Start of school uncertain for thousands of students uprooted by Harvey

Thousands of students who should be starting school are instead finding themselves in shelters or starting classes at a new school.

DALLAS - This time of year is ordinarily filled with back to school activities new teachers, new friends and new book, but this year, thousands of students who have been uprooted by Hurricane Harvey are starting the school year with uncertainty.

“We couldn’t really be in the water like that because it was contaminated, people we’re just screaming asking for help saying get out the water," said 18-year-old Shannon Barre.

Crews rescued the teen and his family from Port Arthur.

It’s just like the rescue that saved his family from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Instead of preparing for class, this would-be senior is among the 2,000 evacuees staying at the Dallas Convention Center.

LIST: When Houston area school districts resume classes

For parents of little kids, there’s a lot of help and activates at the convention center to keep them sharp.

“They read books to them coloring books, baby books, work books,” said evacuee Lloynisha Daniels.

For teens, it's about getting them back into school.

“I guess I have to start fresh, and make new friends,” said evacuee Jay Cinta.

Port Arthur Independent Schools are closed until further notice. It could be another two to three weeks before they’re back open, so some of the kids will go to school in Dallas.



“I just want to be somebody in life, have a good job a good place to stay at,” said Barre.

“Get my education because without education you can’t get nowhere,” said Cinta.
 
For these seniors, the year ahead will be critical as they learn about life post-Harvey.

In Houston, 218,000 students are expected to begin classes on Sept. 11. Dallas Independent School District is collecting school supplies and uniforms for students enrolling in class here.

© 2017 KHOU-TV


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