Reminder of KISD's Winter Weather Policy
The winter season is upon us, and Keller ISD's staff understands that the District's decision to open or close schools in bad weather has a significant effect on families.
KISD also knows that students are better served – both academically and socially – by being in school. But, as always, Keller ISD's top priority is the safety of our students.
HOW DOES KISD DECIDE TO CLOSE SCHOOLS?
The decision to open or close schools in bad weather is based on analysis of all relevant factors, including:
- Information on road conditions from Transportation staff and local police
- Amount of snow and ice accumulated
- Whether precipitation is continuing
- Building conditions (such as whether facilities have electricity and heat)
- Parking lot conditions
- Temperature and wind chill
- Weather forecasts
- Sidewalk conditions
- What other area school districts are doing
WHO MAKES THE DECISION?
The Superintendent of Schools is ultimately responsible for the final decision to close schools or leave them open.
HOW IS THE PUBLIC NOTIFIED?
The official notice for Keller ISD school closings or delays will first be posted to the District website – www.KellerISD.net. A pop-up alert will appear on the screen of the KellerISD.net homepage, should campuses be closed. An email notification will also be sent to all Keller ISD families, staff, and students, and anyone who has downloaded the Keller ISD Mobile App will receive a push notification to their mobile device. Official Keller ISD social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) will also have information regarding any closings or delays.
Tune to WBAP-820 AM or KRLD-1080 AM on the radio, or look for coverage on local television stations including Fox 4, NBC 5, WFAA Channel 8, CBS 11, or KTXA 21 for up-to-date information on school closings. Keller ISD does not recommend that you attempt to call the district or an individual campus unless there is an emergency.
WHEN WILL THE DECISION BE MADE?
The Superintendent must make the decision to close schools by 5:30 a.m. or earlier so that notification can be provided to radio and TV stations and web and social media alerts can be posted. Keller ISD administrators realize that if the District waits longer to announce a closing, some parents may have already left for work, leaving students unsupervised.
WILL SCHOOL CLOSE EARLY IF CONDITIONS WORSEN?
If conditions worsen during the school day, Keller ISD may need to implement an early dismissal, but adequate notice will be given to all parents first. Although the Keller ISD staff will do its absolute best in such an instance, no perfect decision exists. If a parent feels as though it is not safe for his or her child to attend school, the District recommends the parent use his or her best judgment on whether to send the student to school.
WHAT ABOUT AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES?
If classes are canceled, all after-school activities are presumed canceled as well, unless student groups are contacted by their respective faculty advisor with alternate plans. For situations in which classes are not canceled, 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.
In the event that schools remain open despite winter weather in the area, please drive with caution, dress warm, allow for additional time during school arrival, and we encourage all students who walk to school to consider alternative arrangements, if necessary.
For information about Keller ISD's Severe Weather Dismissal policies and procedures, visit KellerISD.net/SevereWeather.