Less than one-third of the student body came to class today at Kingwood Park High School, Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen confirmed in an interview today, May 8. Kingwood Park had significant impact from the storm that occurred yesterday, May 7, with some students stranded on campus past 10 p.m.
Students stay home day after storm swamps Kingwood
- Written by Cynthia Calvert
Weather reports state that the Kingwood area received 10-plus inches of rain in six hours yesterday, causing massive and widespread street flooding. Motorists abandoned their vehicles throughout the community. Street lights were inoperable and parents were hours late picking up their children.
The entire district attendance, however, was impacted by the effects of yesterday's storm. Fagen said on a regular school day, those campuses are at 95% or higher. "Our district average is normally 95% but today we are at 83%," she said.
Fagen also said that the high school STAAR and AP testing are rescheduled for Thursday, May 9, and Friday, May 10.
Fagen made the decision to hold school today, but announced that it was understandable that some students and staff would remain at home, especially those who were stranded on campuses yesterday waiting for the flood waters to subside.
"Our goal today was to open our doors, particularly in Kingwood, and to offer excused absences to those who decided to stay at home. We achieved that goal," she said.
"We felt it better that everyone had the chance to get home safely," she said.
"No one wants to repeat yesterday. The computer models used by the meteorologists are not in agreement. The air mass over Houston is unstable and little storms can easily appear.