We often hear that it is during times of crisis that we show our true colors. As we emerge from the crisis that was Hurricane Harvey, it pleases me to say that our colors were a bright and shining example of everything Tomball and the State of Texas stand for: resiliency, strength, faith, unity, dedication and charity. I want to personally thank each and every one of the many Tomball ISD staff members, students, parents, and community members who helped out before, during and after the storm both here and throughout the area. It is a true testimony to our values and sense of community.
Tomball ISD staff worked hard inspecting district campuses and facilities and remediating a few minor issues related to the flooding. We are happy that Tomball ISD schools were able to welcome back our students with caring and open arms on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Regular bus transportation will be in effect, and we have returned to a regular schedule including after-school activities unless otherwise advised.
It brought me great pride to see our district open a shelter to help those during a critical time of need. It was heartwarming to see so many give freely to those neighbors, friends and strangers in need of assistance. The heart of Tomball was clearly displayed through additional acts of kindness shown from cleaning flooded homes, cooking meals for displaced families and even washing clothes for those who had lost even their means to do so.
We understand that many families are still dealing with issues related to the storm. If there is an issue which has resulted in a relocation of your family, please let your school know. Any student whose family has relocated due to the storm will of course remain eligible to attend the school where he or she was attending prior to the storm. We are committed to minimizing any changes which the student is experiencing through this process. We also understand that there may be some families from affected areas which have relocated to Tomball ISD. Our doors are open and we look forward to providing them the best education possible. You will find that we are focused on making Tomball ISD “Not just a district, a DESTINATION!”
Wishing you all the very best in the wake of this challenge, and looking forward to an excellent remainder of this school year.
Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora Superintendent of Schools