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Hurricane Harvey: School and business closures in the Rio Grande Valley

Schools, Colleges and Educational Institutions

Harlingen CISD: Based on information provided by our local emergency management officials and the National Weather Service, all offices and schools in HCISD will be closed Friday, August 25th.

HCISD has also cancelled all school related events, including athletic activities, for Friday. Classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, August 28th. For further details please visit our social media pages, website, and our HCISD Mobile App.

Rio Hondo ISD: Due to Hurricane Harvey, Rio Hondo ISD is canceling all scheduled activities on August 24, 2017 and the district will be closed on August 25, 2017.

Brownsville ISD: BISD schools and all BISD operations will be closed tomorrow, Friday, August 25, 2017, due to the expected major Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey.

Schools and school district departments will be closed for the entire day on Friday. Any additional updates will be communicated to our staff and community through our SchoolMessenger System, District Website and District Facebook page.

Los Fresnos CISD: Los Fresnos CISD has canceled classes scheduled Friday, Aug. 25 because of the threat of Hurricane Harvey for the safety of students and staff.

Friday’s Los Fresnos-PSJA North football scrimmage at Leo Aguilar Memorial Stadium has been canceled. The SAT scheduled Saturday at Los Fresnos High School has been rescheduled for Sept. 9.

Hidalgo ISD: Due to expected inclement weather conditions, tonight's "Meet the Teacher " events across Hidalgo ISD have been canceled.

To help our staff and community prepare for this weather emergency, Hidalgo ISD will be closed all day Friday, August 25, 2017.

First day of classes remain on Monday, August 28, 2017, however, you are advised to listen for announcements regarding any updates on school schedules on local radio or television stations, as well as the Hidalgo ISD website. Each media outlet will also be informed of any decision affecting school schedules next week.

Edcouch-Elsa ISD: Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District will be closed after 12:00 noon on Friday, August 25, 2017, and will return to normal hours on Monday, August 28, 2017. Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District will also cancel all school-related events for Friday and Saturday. All schools will be opened as scheduled on Monday, August 28, 2017, for the first day of classes.

La Joya ISD: Due to Hurricane Harvey, for the safety of our students and staff, La Joya ISD will be using a Bad Weather Day and cancelling classes for Friday, August 25, 2017. We will keep you updated as information becomes available.

Mission CISD: Due to concerns associated with the potential of deteriorating weather conditions from Hurricane Harvey, all Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) offices and school operations will close at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, August 25.

Mission CISD officials will continue to monitor conditions over the weekend and coordinate with local and area emergency operations.

At this time, Mission CISD does plan to open school as normal for the first day of school on Monday, August 28. Should there be any change, Mission CISD will make the announcement through its SchoolMessenger calling system, district website, Facebook page, twitter account, and the local news media.

McAllen ISD: Because student and staff safety is our top priority, employees will be released from work at noon on Friday, August 25. All McAllen ISD student activities are cancelled on Friday and Saturday.

However, “Elementary Meet the Teacher Night” activities, scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, will take place, as planned. The District will continue to monitor weather conditions. We do not anticipate changes to the first day of school on Monday, August 28.

Lyford CISD: Due to Hurricane Harvey all offices and schools at Lyford CISD will be closed Friday, August 25th. Lyford CISD has also cancelled all school related events and extra-curricular activities scheduled for Thursday, August 24th - Saturday, August 26th.

Classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, August 28th. For further details please visit our website and social media pages.

Diocese of Brownsville Catholic Schools: Due to Hurricane Harvey and for the safety of all our students, parents and staff, all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Brownsville will be closed Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

Let us keep everyone in the Rio Grande Valley and throughout the state in our thoughts and prayers as the hurricane makes landfall. Be safe. God’s blessings.

For more information, please contact the Catholic Schools Office at (956) 784-5051.

Harmony Public Schools: Harmony School of Innovation Brownsville and Harmony Science Academy Brownsville will be closed on Friday, August 25, 2017 due to the extreme weather forecast of tropical storm Harvey. The safety of our students, families, and staff is our number one priority. Classes are to resume at regular scheduled time on Monday, August 28, 2017.

Any additional updates will be communicated to our Harmony families through our school messenger system, school website, and school Facebook page.

We ask that you please take the necessary precautions to ensure that you and your family are safe during this storm. Harmony Public Schools is committed to the safety and education of all our students. We take seriously our responsibility to communicate with parents about safety issues when they arise as quickly and clearly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the district office in Houston at 713-433-7001.

NINOS Head Start: Due to the weather, NINOS Head Start centers and main office will close tomorrow (Friday) August 25, 2017. We will resume operations on Monday, August 28, 2017.

Spirit of Joy Christian Child Care Center: Due to expected severe weather brought by Hurricane Harvey, Spirit of Joy Christian Child care Center located at 1155 west Stenger St. in San Benito will be closed on Friday. Services are expected to resume on Monday.

Discovery School: Based on the current information provided by our local emergency management officials and the National Weather Service, Discovery School will be closed Friday, August 25th to ensure the safety of our students, parents, and staff.

Vanguard Academy: Based on information provided by our local emergency management officials and the National Weather Service, all offices and schools at Vanguard Academy Alamo, Edinburg and Pharr will be closed on Friday, August 25th to ensure the safety of our students, parents and staff.

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley: The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. Therefore, due to the imminent threat of Hurricane Harvey on the Texas Gulf Coast, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is closing all campuses and locations Friday, August 25, and Saturday, August 26.

Emergency and essential personnel will remain on duty as needed. In addition, all UTRGV events scheduled for Friday and Saturday will be cancelled and/or postponed. The campus will reopen Monday, August 28, and all services will resume for the first day of class.

