Superintendent Carstarphen to AISD Community: Support for Families and Staff Affected by Flooding
Many of our families and school communities were devastated by last week’s severe flooding in Austin. Over the weekend, I visited affected neighborhoods, particularly in southeast Austin. I walked the streets, talked to families, and entered damaged homes. Our schools are back in operation, but many families, including at least one AISD staff member, have lost their homes and belongings.
While schools are now operating, many students who were affected by the storm have been unable to return to class. At last count, we were aware of more than 100 students who have become homeless as a result of the flooding.
Many of you have asked how you can help. For information about employee leave, how to volunteer, types of donations need, transportation assistance, and guidance and counseling, please go to this website: www.austinisd.org/announcements/resources-families-and-staff-affected-flooding.
I want to express my deepest sympathy to the families who lost so much—some, their lives—in this tragedy. Thank you to everyone who has come together to support our families and our AISD school community.
Information and How to Support Families Affected by Flooding
Superintendent's Power of Us Blog
We have contacted parents and caregivers of students in schools impacted by last week's flooding. In response to ongoing concerns about more rain and potential flooding, we are continuing to inform them about what to expect if the weather causes delays or school closures. Families have asked principals for real-time communication from the district about responding to additional flooding that may occur this week and we will continue to honor that request. While families throughout the city have been impacted, the schools most affected include Blazier, Langford, Palm, Perez, and Widen elementary schools and Mendez Middle School.