Hurricane Harvey

The weather associated with Hurricane Harvey has severely impacted the Galveston County Community. Updates and news will be posted here so you can see all information in one location.

If you would like to help TCISD staff affected by Hurricane Harvey, click on TCISD Strong and make a donation through the TCISD Foundation for the Future.

Be sure to note in the "special instructions" that you are donating to the TCISD Strong Hurricane Harvey relief fund.

Donated funds will be used to purchase gift cards for staff so they can get the items and supplies they need.

News Updates

Athletics

La Marque Cougars

Sept. 7

LM 9th & JV at Ball High's Spoor Field, 5 and 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 8

LM 9th & Varsity Volleyball at LM vs Royal High, 5 and 6 p.m.

LM Varsity Football vs. Ball High at LM, 7 p.m.

Texas City Stings

TC Varsity Football vs. Clear Lake at TC, 7 p.m.

Canned food items will be accepted instead of tickets.

Closure

Aug 31 2017

All TCISD campuses had some sort of damage due to the weather from Hurricane Harvey. Much of the work can be done internally by our Maintenance Department. However, we will need to use contractors to do the larger, more extensive work at three of our schools. Therefore, students will return Sept. 11. This includes COM dual credit and Collegiate students.

Because of the damage, we have 1,671 students, 210 staff members and 84 core classrooms that we need to plan to accommodate. Beginning any earlier than Sept. 11 was just not feasible.

TEA is providing waivers for days missed last Friday and this week. We will need to request permission for additional waivers for the four days next week.

Return Dates

·All Central Office Staff and All Campus Administrators should report for duty on Sept. 5.

·Maintenance & Operations, Transportation and Nutrition Services employees will report as directed by their supervisor.

·All other Campus Staff should report to work on Sept. 7.

·All students will return on Sept. 11.

Free Meals

TCISD will be feeding the community breakfast and lunch Sept. 5-8 at LMHS & TCHS cafeterias and Carver Park. Breakfast will be served from 8-10 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Service is open to all community residents in need during this crisis.

Homeless Resources

Here are some resources for you in dealing with displacement because of Hurricane Harvey.

Homeless Houston website

Texas Homeless Education resources website

Texas Homeless Education crisis/trauma website



Make Up Days

The Commissioner of Education has authorized waiver days for time out of school because of Hurricane Harvey. TCISD will be applying for the waivers. We do not anticipate the school calendar changing because of lost days due to Hurricane Harvey. Read more HERE.

Missed Days Pay

The Board passed a resolution to pay staff for days that we missed work due to the storm and the closure of the district.

Payroll for Sept. 1

Aug 28 2017

Hurricane Harvey presented us with logistical challenges. We are processing the payroll at this time with a goal of issuing a base payroll for employees that started to work prior to August 20, 2017. All payments will be made through direct deposit. We are issuing only a base payroll because we want to be sure that we can get the payroll completed and to the bank in case we encounter any additional weather that could impede our ability to finish the payroll process. Therefore, any overtime or extra duty pay that occurred between July 31, 2017 and August 20, 2107 will be paid with the September 15, 2017 payroll.

Stipends are a part of the base payroll and will be included in the 9/1 payroll.

Overtime and extra pay that will not be included on the 9/1/17 payroll includes:

·Time worked more than 40 hours

·Extra duties at an athletic event (i.e. ticket sales)

·Tutorials

·21st Century

Here is why overtime and extra pay could not be added to this check for a variety of reasons. The first payroll is the most difficult payroll of the year (regardless of weather conditions) because new staff must be entered and the contract information for ALL staff has to be verified. Our District has more than 1,200 employees with 2,127 pay records (including stipends) that must be verified before we can import the deduction file from open enrollment. Even under normal circumstances, the work that goes into the first payroll is substantial. Since we are uncertain about future weather and not all time sheets for the pay period had been received by Payroll, our focus is on getting the base payroll complete so that everyone gets paid something. Due to flooding, not everyone in the Payroll Department was able to come in to work on the Payroll today and there was a legitimate concern that we could find ourselves in a situation where we cannot complete the payroll due to logistics if we continue to experience flooding and bad weather.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this decision may cause those of you that anticipated receiving overtime or extra pay on the 9/1 payroll. I hope that this advanced notice will provide assistance in your planning.

