Whenever severe weather is in the forecast, the district leadership follows an established process based on benchmarking best practices. Weather conditions outside this school district generally are not included in the decision-making process (i.e., a neighboring school district is closed) as conditions may not be the same.
For emergency closings and late starts, coordination starts as early as 4:30 a.m. of the applicable school day. Normally no later than 5 a.m., a recommendation is forwarded to the superintendent. If the superintendent elects to keep schools open, no public communications are made. If a decision is made to close schools, normally by 5:30 a.m. the news media are called, the ParentLink and Campus Messenger systems are activated and all websites, and social media outlets are updated.
We recognize that some parents/guardians would appreciate calls at different hours, but we do not have a system to accomplish such. Every attempt will be made to have the entire notification system initiated by 5:30 a.m. and completed by 6 a.m. Whenever news media has or is airing upcoming or current weather warnings, we recommend parents/guardians always check any of the different methods our district is or will use to communicate regarding school delayed starts or closings.
During the course of a school day, if the weather becomes a significant safety issue, district officials will consult with outside safety experts, Vision Transportation, schools and programs. Should a decision be made to have an early dismissal, the notification systems described above will be immediately implemented. Announcements normally are only made if a decision is made for a late start, early dismissal or closure.
It is important to note that the school district assumes legal responsibility for students once they arrive on school grounds or embark on a district contracted bus or transportation option. Parents and guardians are reminded that it is vitally important and their responsibility to ensure their student(s) are properly dressed for extreme weather conditions going to and coming from school.
If inclement weather forces ISD 728 to close, start late or dismiss early, one of the following announcements will be made using the media sources listed at the bottom of the page.
There may be times when adverse weather or an emergency will result in school delays, closings or early dismissals. The district will communicate with you using the following methods: