Keller district administrators were busy staging plans on multiple fronts in anticipation of a big winter storm Thursday afternoon and evening.
Just before 8 p.m., officials announced that schools would be closed on Friday. Earlier in the afternoon, activities for Thursday evening had been canceled. A community health fair set for Saturday in conjunction with Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance also was canceled. Organizers were unsure if the event would be rescheduled.
Administrators were monitoring weather and road conditions Thursday before making the decision to close, said Shellie Johnson, communications director.
Kevin Kinley, director of safety and security, said he would be talking with Keller and Fort Worth police about area conditions.
The final decision on the cancellation of classes fell to Superintendent Randy Reid who was also in communication with other area superintendents. As the sleet fell Thursday night and other area districts began to announce closings, Keller closed, too.
Preparations for the storm began Wednesday. District leaders over schools, bus transportation, fine arts, athletics, safety and communications met to discuss how to handle bad weather logistics.
Kinley said that, if needed, a team of staff members would drive roads in different sectors of the district to provide up-to-date information on conditions. Kinley also would have someone monitoring weather reports, temperature and precipitation forecasts.
Since school was canceled for Friday, all after-school activities were also canceled, but officials would wait on what to do about the many Saturday and Sunday events, Johnson said.
Central, Keller and Timber Creek high schools all have musical theatre performances set for Saturday through Monday (Thursday and Friday performances were canceled). Several of the high school drill teams have special events set for Saturday and/or Sunday as well.
Kinley said that his team would check road conditions and weather Friday night and Saturday night to determine whether other weekend activities should be held as scheduled.
Johnson said, “It’s challenging because there are so many activities, particularly this time of year. But our main priority is to keep students safe.”