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HISD celebrates restoration of Harvey-damaged schools on first day of classes

August 27, 2018

The last Houston-area public schools to return to class re-opened Monday, as Houston, Cy-Fair, Goose Creek and several other independent school districts welcomed students back on a sticky morning.

In Houston ISD, magnet students arrived for the first time at the district’s new bus hubs, with staff members on-site to coordinate. Many magnet students must travel farther this year to one of 46 hubs, where they will be picked up and dropped off, but many also will take more direct routes to campus.

Students at 11 schools also arrived to new or dramatically renovated buildings. On the city’s northeast side, Hilliard Elementary School re-opened for the first time since Hurricane Harvey, which flooded the campus with about four feet of water.

“We weren’t sure they would come back here,” Hilliard Elementary School parent Carla Grosvenor said as she watched her son, Kenneth, walk to his third-grade class. “They’ve done a lot of work — and fast. It seemed like it was going to be way longer than just one year to get it all done.”

Several district leaders are set to mark Hilliard’s re-opening at a mid-morning celebration.

In Cy-Fair ISD, the region’s second-largest school district, middle and high school students returned to a new policy requiring them to use clear backpacks this year. The safety measure was implemented following the May shooting at Santa Fe High School in Galveston County.

Most school districts returned to class in the past two weeks, but several districts chose to begin later in August.

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