On the rare occasion that Houston temperatures drop to freezing, it’s not just people who may struggle to get going in the morning. HISD schools and buses need extra time to warm up, too.
But for every cozy classroom or bus ride, there is a team that has braved the weather in the dark and early morning hours to make learning environments comfy and safe for students’ arrival.
They are the cold-start crews – the ones who are called in when temperatures drop to 32 degrees and below.
From the moment a severe storm is predicted to make landfall
along the Texas Gulf Coast, Facilities,
Maintenance, and Operations staff are among the first to spring into action.
Crews place sandbags around flood-prone campuses. Generators are checked and
filled with fuel. Pump systems are inspected to make sure they are operational.
“As long as we don’t have a power outage
in the area, the pumps should carry all the water that could cause more damage
down the road,” said North Maintenance Plumbing Team Lead Kenneth Wesley,
who oversees the dispatch of plumbers to campuses when faced with a severe weather
Due to heavy downpours and thunderstorms across Houston, HISD took precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all students and has cancelled all after-school athletic activities. HISD has been monitoring the weather and providing updates throughout the day. A full list of weather-related cancellations is available below: Continue reading
UPDATE 9:35 a.m.:
After-school athletics activities (including baseball, softball, soccer, and track and field) scheduled for today at all HISD schools are canceled because of heavy rains.
UPDATE 9:08 a.m.:
Houston ISD officials are closely monitoring the storm system that has brought heavy rains into the region today. So far, no HISD schools have reported any significant weather-related problems. District officials will be keeping a close eye on weather conditions as we approach dismissal time to determine whether any action is necessary to protect the safety of our students and employees. HISD will be posting any weather-related updates here, so be sure to check back often for updates.
UPDATE 9:04 a.m.:
The National Weather Service has just issued a Tornado Warning for Harris County until 8:15 AM. At 7:41 AM NWS Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This storm was located near Bunker Hill and moving NE at 30 mph.
UPDATE: 8:05 a.m.:
NWS has issued a Flood Advisory for Harris County until 10:45 AM. NWS Doppler radar indicated very heavy rain was falling over SW Harris County to Jersey Village to the Woodlands. An inch of rain has fallen in last 30 minutes and another 1 to 2 inches will fall in next 90 minutes.
Per Transtar there are no current road closures due to high water of the major thoroughfares.