Austin-area schools consider closures and monitor winter weather

Some school districts in central Texas posted on social media late Wednesday that they were monitoring the weather in case schedule changes were needed.

AUSTIN, Texas – Most of the KVUE viewing area is subject to a winter weather advisory until 6 a.m. Friday, with light winter precipitation possible throughout the day Thursday. Because of this possibility, some school districts in central Texas said they are monitoring the weather in case schedule changes need to be made.

Austin ISD said Wednesday evening that its offices and schools would operate on normal hours Thursday. The district said it will continue to monitor conditions closely and notify parents if there are any changes to extracurricular activities or events.

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Georgetown ISD also said Wednesday evening that it was monitoring weather conditions and did not expect any closures for Thursday. The district said that in the event schools are delayed or closed for any reason, including weather, GISD will communicate in a variety of ways.

Leander ISD said he planned to open school as usual on Thursday, but was monitoring the weather overnight. On Wednesday evening, Jarrell ISD issued a reminder to “stay warm and watch the roads in the morning”.

Hutto ISD said it would resume full operations on Thursday after campuses closed Monday through Wednesday. However, the district emergency operations team was monitoring the weather and consulting with the Williamson County Emergency Management Office and emergency responders.

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Taylor ISD said Wednesday afternoon that information he had received indicated roads in the area would be safe for travel and that he planned to hold classes as usual. Taylor ISD said it will continue to monitor the situation and if plans change, the district will announce any delays or closures by 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Granger ISD, however, announced Wednesday afternoon that it would be closed Thursday and Friday, with classes set to resume on Monday, January 24. The district did not say in its post whether the closures were due to weather or COVID-19.

Meanwhile, some other districts in central Texas announced closures this week due to staff shortages caused by COVID-19. Liberty Hill ISD said schools would be closed Thursday and Friday, with all campuses set to reopen and resume operations Monday. All Pflugerville ISD schools and offices will also be closed Friday and Monday.

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