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Threat against DPHS-NC deemed a hoax

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Schools

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Deer Park ISD announced early this morning that a student received a threat regarding a school shooting. The threat, sent via text message, was reported to Deer Park Police and the school district. Deer Park Police investigation revealed the threat is similar to a hoax involving schools in Iowa and California.

As school safety evolves, goal remains the same

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Schools

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From the doors of the campus to cyberspace, school security and safety has been the priority for Deer Park ISD for decades. Although the scope of the district and technology has changed, the charge of keeping students and staff remains the same. DPISD Assistant Superintendent for Administration Stephen Harrell discussed school security and safety with the Deer Park Rotary Club.

Deer Park ISD to reopen Sept. 5

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in Schools

THIS IS A MESSAGE FROM DEER PARK ISD:

We hope this message finds you safe and sound. We know that many of our Deer Park ISD families were affected by the storm and flooding. Some of our employees lost their homes or other property. But, for the most part, it sounds like our area and our DPISD friends and family survived the storm.

All Deer Park ISD campuses will resume school according to our regular schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 5. (Monday, Sept. 4, remains a Labor Day holiday for students and employees.) All bus routes will also run according to the regular schedule. All employees will report to duty the same day.

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR TWO WEEKS
To offer additional support for our students and their families, we will provide free breakfast and lunch for all DPISD students from Sept. 5-15. This offer applies only to regular cafeteria meals (and does NOT include a la carte items). We know that many parents have not been able to work, which impacts household budgets.

LIMITED DAMAGE TO DPISD FACILITIES
We've received many questions from parents, employees, and community members about the state of our schools and facilities. Overall, the District endured Harvey very well. A few schools had small amounts of water in them resulting in minimal damage to carpet or equipment. The only building that received significant damage was Deepwater Junior High. The school's atrium flooded, and water damaged the library, which will be closed until it is completely cleaned.

STUDENT EMOTIONAL NEEDS
It is difficult to predict the emotional impact of a major disaster on children, and returning to a normal school schedule will probably offer some level of comfort for many students. However, we recommend that parents visit the following links:

For a good basic summary of how parents can help their children heal:
http://www.nctsn.org/.../after-crisis-helping-young-children-...

For a more detailed breakdown of the warning signs:
http://www.redcross.org/.../m14740413_Helping_children_cope_w...

HURRICANE MAKE-UP DAYS
The Texas Education Agency has already contacted districts in counties affected by the storm regarding missed instructional days. We will have the opportunity to request a missed instruction day waiver, and all indications are that waivers will be approved for days missed from Aug. 25-Sept. 1. Once the District's waiver is approved, we will not have to make up the missed days.

INSTRUCTION
Missing six instructional days means over a week of the curriculum was missed, and that information must be covered during the remainder of the school year. However, in an effort to ease students back into the school year, teachers will assign less homework than normal for the next week.

BACK TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Several school open houses were canceled because of the storm. Those will be rescheduled in the coming weeks, and schools will be in contact with parents soon to share updated information.

UIL/ATHLETICS EVENTS
Many districts are not able to resume school next week, which could impact previously scheduled athletics events. DPISD Coaches will be in contact with players and parents regarding whether or not practices or games will take place as scheduled. Sports fans can always keep track of events by visiting the Athletics website at www.dpisd.org/athletics or by following the Athletics Department at www.twitter.com/dpisdathletics

SPECIAL THANKS
We want to say a special thanks to our Maintenance and Operations team, which leapt to action once the storm had passed and made sure that our schools and facilities were ready for students to return. It is also a testament to the dedication of our employees that almost all of them will be available to welcome students back next week. (Those who can’t return either experienced significant property loss themselves or through an immediate family member.) Way to go, Team Deer Park!

We look forward to seeing all students as school resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Thank you.

DPISD closed thru Sept. 1

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in Schools

THIS IS A MESSAGE FROM DEER PARK ISD.

Deer Park ISD officials participated in a conference call today with the Harris County Office of Emergency Management and other area school districts.

Based on the information that was shared, Deer Park ISD has canceled school for the rest of the week. It is our understanding that most, if not all, area districts have made the same decision to close.

In DPISD, we already have water in several of our buildings, and much more rain is expected for several days. Thus, water levels will almost certainly continue to rise because there is simply no place for the water to go.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with all of our Deer Park ISD families. Please stay connected as best as you can, and make safe decisions. Safety officials say that the situation will likely get much worse this week.

Again, all Deer Park ISD schools and facilities are closed from Monday, Aug.28, through Friday, Sept. 1. If we have any new information, we will share it when it becomes available.

Thank you.

Deer Park ISD closed Monday & Tuesday

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in Schools

Friends and neighbors of the DPISD community:

We hope that you and your family remain safe as Tropical Storm Harvey impacts our area. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Texas central coast who faced the worst of the storm as well as anyone in our area whose family or property was affected during the past few days.

School is canceled for Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 28-29, for all DPISD campuses, and all District offices will be closed.

This decision was made with the safety of our students and employees in mind. We encourage everyone to stay home if possible and continue to make safe decisions. There is a strong possibility that Harvey could continue to affect our area through the week with significant rain and flooding.