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Some Schools Will Close or Switch to Virtual Learning Due to Winter Storm Damage

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Schools across North Texas are dealing with the same problems that many peoples' homes are: buildings went without power and pipes are broken. Now that the power is back on in many areas, schools are trying to figure out just how bad the damage truly is.

A comprehensive list of all districts with closings or delayed starts can be found here.

Dallas ISD

The Dallas Independent School District announced on Twitter that all classes will be canceled Monday and Tuesday as crews continue to survey the damage. All virtual learning classes are also canceled.

Dallas ISD is offering curbside meals on Monday. The meals will include breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack for two days. Click here for a map of pick-up locations and times.

Fort Worth ISD

Fort Worth ISD has also canceled all in-person and virtual learning classes on Monday and Tuesday, as crews work to fix broken pipes and bring virtual learning platforms back online.

The district says all employees should have received an email detailing who should and who should not report to work on Monday and Tuesday. But all students have Monday and Tuesday off.

The district is also distributing "meals to-go" for students Monday at 25 locations:

  • Amon Carter Riverside HS 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Trimble Tech HS 10 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Western Hills HS 9 - 10 a.m.
  • J.P. Elder MS 10 - 11 a.m.
  • William James MS 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
  • Morningside MS 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Rosemont MS 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Jacquet MS 8 - 9 a.m.
  • International Newcomers 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Como Montessori 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
  • Glencrest 6th 10:20 - 11:20 a.m.
  • McLean 6th 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
  • West Handley ES 8 - 10 a.m.
  • Daggett ES 8 - 9 a.m.
  • De Zavala ES 8 - 9:30 a.m.
  • East Handley ES 8 - 9 a.m.
  • Christene C. Moss ES 8 - 9 a.m.
  • A.M. Pate ES 8 - 9 a.m.
  • M.L. Phillips ES 7 - 9:30 a.m.
  • South Hills ES 8 - 9 a.m.
  • Washington Heights ES 8 - 9 a.m.
  • Westcreek ES 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Woodway ES 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Clifford Davis ES 8 - 9 a.m.

Arlington ISD

Arlington ISD has also canceled all classed and closed all school buildings on Monday and Tuesday. Virtual classes are expected to resume on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Garland ISD

Garland ISD announced on Twitter that it anticipates all classed to resume on Monday, Feb. 22.

Plano ISD

All but five Plano ISD schools will resume regular operations Monday.

Barksdale Elementary, Gulledge Elementary, Hickey Elementary, Sigler Elementary and Clark High will not be open for in-person learning Monday and will learn asynchronously.

Those schools experienced more significant damage and require additional time to address the issues, the district said.

More information is available at http://pisd.edu

Lewisville ISD

Lewisville ISD expects to resume classes as usual on Monday, Feb. 22.

Frisco ISD

Frisco ISD said "Our tentative plan at this time is for all students to participate in asynchronous virtual learning on Monday and Tuesday. It may be Wednesday before our elementary campuses are able to return to on-campus learning, and it could be March 1 for our secondary campuses. This plan is dependent on the restoration of our campuses and reliability of electricity and internet connectivity to our communities and campuses. FISD will share an update with you Sunday regarding the upcoming week."

Richardson ISD

Richardson ISD announced on Saturday that "Richardson High School, Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet and Math Science Technology Magnet will be closed for face-to-face instruction, and all students at those campuses will be virtual on Monday, Feb. 22. These campuses will contact parents directly to share specific schedule and Zoom information.

The district added, "the majority of Richardson ISD schools will reopen for both in-person and virtual learning on Monday, Feb. 22." The district also said "Please note that heating was significantly reduced in all RISD schools and buildings over the last week in an effort to minimize energy consumption. As a result, campus interiors have been very cold and are slowly warming. Temperatures in schools on Monday may be cooler than normal, and students are encouraged to dress for the possibility of cooler indoor temperatures as buildings return to normal."

Keller ISD

Keller ISD says all schools will be open on Monday, Feb. 22.

Mansfield ISD

Mansfield ISD announced on Twitter "MISD will be back to normal operating hours on Monday, Feb. 22."

Grand Prairie ISD

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD

The district announced on its website "Several facilities have experienced water line breaks and other damage. Our team is working tirelessly to make the repairs and we currently plan to open our schools and offices on Monday, February 22, for in-person learners and staff."

Denton ISD

Denton ISD had several buildings damaged during the winter storm and has announced several changes on its website.

