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Fort Worth, Arlington among districts canceling Friday classes

Arlington, Fort Worth, Birdville, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw, Keller and Mansfield schools are among those who have canceled school on Friday, officials have said.

School started on time at area schools on Thursday, but as weather conditions worsened, administrators began to halt classes and canceled athletic practices, games and after school activities.

University of Texas at Arlington announced at 2:25 p.m. that the campus would close at 3 p.m.

School districts kept parents abreast on the changing weather conditions on their Web sites, using telephone notification services and social networking updates including Twitter feeds.

Meanwhile, campuses in Arlington, Birdville and Mansfield school districts reported power outages on Thursday.

Electrical service was lost at Birdville’s Haltom Middle School early Thursday. It was restored only to be lost later on. Students were relocated to the Thomas Coliseum where staffers waited with them until they were picked up by parents, said Birdville spokesman Mark Thomas.

Here are weather-related plans at several area school districts. Check Web sites for updates.

Aledo: Closed Thursday.www.aledo.k12.tx.us/aisdweb/index.htm

Arlington: After-school activities canceled Thursday. Classes canceled Friday.www.aisd.net

Azle: Azle canceled all evening events Thursday and said there would be no classes on Friday.www.azleisd.net

Birdville: All after-school and evening activities canceled Thursday. Friday classes are canceled.www.birdville.k12.tx.us/

Burleson: Afternoon and evening activities canceled.www.burlesonisd.net/home/?q=bisd/bisd/

Castleberry: Schools will close at 1 p.m. School officials pointed out that school attendance averaged 78 percent today, despite the weather conditions.www.castleberryisd.net/

Carroll: Carroll closed schools early Thursday and canceled classes on Friday. www.southlakecarroll.edu

Cleburne: Students will be released at 1 p.m. Delayed start at 10 a.m. on Friday.www.cleburne.k12.tx.us/

Crowley:After-school activities canceled Thursday; no classes on Friday.www.crowley.k12.tx.us/

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw: Afternoon pre-K classes canceled; all evening events and meetings events canceled. All classes canceled Friday.www.emsisd.com/emsisd/site/default.asp

Fort Worth: After school activities for students and adults are canceled. Friday's classes canceled.www.fwisd.org

Grapevine-Colleyville: Grapevine-Colleyville schools is releasing high school and middle school students early today due to deteriorating weather conditions. High school students will be released at 12.45 p.m. and middle school students will be released at 2 p.m. Elementary students will be released at their regular 2:45 p.m. to make sure that parents have time to arrange for supervision. On Friday, GCISD will have a two-hour delayed start. After-school and evening activities, practices, rehearsals and games canceled. Target evening classes canceled. KidzU after school care closes at 5 p.m.www.gcisd-k12.org/gcisd/site/default.asp

HEB: Classes canceled Friday.www.hebisd.edu

Keller: Keller school district campuses closed early Thursday. Classes are canceled on Friday. Afternoon athletics canceled. School board meeting Thursday canceled.www.kellerisd.net/Pages/default.aspx

Kennedale:After-school activities canceled.www.kennedale.net/kennedale/site/default.asp

Lake Worth: Classes canceled on Friday. www.lake-worth.k12.tx.us/lakeworth/site/default.asp

Mansfield:After-school athletic and extracurricular activities canceled Thursday. Friday classes canceled.www.mansfieldisd.org

Northwest: Schools released early Thursday. No classes on Friday.www.nisdtx.org/northwest/site/default.asp

Southwest Christian School: Will dismiss high school and elementary school students at 1 p.m., and middle school students at 1:30 p.m. Southwest Christian School's prep and elementary campuses were planning on being closed Friday, according to a text message sent to parents.www.southwestchristian.org/

Tarrant County College: Campuses and offices will close at 3 p.m. Thursday. Plans are to open at noon on Friday.www.tccd.edu

Texas Christian University: Closed on Friday. www.tcu.edu/

Texas Wesleyan University: Closed early Thursday. No classes on Friday.www.txwesleyan.edu/

University of North Texas: Closed early Thursday. No classes on Friday.www.unt.edu/

University of Texas at Arlington: Closed on Friday. www.uta.edu/uta

Weatherford: Classes canceled Friday.www.weatherfordisd.com/joomla/

Westlake Academy: Closed early Thursday. No classes on Friday.www.westlakeacademy.org

White Settlement: Closed early Thursday. Classes canceled on Friday.www.wsisd.com/wsisd/site/default.asp

Check back for more updates.

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