VISD teachers help clean campuses after hurricane Harvey damage


Dear VISD Family Member,
First and foremost, please know that all of our thoughts and best wishes are with you and your families as we continue to feel the effects of Hurricane Harvey. We also realize just how devastating this has been to you, your families, our community and the VISD. In the VISD, this year’s focus is “Better Together” and nothing is more evident in the aftermath of this storm than “VISD PROUD” – “VISD Strong” as we prepare for our students to return to the classroom.
Many of our campuses have sustained significant damage from the storm. But, it wasn’t until our staff was able to go inside the campuses that we discovered the true extent of the storm’s destruction. Throughout the entire district our campuses received substantial loss, inside and out, to a much greater degree than what was initially assessed.
We are requesting that all staff members report to work on Thursday, August 31st at 10:00 a.m. and work together to restore our classrooms into positive, safe learning environments (if you are safely able to do so). Please wear jeans, come dressed to work, you may get dirty, and you may be working indoors or outdoors. Each campus will have a cleaning kit provided with trash bags and other cleaning supplies. You may wish to bring gloves, flashlights, bug spray and sunscreen (in case you are outdoors), shovels, rakes, etc. Due to the water restrictions, we also request that you bring something to drink as well. More than half of our campuses are still without electricity so we ask that you please be careful of your surroundings. If you have specific questions, or require any additional information, please contact your immediate supervisor.
By working together, we will be able to ensure all of our campuses will be ready for students to return to school next week. We cannot accomplish this goal without YOU!
Please know that the well being of you, our students, families and community members is our number one concern and we would never jeopardize your safety. We are working in partnership with the Office of Emergency Management, City of Victoria, Victoria County, our Fire Department and Law Enforcement Agencies to monitor, respond and assist any families who may be displaced and/or are in need of assistance.
We appreciate all that you do in support of our students and our colleagues. We know for some of our families, this will be a stressful time as their normal routine is interrupted and they worry about their family, homes and possessions. We ask that you continue to lift them up in your thoughts and offer them your support. We will get through this event because we have YOU and because we are so much “Better Together.”