AUSTIN (KXAN) — With the possibility of freezing temperatures and icy roads into Tuesday morning, area schools are releasing information on delays and/or closures. KXAN will add to these as they come in.
- Austin ISD — Two-hour delay. A modified breakfast will be offered at all AISD schools due to the delayed schedule.
- Bastrop ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Blanco ISD — Two-hour delay. BES will start at 9:55 a.m., BMS 10 a.m., and BHS at 10:05 a.m.
- Burnet CISD — Two-hour delay.
- Chaparral Star Academy — Classes canceled for the entire day.
- Concordia University — Two-hour delay.
- Del Valle ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Doss CCSD — Late start, school will begin at 10 a.m.
- Dripping Springs ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Eanes ISD — Two-hour delay. Child Development Centers at Barton Creek, Forest Trail and Valley View will start at 9 a.m.
- Elgin ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Fredericksburg ISD — Late start, school will begin at 10 a.m.
- Gateway College Preparatory School — Two-hour delay.
- Gateway Tech High School — Two-hour delay.
- Georgetown ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Harmony Public Schools — Two-hour delay, classes will begin at 10 a.m.
- Harper ISD — Two-hour delay. Pre-K students will not report to school.
- Hays CISD — Two-hour delay. All-day PPCD program for four-year-olds is also delayed two hours. Half-day PPCD program for three-year-olds is canceled.
- Hutto ISD — Two-hour delay.
- IDEA Public Schools — Two-hour delay.
- Johnson City ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Kingsland School — Two-hour delay.
- KIPP Texas Public Schools — Two-hour delay.
- Lago Vista ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Lake Travis ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Leander ISD — Delayed start. Elementary schools start at 9:45 a.m. Middle schools start at 10:55 a.m. High schools start at 10:40 a.m. Morning and Pre-K PSLP are canceled.
- Liberty Hill ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Llano ISD — Two-hour delay. No breakfast will be served.
- Lockhart ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Manor ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Marble Falls ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Mason ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Meridian World School — Two-hour delay.
- Pflugerville ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Regents School of Austin — Two-hour delay.
- Round Rock ISD — Two-hour delay. All before-school activities have been canceled. Start times for RRISD schools will be 9:40 a.m. for elementary schools; 10:20 a.m. for middle schools; 11:05 a.m. for high schools; and 9:40 a.m. for pre-K. ECSE AM will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. ECSE PM will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. First PEAR and APPLE session will be held at 11:30 a.m.
- San Marcos Academy — Two-hour delay.
- Smithville ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Texas School for the Deaf — Two-hour delay.
- Valor Public Schools — Two-hour delay.
- Wimberley ISD — Two-hour delay.
- Hays County government offices — Delayed start. Will open at 10 a.m.
- Williamson County offices (not Williamson County ISD) — Delayed start. Will open at 10 a.m.
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality — Delayed start. Will open at 10 a.m.
- San Marcos city offices — Delayed start. Will open at 10 a.m.
UT Austin and St. Edward’s University will operate on its normal schedules.
Monitoring the Conditions
There are a number of agencies checking the roads to make the best decision for drivers and families.
The Texas Department of Transportation has crews pre-treating roads as the conditions warrant.
The state department is distributing a “granular substance” which de-ices the streets and also acts as a pre-treatment in Mason County and bridges north of SH 45.
However, TxDOT officials believe the precipitation closer to downtown Austin will move out before the temperatures have a chance to freeze the roads.
“We’re not expecting ice to form on the roadways,” said Brad Wheelis, the spokesperson for TxDOT.
But even if there aren’t crews actively treating the roads, they still want drivers to be proactive. Bridges can be slick even with just light rain. They will also be the first to freeze over.
TxDOT officials said it takes three times the amount of space to stop when the road is slick.
“You need to drive slower,” Wheelis said. “We are monitoring the weather minute by minute and we will treat those roadways if necessary.”
School officials across Central Texas had to consider if they needed to delay or cancel classes Monday night.
Superintendents in the area had multiple conference calls throughout the night to share their decision making for their own district.
At the Austin Independent School District, school officials worked hand-in-hand with the Austin Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to make a decision by 3 a.m.
Mike Rios, the assistant director of transportation for AISD said crews began warming up the buses and fixing maintenance issues at 4:45 a.m.
“Everybody is up and alert and we are trying to be as proactive as possible to reduce the possibilities of collisions or problems,” Rios said.
At the Leander Independent School District, parents were notified via text, call and e-mail by no later than 5 a.m.
Corey Ryan, the chief communications officer for LISD, said the school gathers as much intel on the 200 square miles of roads where students reside within.
“Lots of people are involved in the decision-making process,” Ryan said. “We know families need to take actions as soon as possible. We ask parents to make the best decisions for their kids.”
Jenny LaCoste-Caputo with the Round Rock ISD said if there was no announcement by 10 p.m. Monday night, the transportation department would continue to travel the roads to have a notification ready by 6 a.m.
Parents will get an automatic phone call, text message and e-mail if a delay or cancellation is necessary.