CENTRAL TEXAS (KXAN) — Some schools districts have made the decision to close ahead of possible wintry weather expected in the next couple of days. Others are also closing because of staff shortages due to COVID-19.
Here are the upcoming school closures that have been announced in the Central Texas area so far.
Blanco ISD said all classes have been canceled on Jan. 21 due to inclement weather. The district said the threat of icy road conditions and staff shortages led to the decision.
Classes will resume on Jan. 24, the district said.
Del Valle ISD
All Del Valle ISD schools and offices will be closed Friday. The district said it will be closing due to various reasons, including increased staff and student absences at multiple campuses, falling temperatures and student exposure at bus stops.
The district said it will reopen Monday.
Because of weather conditions and out of an abundance of caution, the Elgin Independent School District will close Friday.
In a letter, Granger Independent School District Superintendent Jeni Neatherlin said the school system will be closed Thursday and Friday. Drive-thru lunch will still be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The district said school is being canceled “for a multitude of reasons, staffing and student attendance, community spread and surge of both flu and COVID-19 in addition to potential weather hazards.”
School will pick back up Monday.
Lexington ISD said all schools and offices would be closed on Friday, Jan. 21 and Monday, Jan. 24 due to COVID-19. The district said during the closure, all classrooms and student areas will be deep cleaned and/or disinfected.
“The decision to close our schools is never an easy decision and is not made lightly,” the district said on its Facebook page. “It is our hope that this closure will allow time for teachers, staff and students to recover.”
Liberty Hill ISD
The Liberty Hill Independent School District will close Thursday and Friday due to “historic” staff shortages caused by COVID-19. The district hopes to resume normal operations Monday.
Pflugerville Independent School District schools and offices will be closed Friday and Monday, the district said in a letter.
School leaders said staff members are out with COVID-19, and those remaining can’t properly cover classes, saying “the staff shortage has overwhelmed the District to the point that this closure is necessary.” PfISD said it does have additional minutes built into its schedule to accommodate for closures, and it won’t have to use its weather makeup days.
“It is important to stress that this is not a break or holiday, and we encourage everyone to stay home as much as possible. Remember, the last extended break led to this current surge. Please do not use this time to plan a trip or spend extended periods of time with people outside of your usual circle,” the district said.
Regents School of Austin
The Regents School of Austin will have a two-hour delay Friday due to weather.
The Smithville Independent School District will be closed Friday due to staff shortages. Classes will pick back up Monday, Jan. 24 depending on staff numbers. Extracurriculars are not impacted by this closure.
KXAN will continue to update this story as more school closures are announced.