In the meantime, we encourage all students, faculty and staff to check their email regularly and to visit utrgv.edu for the latest information and updates.

In the event of a campus emergency, please call (956) 882-2222.

Texas Southmost College: Due to the inclement weather that is anticipated to reach the Texas coast in the upcoming hours, Texas Southmost College will be closed as of Thursday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. through Sunday, Aug. 27. TSC anticipates to re-open on Monday, Aug. 28 for regular business hours.

During this time, the TSC Emergency Operations Management Team (EMT), in collaboration with the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Brownsville Office of Emergency Management, and Cameron County Emergency Management, will continue to monitor the developing storm and its aftermath.

Although we anticipate opening on Monday, no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, the TSC EMT will provide an update to students, faculty, staff, leasing tenants, and the community regarding the re-opening of the college on Monday, Aug. 28, the first day of the fall 2017 semester.

Registration and add/drops will continue through Monday, Aug. 28 and Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Updates will be provided to students, faculty, and staff via the RAVE Emergency System. Updates will also be provided via the TSC website at www.tsc.edu, and TSC social media channels.

South Texas College: In anticipation of Hurricane Harvey, all campuses at South Texas College will close on Friday 08/25/17 through Sunday 08/27/17. All activities planned for those days have been cancelled.

Registration will be extended through next week for traditional and dual enrollment students.

Fall semester classes are set to begin Monday, August 28 but administrators will continue to evaluate the forecasts and provide updates on the college’s official website, www.southtexascollege.edu.

Texas State Technical College: The TSTC administration has decided to CLOSE all TSTC student services on the Harlingen campus by noon today (Thursday, Aug. 24) and the campus will remain closed for business through Friday (Aug. 25).

This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution for students and employees. Our hope is to keep folks off the roads in what will be very wet and possibly dangerous weather conditions.

Dorm move-in days for new students, scheduled for this weekend, will be postponed until next week and preparations are being made to allow for late student registration.


Businesses

Schlitterbahn: Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark will be closing today (Thursday) at 3 p.m. and remain closed throughout the weekend in the interest of public safety.

The Shrimp Haus Restaurant is tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday at 11:00am and the waterpark will resume its normal operating schedule next Saturday, September 2nd at 10:00 am.

Protocols have already begun to ensure the safety and well-being of our Guests, staff and property in preparation of Harvey.

Schlitterbahn will take all appropriate measures to ensure public safety before resuming operations.

Tropical Texas Behavioral Health: Due to expected severe weather conditions Tropical Texas Behavioral Health in Cameron County will be closed tomorrow (Friday) 8/25/17. Appointments scheduled for tomorrow (Friday)will be rescheduled. Crisis services will be available as conditions allow for safe response by contacting 1-877-289-7119.

Closed Clinic Locations:

  • Harlingen--103 North Loop 499
  • Brownsville--861 Old Alice Rd

Cameron County offices: Due to Hurricane Harvey, all Cameron County Offices will be closed tomorrow Friday, August 25, 2017 and will re-open Monday, August 28, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

Cameron County Driver License office: Due to the expected landfall of Hurricane Harvey and the disaster proclamation issued by Governor Abbott, the Department of Public Safety is closing Driver License Offices in certain counties for the remainder of today, Aug. 24, and all day on Friday, Aug. 25.

Valley Metro Public Bus Service: In response to imminent risks associated with Hurricane Harvey, Valley Metro Public Bus Service will temporarily discontinue Route 50 (service to Port Isabel, Laguna Heights, and Laguna Vista) and Willacy County Demand Response Service as of Friday, August 25, 2017 at 5:30 AM.

Following a review of weather conditions, Route 50 and Willacy County Demand Response Service may resume as regularly scheduled for Saturday, August 26th, 2017. Valley Metro staff will provide a press release for Saturday if service resumes.

Please direct all questions to Valley Metro Director at 956-369-5048 or 1-800-574-9322.

Brownsville Public Utilities Board offices:With the threat of Hurricane Harvey making landfall on the Texas coast, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) General Emergency Plan was activated today at 3 p.m.

BPUB offices will close for regular business starting Friday, August 25, 2017 at 8 a.m. until further notice. Regular business will resume after the dangers of Hurricane Harvey pass. BPUB staff and crews will remain on duty throughout the storm and will work to restore utility services as soon as the danger passes.

BPUB is prepared and ready to handle impending storms expected due to Hurricane Harvey and has activated an Emergency Operations Center. Should there be power, water or wastewater services interruptions due to downed power lines or other natural causes, the utility and its employees are fully trained, capable and ready to restore electricity, water and wastewater services to Brownsville. To report an outage, please call 956-983-6300 or use the BPUB App located at https://assist.brownsville-pub.com/.

The public can rest assured that the utility will be continually abreast of the situation throughout the storm and recovery process. Information is available on the BPUB website at www.brownsville-pub.com, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/brownsvillepub or Twitter at https://twitter.com/BPUB_Tweets.

Su Clinica: Su Clinica will close all of its facilities for patient care all day Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26 in response to the approach of Hurricane Harvey.

This announcement includes all of the clinic’s facilities including those in Harlingen, Brownsville, Raymondville, and Santa Rosa. Adult and pediatric clinics in Harlingen will reopen Sunday at 11:00am. Brownsville, Raymondville, and Santa Rosa clinics will reopen for normal hours on Monday, August 28th. Phone lines will not be operational during the closure.

Brownsville Community Health Center: The Brownsville Community Health Center will be closed on Friday, August 25th due to impending inclement weather.

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