Deer Park Schools will start two hours late, Monday, February 11th (no morning preschool). As you’re all aware, our region experienced some bitter cold this weekend and those temperatures were made worse by the strong winds that battered Deer Park and the surrounding area. Of course, we’ve also seen a decent amount of snow – with more in the forecast for Sunday night and early Monday morning. Many of our buildings are surrounded by large snow drifts that are going to need some attention first thing in the morning to make things safe for kids and staff – a couple hours will be very, very helpful for our facilities and maintenance crew and our building custodians.
In addition to the weather related issues, we also had some pipes burst at Deer Park High School this morning, resulting in some significant flooding in the performing arts area of the building (music room, the theater, and the commons area). Our incredible maintenance and custodial crew spent many hours today dealing with the mess left behind and we’ll have additional abatement crews on site all night getting the building ready for school. While there were large amounts of water in affected areas of the building, the vast majority of classrooms at DPHS were not affected.
I apologize for any inconvenience a two hour late start might cause families, but believe this is the best course of action given the circumstances in order to ensure the safest conditions for everyone tomorrow. As always, thanks for your support – be safe out there and take good care!
Travis W. Hanson | Superintendent