Monday, October 26, 2020

Carroll ISD Closed Tuesday, Feb. 24

weather alertUPDATE: Carroll ISD will be closed again Tuesday, Feb. 24 due to icy road conditions and icy parking lots and sidewalks.

All after school activities and evening meetings are canceled too. Stay tuned for updates throughout the day Tuesday regarding forecasts for Wednesday.

Carroll ISD has been monitoring the approaching winter weather and made a decision in the best interests of students and staff. Keep in mind that the district’s overall goal is to HAVE SCHOOL on scheduled instructional days. However, safety is a very serious matter and CISD considers a number of factors before making a final decision.

See below for an earlier posting for Dragon families:

The district monitors National Weather Service and local meteorologists forecasts. Among the items considered are the presence of snow, ice and sleet, road conditions, temperatures, the ability for staff who live outside our district to get to work, teen driver safety, HVAC and heating systems, sidewalk and parking lot conditions and whether or not neighboring school districts are having school.

Forecasts in Texas change rapidly and sometimes conditions improve by the time buses begin their routes. So a decision is often not made until the early morning hours before a school day. When at all possible, CISD does consider compelling facts in order to make the decision the night before. Because This has been a mild winter so far and CISD’s first major weather event is pending, officials wanted to remind staff, parents and students of the various ways CISD communicates a weather decision.

Officials will try to provide details about school closings or delays before 6 a.m. The following is a list of sources used to provide such announcements:

Emergency Notification System – Weather-related school closings and delays will be communicated to employees and parents via the district’s emergency telephone notification system (Connect-ED). The system can call the emergency contact numbers (up to six for each student and staff member) simultaneously. Staff and student information is updated nightly to ensure accurate communications. In addition to a phone call, staff and parents should receive an email message.

District Website & MySouthlakeNews.com, Social Media – Twitter is one of the first forms of communication for Carroll ISD. You can follow @Carrollisd for official alerts and notices using the hashtag #SAFEdragon. When the situation permits, the district will also post closings to the district’s website, Facebook page and MySouthlakeNews.com.

Radio & Television Announcements – Official announcements during inclement weather will still be made on WBAP News Talk 820 AM, KRLD 1080-AM and on KXAS Channel 5, KDFW Fox 4 News, KTVT Channel 11 and WFAA Channel 8. Parents and employees should use messages from the Connect-ED telephone notification system as the primary means for learning about weather-related closures and delays. The public can still turn to radio and television reports as a back-up or alternative way to confirm notification.

Sometimes, CISD opens on a delayed schedule due to bad weather. However, school is rarely dismissed early for bad weather conditions because of working parents and the safety concern with sending children home without adult supervision. CISD will make every attempt to broadly communicate weather-related decisions using the Connect-ED emergency telephone notification system and Dallas-Fort Worth media.

Carroll ISD builds two bad weather days into the school calendar. The days built into the calendar are Friday, April 3 and Friday, May 22. If CISD does not miss any school due to weather, these days will become school holidays. If CISD has to use one or two days, one or both of these days will become school days. Should the district exceed two days, CISD will seek a waiver from the Texas Education Agency for lost instructional days.

Stay tuned to this website and the CISD Twitter account for updates.