on staff and students and answer any health-related concerns.
We will provide further updates here and on social media (Twitter.com/HoustonISD and Facebook.com/HoustonISD) as they become available.