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The following information is provided to help parents understand how the district determines whether or not to hold school or delay opening school on bad weather days and the notification procedures which are in place. Please note that student and staff safety is our first priority. The decision to call off school is a very important one and is made only after thorough consideration.
Assume that school will open as usual.
  • Check with one of the following sources of information to obtain accurate information:
  • Major television stations including KDFW - Channel 4; KXAS - Channel 5; WFAA- Channel 8; KTVT - Channel 11, TXA 21
  • Major radio stations including KERA (90.1); KRLD (1080 AM); KLUV (103.7 FM); and WBAP (820 AM).
  • By 6:00 a.m., a voice mail recording at each school will announce if school is closed.
  • By approximately 6:00 a.m., at the district's main number, (972) 218-1400, a voice mail recording will announce whether school is closed or delayed.
  • Procedure for closing or delay
The existence of inclement weather, such as an accumulation of frozen precipitation on the roadways, may necessitate a delayed opening or cancellation of the school day. When there is a cause for concern about the weather, the Superintendent, Chief of Police and Director of Maintenance and Transportation will monitor weather conditions and act as follows:
  • No later than 4:30 A.M. the Superintendent, Chief of Police and the Director of Maintenance and Transportation will discuss the weather and its impact on the operation of the district.
  • LISD Police will report road conditions to Superintendent or Designee
  • After hearing the recommendations, the superintendent will make the decision on school operations for the day. That decision must be made no later than 5:30 A.M.
  • If the decision is to close the schools or delay their opening, that decision will be communicated to the Board President, Assistant Superintendents and Public Information Officer immediately.
  • The Public Information Officer will communicate to parents and students via radio, television and website.
  • The Transportation Supervisor will make the appropriate notifications and scheduling changes.
  • The Assistant Superintendent of Operations will communicate the decision to district administrators via the established phone tree.
  • The administrators will then notify their staff members.
  • The Transportation Supervisor will contact Dallas County Schools.
  • The Board President will contact the Board of Trustees.
If school is called off, the school day must be made up later in the year on one of the dates designated as a "snow or bad weather" day.
Other conditions such as heating capabilities may influence the decision.