UPDATE: Houston ISD has decided “out of an abundance of caution” to cancel both campus and distance classes on Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 15-16).
Here is the district’s statement:
Due to freezing temperatures in the coming days, combined with the possibility of widespread precipitation and potentially hazardous road conditions, the Houston Independent School District will close schools and offices on Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16. Due to the threat of inclement weather and out of an abundance of caution, there will be no virtual or in-person learning. Employees will not report to work. Students can use both days to reinforce learning using the digital resources found on the HUB or HISD @ H.O.M.E. Students also can submit current or late assignments on the HUB. All athletic events and food distributions for Monday and Tuesday also are cancelled. Any districtwide events for Saturday, February 13, will proceed as weather permits.
(Friday, Feb. 12, 2:21 p.m.) Harsh winter weather — not COVID-19 — will be shutting down Houston ISD campuses Monday and Tuesday, district officials decided Friday afternoon (Feb. 12).
Students will be expected to take part in “asynchronous” learning. That means they will sign onto the computer location favored by their school, where they will find their assignments and learning aids. Teachers will be available online both days for assistance, although they will not be conducting virtual classes.
Athletic evens and extracurricular activities are being canceled.
At West University ES, this is necessitating schedule changes. Planned materials distribution has been moved to 8 a.m.-noon Friday, Feb. 19, and Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated the week of Feb. 22.
Incoming kindergarten students who were to undergo gifted-and-talented testing Monday or Tuesday will be rescheduled.