While the majority of schools will open on time, the following schools will be closed, for both Face-to-Face and ConnectedLearning students, on Monday, Feb. 22 and Tuesday, Feb. 23:

  • Windle School for Young Children
  • Adkins Elementary
  • Borman Elementary
  • Nelson Elementary
  • Union Park Elementary
  • Strickland Middle School

Houston and Hodge Elementary schools will be closed only Monday, Feb. 22, and will resume classes for Face-to-Face and ConnectedLearning students on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Harpool Middle School, in Lantana, sustained significant water damage to the entire first floor when a fire suppression system flooded the building. Harpool will be closed, for both Face-to-Face and ConnectedLearning students, on Monday, Feb. 22, and Tuesday, Feb.23. All Harpool students will begin remote learning on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and remain learning virtually until Spring Break, or for a total of eight days, or until Friday, March 5.

McKinney ISD

"All MISD schools will resume their normal schedules on Monday, February 22," the district announced on its website.

Highland Park ISD

Students in Highland Park ISD will return to normal in-person and virtual instruction Monday, the district said.

The district added that University Park was still under a boil water notice and its schools in the city would take the "necessary precautions." It advised parents to send their students to school with extra drinking water.

Birdville ISD

"BISD will return to normal operations on Monday, Feb. 22. All offices and schools will open at their normal times, and school will resume for our face-to-face and online learners," the school announced on its website.

Northwest ISD

"We are going to turn Monday, February 22, into a district/campus workday, so all staff members can get back into their classrooms and workspaces to be ready to start In-Person Learning on Tuesday, February 23. The workday will count as a student holiday for all students, both In-Person and Remote Learners," the district announced on its website.

HEB ISD

"Our goal is for in person and online instruction to return on Monday, February 22, 2021. We will continue to evaluate all of our district facilities and monitor water usage restrictions. Should it become necessary to make changes to instructional plans for Monday, we will communicate that information to you tomorrow," The district posted on its website on Saturday.

Allen ISD

"our buildings are safe to open, and Allen ISD will resume all classes (both In-Person and At-Home) on Monday, February 22," the district posted on its website.

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD

"The decision has been made to transition all students to remote learning for Monday, February 22. It is understood that some families may have ongoing issues with internet connectivity; therefore, students will follow an asynchronous model to give them and teachers added flexibility throughout the school day," the district posted on its website.

Crowley ISD

"Crowley ISD is committed to reopening school buildings safely and as soon as possible. Our goal is to make an announcement regarding next week’s schedule by Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. to give us enough time to make the safest, best decision for our students, staff and community," the district posted on its website.

Rockwall ISD

"Rockwall ISD schools and support offices will reopen for in-person and remote learning on Monday, February 22. All schools will resume regular operations including bus transportation and student meals. We look forward to seeing our students and staff on Monday," the district posted on its website.

Grapevine Colleyville ISD

"With the exception of Heritage Middle School, which has been the most impacted campus, we will be able to continue with in-person and remote instruction as normal on Monday," the district posted on its website.

Coppell ISD

"Coppell ISD will be open for in person and virtual learning on Monday, Feb. 22, aside from Richard J. Lee Elementary. Due to winter weather damage to Lee Elementary, the school will be virtual learning," the district said on its website.

Burleson ISD

"Following an assessment of our schools and facilities, BISD will resume normal schedule for in-person and virtual learning beginning Monday, February 22," the district posted on its website.

Desoto ISD

Duncanville ISD

Duncanville ISD has announced that schools and offices will reopen Monday, Feb. 22 to students and staff.

According to Duncanville ISD, the decision comes after an extensive evaluation of schools and facilities.

Kennemer Middle and Fairmeadows Elementary schools were two of the buildings that saw the most damage due to frozen pipes and both required repairs, Duncanville ISD said.

The school district said that after a review by the Transportation Department, the Duncanville ISD bus fleet is ready to pick students up and take them home at the end of the day.

Nutrition Services teams are also prepared to serve meals to students, Duncanville ISD said.

Forney ISD

Classes for all students will be canceled on Monday, Feb. 22 so staff can participate in a workday. All onsite and virtual learning is expected to resume on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Cedar Hill ISD

"Barring no additional issues occur over the weekend, we are confident all buildings will be ready to welcome scholars and staff on Monday," the district posted on its website.

Waxahachie ISD

"We will reopen at the normal time on Monday, February 22."

Weatherford ISD

"We will resume the normal school schedule on Mon., Feb. 22 for in-person and virtual classes."

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