The winter season is upon us. Our district staff understands that our decision to open or close schools in bad weather has a significant effect on families. We also understand that our students are better served – both academically and socially – by being in school. But as always, our top priority is the safety of our students.
HOW DO WE MAKE OUR DECISION?
We make the decision to open or close the schools in bad weather based on analysis of all relevant factors, such as:
- Information on road conditions from transportation staff and from the police
- Amount of snow and ice accumulated
- Whether precipitation is continuing
- Building conditions (such as whether we have electricity and heat)
- Parking lot conditions
- Temperature and wind chill
- Weather predictions
- Sidewalk conditions
- What other school districts are doing
WHO MAKES THE DECISION?
The superintendent of schools is responsible for the final decision.
HOW IS THE PUBLIC NOTIFIED?
The official notice for Keller ISD school closings or delays is posted to the District website first (www.KellerISD.net). Official Keller ISD social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) will also have information regarding any closings or delays. (A red alert bar will appear across the top of the KellerISD.net home page (see below for an example) should campuses be closed. Tune to WBAP-820 AM or KRLD 1080 radio, WFAA8, NBC5, FOX4, KTVT11 or KTXA21 television stations for up-to-date information on school closings. Keller ISD does not recommend that you call the school or district office unless it is an emergency.
WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE?
The superintendent must make the decision to close our schools by 5:30 a.m. or earlier so we can notify radio and TV stations and post the decision on our Web site and television station. If the district waits longer to announce a closing, some parents will have already left for work, leaving their children unsupervised.
WILL WE CLOSE SCHOOL EARLY IF CONDITIONS WORSEN?
Keep in mind that, even if weather conditions worsen, we cannot reverse our decision in the morning without endangering students. Once we make the decision to open the schools, many parents rely on it and leave for work. If we then send students right back home, many will return to unsupervised bus stops and empty houses. If conditions get worse during the school day, we may need to have an early dismissal, but we will give adequate notice to all parents first. Although the Keller ISD staff will do its absolute best in this process, we know that often no perfect decision exists. If you do not feel as though it is safe for your child to attend school, use your best judgment on whether he or she should attend.
WHAT ABOUT AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES?
If classes are cancelled, all after-school activities are presumed cancelled as well, unless student groups are contacted by their respective faculty advisor with alternate plans. For situations in which classes are not cancelled, the District will attempt to make decisions about after-school activities no later than 2 p.m. Look for any updates on KellerISD.net or from your respective faculty advisor.
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