School districts continue with staggered closing schedules
02/06/2014 12:01 PM
02/06/2014 12:13 PM
Many Northeast area school districts continue with staggered dismissal schedules this afternoon, while others have called it a day.
Westlake Academy began dismissing students at noon and officials have decided that school will be closed tomorrow, said Ginger Awtry, Westlake Director of Communications.
Grapevine Colleyville school district elementary campuses were released at the regular time of 2:45 p.m. to ensure parents had time to arrange for supervision and to allow time to complete the middle school routes and ensure all students got home safely.
High schools began releasing students at 1 p.m. on a staggered schedule, with buses leaving first. Police assisted during dismissal to help drivers remain safe.
At middle schools, buses left at 2 p.m. with non-bus students being released at 2:15 p.m.
Parents of all students were encouraged to pick up their child at any time so that staff members also could get home safely.
All after-school and evening activities were canceled for Thursday.
“The safety of our students and staff is the primary driver in our decisions about closing or delaying school," said Megan Overman, district communications director. “The deteriorating conditions on Thursday led to our decision to release our high school and middle school students early.
Carroll ISD made the decision to have an early release for teen drivers at 12:30 p.m. and grades 5-12 dismissed at 1 p.m. and elementary at 2:15 p.m.
Earlier today Keller School District officials cancelled all after-school activities.
“There have not been any decisions about dismissing early. Based on communication so far with our Transportation Department and city officials, we believe students are safest at school right now,” said Bryce Neiman of the KISD Communications Department.
The Northwest school district began dismissing elementary school students at 1:30 p.m. and high schools will be released at 2:45 p.m. and middle schools will follow at 3:30 p.m.
All Northwest ISD after school activities were cancelled because of the inclement weather conditions.
The cancellation of after-school activities and programs pushed back by one day the opening of Northwest High School's production of Bye Bye Birdie.
Assistant City Manager Jennifer Hibbs said there were no departmental closures. However the Community Activities Center, the Grapevine Public Library and the Senior Activities Center closed by 5 p.m. Thursday. All three will open on Friday at 10 a.m.
“We got more snow than the dusting we were expecting,” Hibbs said.
No city games were scheduled for Thursday night, but city league practices that were scheduled in schools were canceled as were all school activities Thursday night.
City Communications Specialist Rachel Reynolds said Keller does not expect any departmental closures today.
“The city and its facilities expect to remain open for normal hours today,” Reynolds said.
According to the Keller Police Twitter account, garbage and recycling trucks will not pick up at some homes Thursday because of road conditions.
The trucks will reach Trail Ridge, Jackson Road, Oak Drive and Monarch Hill Ct. homes Friday for pick up.
Reynolds said the reason for the changed date was because large garbage trucks could not safely gain access to those roads, but residents could still get in and out of the neighborhoods.
The city plans to close its municipal and court offices at 3 p.m. and will re-open at 10 a.m. Friday. Cases that fit outside of that time frame, including jury pools scheduled at 9 a.m. will be rescheduled, according to a release issued by the city.
The city will continue to sand roads and encourages residents to avoid driving if possible. The city is also expecting delayed trash pick up on Friday, which would be completed on Saturday if necessary.
The city canceled all parks and recreation events.
Trophy Club municipal offices closed Thursday because of the winter weather and remained closed the remainder of the day, according to April Reiling, town spokeswoman.
The town's closing led to the cancellation of the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The next P&Z meeting will be on Feb. 20. The PD-30 public hearing scheduled for the canceled Feb. 6 meeting will be postponed until the Feb. 20 meeting.
Reiling also announced that the Fire Station is open to residents facing gas pressure issues or other problems due to freezing temperatures. Reiling said Atmos was experiencing Metroplex-wide issues with gas pressure early Thursday.
—Staff writer Taylor Prater, Mark Wright and Marty Sabota contributed to this report.
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