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A New School Year Begins After a Stormy Weekend


Parents all over Imperial County proudly uploaded pictures of their children on social media celebrating the first day of school and new beginnings. The sun shined again on our students after a few days of heavy rain and thunder.

With backpacks on their shoulder and ready to learn, students began the 2023-2024 school year.

After the havoc that tropical storm Hilary brought this weekend, students in Imperial County headed back with a renewed sense of determination and resilience. Although it would be a short day in some districts, students got to see their friends again.

Hilary brought heavy rains, strong winds, and widespread flooding, causing significant damage to the County’s infrastructure. The biggest question among parents Sunday night was: Will there be school tomorrow? 

The answer was yes.

Late Sunday night, parents received a notification from the school districts in Heber, Imperial, Calexico, El Centro, Brawley, and Holtville

The Imperial County Office of Education announced that classes were scheduled to start despite the storm and all bus transportation would run normally on all routes.

“While contemplating a potential delay in the school start, we’ve considered numerous factors. These include severe weather conditions, street accessibility due to flooding, assessment of school damage, food service capabilities, and school safety,” ICOE stated in a letter.

In partnership with ICOE, the status of road closures due to the storm was added to the interactive road closures and flood zone map. Several roads were closed due to the rain damage.

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