Registration

Texas City ISD registration staff will be available Sept. 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Simpson Administration Building, located at 1700 9th Ave. N in Texas City.If anyone has been displaced by Hurricane Harvey and needs information regarding registering in TCISD, stop by during this time frame to get questions answered.All students needing to register in TCISD may do so on Friday at the Administration Building so that students may start school on Monday.

All registrations of students on Sept. 11 will also take place at the Simpson Administration Building from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.Beginning Sept. 12, registration will take place at each campus.Special Residency staff will be available in the Administration Building to assist families without TCISD proof of residency.

Registration requirements differ depending on situations.

Returning students who were enrolled in TCISD at the end of 2016-17 school year and have not been displaced due to hurricane should have: parent’s photo ID, 2 proofs of residency of parent/guardian dated within 30 days; and immunization records for 7th grade students.

New students who were not enrolled in TCISD at the end of 2016-17 school year but have not been displaced due to hurricane should have: parent’s photo ID, 2 proofs of residency of parent/guardian dated within 30 days; immunization record; birth certificate; and report card or transcript from prior school.

Any student displaced by hurricane/flooding could provide as many of the documents listed above that are available, but none are required for enrollment. We will also have a parent meet with the district social worker to coordinate resources needed.

Relief Efforts

Food Drives

Canned Food Drives are taking place before the home football games this week. Donating food items will be your ticket into the game. TC will take on Clear Lake on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in Texas City. LM will take on Ball High on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in La Marque.

Food Items are: canned vegetables, canned meat (tuna, chicken), peanut butter, canned fruit, canned soups.

Hygiene Products

TCHS is collecting NEW hygiene products Sept. 6-8 in the cafeteria from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any club can participate. We will need your help. TCHS will not take used or open products. Sealed hotel samples are also being accepted.

Examples of packaged and new items: brushes, combs, toothpaste, pads/tampons, wipes, mouthwash, shampoo and conditioner, soap, razors, shaving cream, lotion, toothbrushes

School Supplies

Both Roosevelt-Wilson and Guajardo elementary schools are having backpack drives for school supplies.

You can drop off these items at Roosevelt-Wilson: crayons, glue, pencils, scissors construction paper, hand sanitizer, tissues and school boxes. Contact cgoswick@tcisd.org.

Please email cwhitley@tcisd.org for pick up or drop off at Guajardo: backpacks, pencils, glue, notebooks, hand sanitizer, construction paper, binders and notebook paper.

Relief Fund for TCISD Employees

Money raised will be used to purchase gift cards and given to staff who have house and auto damage due to Hurricane Harvey. Click HERE to donate.


Return Dates

·All Central Office Staff and All Campus Administrators should report for duty on Sept. 5.

·Maintenance & Operations, Transportation and Nutrition Services employees will report as directed by your supervisor.

·All other Campus Staff should report to work on Sept. 7.

·If anyone cannot report on their designated day, please inform your supervisor and if possible report it in Skyward with the note of Hurricane Harvey if it is an absence related to the storm.

·All students will return on Sept. 11.

·Any teachers that will not be able to report to work by Sept. 11 need to contact their supervisors immediately so that substitutes can be secured.

School Damages

As of August 30, 2017

The Texas City Independent School District suffered damage at every school location from weather associated with Hurricane Harvey. The La Marque campuses suffered the most damage with flooding roof leaks at each of the four schools. Some power in some areas at the La Marque schools is still not back. Texas City campuses all had at least one roof leak and some water at Blocker Middle School. The TCISD Maintenance Department has already been working on fixing some of those issues.

The worst of the damage took place at La Marque Primary School, La Marque Elementary School, La Marque Middle School and La Marque High School. The primary building was completely flooded with 3 inches of water. The elementary school had water in hallways and cafeteria and the campus has no power. The middle school had 1 to 2 inches of water in some areas. Hallways, the kitchen, library and classrooms adjacent to the courtyard all had water. The middle school has partial power right now. The high school had roof leaks in some areas but because of roof leaks in the Commons, that area was covered with water.

