1:40 p.m. 2/21/21
If you suffered in any way from the impact of last week‘s winter storm we hope you are now seeing welcomed improvements and much relief. We are pleased to report that Keller ISD will reopen all 42 campuses for in-person and remote learning on Monday, February 22.
Several of our buildings, like many of your homes, sustained damage in the form of leaks and extended outages, but thanks to the incredible work of our Facilities Services and Technology crews, we are ready to safely open our doors to students and staff. The water boil advisories have expired and we anticipate having a normal or near-normal return.
If you have extenuating circumstances preventing you from returning or connecting with your classes remotely, please reach out to your campus principal or supervisor. As always, we will work with you to address any of your specific needs.
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow, Monday, February 22.
12:25 p.m. 2/20/21
Our crews continue to work at Keller-Harvel Elementary, North Riverside Elementary, Hillwood Middle School, and Keller Center for Advanced Learning on heating equipment issues.
If for any reason these buildings aren’t able to be occupied, we will provide the appropriate updates to the staff and families that those campuses serve. If issues are identified at any of our other campuses, we will be sure to notify you.
Unless you receive further communication from the District about an unexpected issue at your campus, please plan to return to school, both remote and in-person, Monday, February 22.
*Please note that at the time of this video recording, the water boil notice for City of Keller had not been lifted. It was lifted shortly after.*
5:18 p.m. 2/19/21
On this sunny Friday with temperatures above freezing and no precipitation, we are beginning to feel optimistic about re-opening our facilities on Monday, February 22.
Granted, we are not out of the woods in terms of the potential for pipes to burst and mechanical equipment to fail moving forward, but overall, our schools are safe and appear to be ready to open for classes.
Every hour that passes allows us to better assess the condition of our facilities while making repairs as quickly as possible, so we want to make you aware of the current challenges at four of our campuses. Keller-Harvel Elementary, North Riverside Elementary, Hillwood Middle School, and Keller Center for Advanced Learning are having some heating equipment issues, but crews will continue to work on the equipment over the weekend. If for any reason these buildings weren’t able to be occupied, we would provide the appropriate updates to the staff and families that those campuses serve. If issues are identified at our other campuses, we will be sure to notify you.
The other challenge we are facing involves the water boil advisory. While we received outstanding news regarding the advisory having expired today in North Fort Worth, we have campuses that reside not only in Fort Worth and Keller, but also in Southlake, Colleyville, and Watauga. We are watching all developments closely, and we are hopeful that the water boil advisories in other areas will also expire soon. In the meantime, Child Nutrition Services will be safely providing meals.
For now, we want you to know that the safety of our community is always our top priority, and we are committed to your well-being and keeping you informed. Please continue to visit our website, www.KellerISD.net for the very latest information.
1:54 p.m. 2/18/21
District administrators are continuing to monitor the current water boil advisory in our area and our facilities crews are assessing any potential damage to our buildings to determine the best plans for reopening schools on Monday, February 22.
As the snow and ice begin to thaw, we will have a better understanding of the impact this winter event may have had on our facilities, and whether or not it is necessary for some campuses to engage in asynchronous or remote learning to start the week. We are watching all developments closely, and we are hopeful that the water boil advisory will expire as soon as possible.
For now, we want you to know that the safety of our community guides every decision we make, and we will keep you informed as we move forward in our planning.
As a reminder, there will be no school on Friday, February 19, but Sodexo and KISD Child Nutrition Services will be distributing weekend meals for students from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at Central High School.
12 p.m. 2/16/21
Keller ISD will be closed for the remainder of the week, through Friday, February 19. No classes – either in-person or remote – will be held during this time, and all District offices will remain closed.
After considering continued forecasts of extreme winter weather and its impact on our families and our facilities, District administrators determined that extending the closure is necessary for the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff. Even when greater accessibility to our campuses is restored, it is estimated that it will take at least a day to ensure that buildings are prepared to welcome students back, and administrators decided the timeline would likely not allow for this to take place this week.
With continued rolling blackouts, power outages, and lack of availability of water in some parts of our District, we continue to believe it would be difficult for students and teachers to effectively engage in remote learning. Therefore, Thursday, February 18, and Friday, February 19, will also be “snow days” for students and staff with no classes being held.
Please note that it may be necessary to use the April 2 Bad Weather Day noted on the KISD Instructional Calendar as a dedicated school day. We are hopeful the state will provide some relief on required instructional time given the statewide state of emergency due to this winter storm, and we will certainly keep you informed regarding that process.
We encourage you to continue to check your email, text messages, www.KellerISD.net, and KISD social media accounts for any additional updates. In the meantime, please stay safe and warm as we look forward to welcoming students back to school next week.
9:45 a.m. 2/16/21
Keller ISD will be closed Wednesday, February 17
The historic winter weather continues to impact our region in a variety of ways. In addition to extreme cold temperatures and travel hazards, many of us also have now begun experiencing rolling blackouts, extended power outages, and water supply issues. We hope you are all safe.
As we consider all these factors, the decision has been made to cancel all Keller ISD classes, both in-person and remote, for Wednesday, February 17. Additionally, with the continued impact of rolling blackouts and power outages, it would be very difficult for students and teachers to effectively conduct remote learning. To avoid that frustration, Wednesday will be considered another “snow day” for students and staff, and will not require the use of a bad weather day later in the school year, due to the way KISD has constructed its calendar.
We will continue to update parents and staff regarding the possibility of future closures this week, and will provide notice daily, as early as possible. Please check your email, text messages, www.KellerISD.net, and District social media accounts for official updates.
In the meantime, please continue to stay safe and indoors, and enjoy this extended time at home with your family.
12:30 p.m. 2/15/21
Keller ISD will be closed Tuesday, February 16.
Keller ISD administrators continue to monitor the weather forecast for the week along with the secondary impact of rolling blackouts and power outages. The safety of our students, staff, and families has been driving the discussions of District leadership this weekend.
Based on the continued winter weather conditions, all Keller ISD classes, both in-person and remote, have been cancelled for Tuesday, February 16. This day will be considered a “snow day” for students and staff. Tuesday’s “snow day” will not require the use of a bad weather day later in the school year.
We are already discussing plans for Wednesday, February 17. While there is a strong likelihood that we will not be able to reopen our campuses due to weather and travel conditions, the decision whether to open or close Wednesday-Friday will be communicated on a day-by-day basis.
We do want to remind you that the District has built in contingency plans for events such as this. Because we have banked instructional minutes, as well as the opportunity to apply for TEA waivers, we have the ability to cancel school due to bad weather without having to transition to a remote learning day.
In the meantime, please stay safe and enjoy time on Tuesday with your family. Please continue to watch your email, www.KellerISD.net, and District social media for updates.