There are students at Kingwood schools tonight at 8 p.m.

Dr. Elizabth Fagen, superintendent, confirmed that Kingwood Park High School, Kingwood Middle School, Woodland Hills Elementary and Elm Grove Elementary schools all had students in the buildings tonight awaiting parents to pick them up.

The Kingwood and surrounding area experienced a strong rain storm mid afternoon that resulted in flooded streets and stranded vehicles. 

"The Kingwood Park High School feeder schools were overwhelmed by the torrential rains that hit the community this afternoon. 

As of approximately 9 p.m. tonight, there are 35 students at K Park, 33 at Kingwood Middle and 30 also at Elm Grove.

Administrators and staff are present on all campuses and Fagen said all have been fed.

"We sent instructions to all the principals on how to access and prepare food and how to check for food allergies," she said. 

At one point this evening, more than 1.200 were at K Park and several dozen at Woodland Hills but many have been picked up.

Fagen said school will be open tomorrow but any family that feels their students have been too impacted by this afternoon's event can arrive late or miss altogether.

"We kept cafeteria staff and nurses at these schools in anticipation of the rain," she said.

The bus situation proved a huge challenge for Humble ISD as buses, while able to traverse three feet of water, found themselves stuck behind cars who flooded out. 

"We have one bus stuck now on North Park Drive and would love to have a friendly tow, if any are out there," she said. 

The bus situation at Kingwood High School was much smoother, Fagen said, but water on North Park and Woodland Hills proved impassable.

Fagen also said that Kingwood Park is currently exploring the concern over planned testing tomorrrow. 

"We are looking at delaying the AP and EOC (End of Course) testing at K Park tomorrow," she said.

School will be open for all 43,000 of Humble ISD students tomorrow.

Fagen said she is enormously proud of the Humble ISD staff. Many posted messages on Facebook and on Twitter throughout the evening, assuring worried parents that their children were safe and entertained.

"I saw posts from schools like Foster Elementary.. teachers were saying how blessed they are to teach for a district like Humble where everyone is family. They were taking good care of kids while their own kids were being taken care of at other schools."

Concerned families can expect an emailed letter with detailed information on today's events and plans for tomorrow from the district later tonight.  

 

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