Central High School parent reacts to extended closure, short-term plans for students

A Central High School parent voices his thoughts on Beaumont ISD closing Central on

BEAUMONT - Beaumont's Central High School will be closed again Tuesday and the district has released a short term plan to handle the students.

No start dates for any of the district's short term plans have been announced yet according and missed days will not count against student attendance according to a release from the Beaumont Independent School District.

A Central High School parent, Geary Senigaur says that he is not happy the district waited until Monday afternoon to release their plans.

“I understand it’s a strenous and complicated decision, but the thing about that is communication. If they communicate, a lot of rumors, a lot of animosity, a lot of fear would be demolished," Senigaur said.

"He was kind of disappointed,” Senigaur said.

"It's my job as a father and I believe all the parents out there are doing the same thing, keeping their children upbeat, but it's hard because you don't know what to tell them," Senigaur said.

Senigaur hopes his son won’t lose any progress in his final year.

"Let's get them doing some type of curriculum right now for the meantime, that way you calm situations down and they're still sharp," Senigaur said.

Central students will continue to participate and compete in extracurricular activities as a single high school with students being transported after school as needed the district said.

Central students in grades 10 - 12 have the option to immediately transfer to Ozen High School as long as space is available otherwise they will be attending classes at the Austin Innovation Campus according to the release.

Transfers to West Brook will not be available as Early College High School students will be moved to the West Brook campus the release said.

Students attending the Paul Brown Learning Center will be moved to the Ozen campus while Central ninth grade students will remain at the Central campus in buildings that are separate from the main building the district said.

The district will make sure all courses meet requirements and students will still have to meet course requirements to receive credit the district said.

The district is planning a meeting for parents as soon as "all logistical components are addressed" and will release potential long-term options for the campus later this week according to the release.

From BISD....

Central Medical Magnet High School Short-Term Plan to Return to School

1. Central High School tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students will be moved to the Austin Innovation Center campus, due to ongoing issues with the main Central High School structure. A starting date will be announced as soon as all logistical components are addressed.

2. Central High School ninth grade students will return to school at the CHS campus in buildings that are separate from the main Central High School structure. A starting date will be announced as soon as all logistical components are addressed.

3. Early College High School students will be moved to an unused portion of the West Brook High School Campus. An effective date will be announced as soon as all logistical components are addressed.

4. Paul Brown Learning Center students will be moved to the Ozen High School campus. An effective date will be announced as soon as all logistical components are addressed.

5. Central High School students will be allowed to transfer to Ozen High School immediately, as long as there is available building capacity at Ozen HS. Due to the relocation of the Early College High School to West Brook High School and building capacity limitations, transfers to West Brook HS will not be allowed at this time.

6. Missed days will not count against student attendance.

7. District personnel will ensure that Central High School courses meet state requirements to receive credit. To receive credit, students will still have to meet course requirements.

8. Central High School students at both campuses will participate and compete in extracurricular activities as a single high school. To accomplish this, students will be transported after school as necessary.

9. A parent meeting led by BISD personnel will be held as soon as all logistical components are addressed.

10. Potential long-term options for Central High School will be released later this week.

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