School start dates announced

Published 5:16 pm Friday, September 8, 2017

From staff reports

School districts across the county have diligently worked towards a new start date for classes as campuses are evaluated for damages from TS Harvey.

Bridge City ISD announced classes will resume for students on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Classes will begin at the normally scheduled time. Staff will return on Monday, Sept. 11 at 8 a.m. in the Bridge City Elementary Cafeteria.

“Part of the healing/recovery process is to get back to a sense of normalcy,” Superintendent Todd Lintzen said in a press release. “In order to do this we must return to work so that our children can return to school.”

Bridge City ISD Food Service Department applied for and was granted a waiver from  USDA and Texas Department of Agriculture to allow all students to receive free meals.  The meals include one free breakfast and one free lunch daily for each student. The last day for this benefit is Friday, September 29.

Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD, one of the hardest hit during the flooding, is currently developing temporary schedules, alternative school locations and modified school hours. Students will report to classes on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Staff will return on Monday, Sept. 18.

The LCM District is requesting a waiver from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), to be exempt from making up as many days as possible that have been missed because of Hurricane Harvey.

West Orange – Cove CISD students will return Tuesday, Sept. 19. Standardized dress will not be required at North Early Learning Center, WOS Elementary and WOS Middle School; however, campus administration will reserve the right to address any dress attire that may be deemed inappropriate. Students at West Orange – Stark High School will observe their normal campus dress code.

West Orange – Cove CISD timeline may be adjusted as it continues to assess the school district’s recovery needs.

Vidor ISD will resume school September 19.

Orangefield ISD is actively working to restore buildings that were damaged during the recent storm. The district has a substantial flood insurance policy that will expedite the remediation process. Insurance adjustors and contractors are secured and working to this end. A start date has not been scheduled at this time.

St. Mary Catholic School students will return Tuesday, September 12.  This will also be a Mass day.  After Care will also begin on Tuesday.   Staff will have a workday on Monday, September 11.

Students may wear appropriate clothing (shirts, pants, shorts (knee length), and dresses and skirts (knee length), if uniforms have been lost or damaged. Although we have limited sizes available, the school will donate uniforms to parents if needed.  Parents are welcome to come on Saturday, September 9 (9:00 am-12:00 noon) and Monday, September 11( 8:30 am-3:30 pm) to pick up uniforms.  Please let the school know if we do not have the sizes you need, we may be able to get uniforms from another source. We can also donate school supplies.   Additionally, let us know if your family has other specific needs, we are willing to help in every way possible.  Lunch will also be provided free for all students and staff this week, according to a press release from Principal Dr. Cynthia Marie Jackson.


Lamar State College-Orange campus offices will reopen on Wednesday, September 13 and fall semester classes will start on Monday, September 18, according to a press release.
In order for the fall semester to finish on schedule in December, five minutes will be added to each class and online hybrid classes will be used to supplement coursework.
Because of water damage to the Wilson Building, offices and classes there will be relocated during the remediation process.