Clear Creek ISD Senior was unexpectedly dropped from school while recovering from open-heart surgery

CLEAR LAKE, Texas (KTRK) – A high school senior says he will be given the chance to graduate after being unexpectedly dropped from Clear Falls High School while recovering from open-heart surgery.

“I just want to go to college. It really is,” said 19-year-old Logan Ward.

Ward became dangerously ill while on a Spring Break vacation trip to Arizona with his mother, causing him to miss several days of his senior year at Clear Falls High School.

“He’s almost died three times, had open-heart surgery, been through so much,” said his mother, Tamara Evans. “You know, he’s already missed so much of that last part of his senior year and now you’re telling him, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, you’re not going to graduate now.'”

Clear Creek ISD does not offer online school, but the district says it offers remote options in extenuating circumstances.

He wasn’t enrolled yet.

“They have made exceptions during COVID. I know the technology is still there,” Evans said. “It took me a few days to process. But then I was like, ‘You know what? No, that’s not right.’ So I started a Facebook campaign and the change.org campaign.”

After thousands of signatures and dozens of phone calls, a district committee reached out to the family Monday.

After working out a plan with district officials, Ward said he had until 3 p.m. Thursday to complete the required coursework remotely.

If he passes, he can graduate on Saturday.

“I really don’t think anyone would have reached out to us without all that we’ve done,” Evans said.

“I just don’t want anyone to have to do it like me,” Ward said. “Schools should only make adjustments.”

Clear Creek ISD released the following statement:

The entire team at Clear Creek Independent School District strives to provide the instructional support necessary to help each student graduate on time. We recognize that there may be unique circumstances in a student’s educational journey that, through no fault of their own, put them off the path to graduation. We are doing what we can to help them with these challenges.

While we cannot discuss this senior’s academic progress, we can report that the school district does not operate an online school. We are offering students, in extenuating circumstances, the opportunity to work remotely and submit schoolwork to continue earning points.

The reasons the student was disfellowshipped from the Clear Creek Independent School District cannot be disclosed due to the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act. However, we are working with the family to design a graduation plan so that this student can receive a diploma upon completion of Texas degree requirements.

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