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Closure of The Rhodes School Northshore Campus
News Release
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Harris County, Texas -- On Aug. 22, the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office notified the Texas Education Agency (TEA) about multiple fire and life safety violations at The Rhodes School Northshore campus, located at 13334 Wallisville Rd., Houston, TX. TEA representative visited the Northshore campus today and determined these fire and life safety violations endanger the health, safety and welfare of the students. As of the end of school today, TEA suspended the authority of the Rhodes School to operate the Northshore campus.

"My number one priority is the safety and security of the children that attend this unsafe school," said Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen. "The Rhodes School Northshore campus contained numerous fire and life safety hazards including, but not limited to, lack of a fire sprinkler system, lack of a fire alarm system, blocked and limited exits, and numerous electrical issues. We are grateful for our partners at TEA for taking swift action and we will continue to work with TEA and The Rhodes School until the dangerous conditions are corrected and the facility meets current fire code requirements."

The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office Fire Prevention Division is responsible for the effective prevention of fires though periodic inspection of commercial and public buildings, licensed facilities and operations of other buildings. It investigates complaints of blocked exits, overcrowding, lack of life safety systems and issues citations to ensure code compliance. This division also provides a wide variety of fire/life safety programs for the general public and first responders.

Harris County Fire Marshal Inspection Report of The Rhodes School

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