Crews will be working hard this week to make repairs. In addition, contractors will have to complete the more extensive damage. Class is set to resume on September 11. Damage will continue to be assessed as more rain is expected.

“Right now, the most important thing is the safety of our students and staff and all of their families,” said Superintendent Dr. Rodney Cavness. “We know that many in our TCISD family have been impacted by the flooding. Our thoughts and prayers are with each one. Please stay safe and do not put yourself in any danger.”


School Relocations

Due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, three La Marque schools are being temporarily relocated while damage is being repaired. The repairs at the La Marque primary, elementary and middle schools are not quick and easy restorations. Therefore, in order for school to resume this month, classrooms are going to have to be relocated.

A parent information meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at La Marque High School. Any and all TCISD parents are welcome to attend to hear about the relocation of classrooms and transportation changes.

“We know that relocating classrooms is going to be a hardship for families and teachers,” said TCISD Superintendent Dr. Rodney Cavness. “However, we are working really hard so that students can be in school with their academic needs taken care of. This is not an easy fix but we are doing our best with what we have to take care of our students and staff.”

We do not have an estimated date from the contractors when repairs are done. “On initial view, we thought we could have all schools up and running by September 11,” said Dr. Cavness. “But as anyone knows who has experienced renovations and repairs, sometimes you find deeper issues once you start uncovering damage.”

The District does anticipate it to be a temporary relocation and all students will return to their home campus as soon as restoration is completed.

More than 1,600 students from La Marque Primary, La Marque Elementary and La Marque Middle School will be moved. Besides the change of location, Texas City ISD is going to keep school as normal as we can for the students. Therefore, all La Marque students will have their same teachers and classmates they had the first week of school.

Details from the meeting will be posted on the TCISD website for anyone who is not able to attend the meeting. This meeting is open to any Texas City ISD parent. Relocated classrooms will be at La Marque High School, Calvin Vincent Early Childhood Center, Guajardo Elementary, Heights Elementary, Kohfeldt Elementary and Roosevelt-Wilson Elementary

"Students being displaced is tough enough so it's important we keep their class together," said Melissa Tortorici, Director of Communications. "Each student will remain with their teachers and have their own classrooms and space. We will not be disbanding student groups. La Marque students will continue to be taught by their teachers they started the year off with."

This relocation is temporary until we are able to get back into the home campuses. We appreciate everyone working together to create a nice learning environment for our students.
  • All La Marque Pre-K will attend Calvin Vincent, 1805 13th Avenue N.
  • All La Marque Kindergarten will attend Heights, 300 25th Street N.
  • All La Marque 1st Grade will attend Heights, 300 25th Street N.
  • La Marque Life Skills/SLC (Pilkinton's class) will attend Heights, 300 25th Street N.
  • All La Marque 2nd Grade will attend Guajardo, 2300 21st Street N.
  • La Marque's Douglas, Gary, Hudson, McClure and Tate's 3rd Grade classes of will attend Guajardo, 2300 21st Street N.
  • La Marque's Harris, Sherwood and Springston's 3rd Grade classes will attend Roosevelt-Wilson, 301 16th Avenue N.
  • La Marque's Burke, Holmes, Peace, Shields and Simpson's 4th Grade classes will attend Roosevelt-Wilson, 301 16th Avenue N.
  • La Marque's Chavis, Elliott, Freeman, Oliver and Sanchez's 4th Grade classes will attend Kohfeldt, 1705 13th Avenue N.
  • La Marque's Life Skills/SLC (Cimrhanzel's class) will attend Roosevelt-Wilson, 301 16th Avenue N.
  • La Marque's AIM (McGinty-Grimes' class) will attend Levi Fry, 300 25th Avenue N.
  • All LMMS will attend LMHS, 397 Duroux

La Marque Primary and La Marque Elementary students have new hours while at the temporary location in consideration of bus transportation and to relieve morning and afternoon traffic at the school. New hours for La Marque Pre-K through 4th Grade ONLY is 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

La Marque Middle School will use the Duroux entry while La Marque High School will continue to use the Vauthier entry.


Substitute Training

TCISD will not be offering the substitute orientation Wednesday that was previously scheduled. An online option is available through the HR Department.