(Update Oct. 21 at 10:43 a.m.)
Dallas ISD school leaders are visiting campuses damaged by last night’s storms to assess damage to campuses. Based on the assessments, the district is developing a plan to begin repairs where possible and reassign students from seriously damaged schools to nearby campuses with the capacity to serve them. Currently, it appears that Thomas Jefferson High School, Edward H. Cary Middle School and Walnut Hill Elementary School—all in the northeast area of the district–sustained the most serious damage. Pershing Elementary School also sustained damage to a lesser degree.
Fourteen other schools were closed today due to lack of electricity to the campuses. The district is working with Oncor to restore power to those campuses, and preliminary plans are to reopen the campuses tomorrow pending restoration of electricity.
Due to the severe weather, a number of campuses sustained extensive damage. As a result, classes at the following schools will be cancelled Monday, October 21:
- David G. Burnet Elementary School
- George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Academy
- F.P. Caillet Elementary School
- Edward H. Cary Middle School
- Stephen C. Foster Elementary School
- Benjamin Franklin International Exploratory Academy
- Leonides Gonzalez Cigarroa Elementary School
- Victor H. Hexter Elementary School
- Hillcrest High School
- Arthur Kramer Elementary School
- José “Joe” May Elementary School
- Francisco “Pancho” Medrano Middle School
- John J. Pershing Elementary School
- Thelma Elizabeth Page Richardson Elementary School
- Franklin D. Roosevelt High School
- Julian T. Saldivar Elementary School
- South Oak Cliff High School at Village Fair
- Thomas Jefferson High School
- Mark Twain School for the Talented & Gifted
- Walnut Hill Elementary School
Staff at Cary, Cigarroa, TJ and Walnut Hill must report for work by 10 a.m at Thomas A. Edison Learning Center, 2940 Singleton Blvd. Staff at Pershing must report by 10 a.m. to the Dallas ISD Administration building, 9400 N. Central Expressway. Staff at Caillet, Dealey, Foster, Franklin, Hexter, Kramer, Joe May, Francisco Medrano, Thelma Page Richardson, Roosevelt, Twain, and SOC at Village Fair do not report to work today.
Transportation to school-choice and magnet campuses from the affected schools
Due to severe damage from last night’s storms, several schools will be closed today that could impact your bus route’s ability to operate. If you catch a bus from either of these schools to a magnet or choice school, your routes will not run Monday, Oct. 21: Thomas Jefferson High School, Cary Middle School, Walnut Hill, Pershing, Burnet and Cigarroa elementaries.
Please make alternate plans to get to school. We apologize for the inconvenience, and will continue to update you with new developments.