District details next steps for schools impacted by Sunday’s storm

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Updated Oct. 22: The following schools will remain closed today, Tuesday, Oct. 22: Dealey Montessori, Franklin Middle School, Hillcrest High School, Kramer Elementary School, Joe May Elementary School, Medrano Middle School, Cigarroa Elementary School, Burnet Elementary School, Pershing Elementary School, Jefferson High School, Cary Middle School, Walnut Hill Elementary School.

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Dallas ISD officials spent today assessing the damage caused by Sunday night’s storm that caused 20 schools to close on Monday.

Of those schools, these six have power restored and are expected to open on Tuesday, Oct. 22:

  • Victor Hexter Elementary School
  • Thelma Richardson Elementary School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Mark Twain School for the Talented and Gifted
  • South Oak Cliff high School at Village Fair
  • John Ireland Elementary School

A decision will be made by 4 a.m., Tuesday Oct. 22, on whether or not the following campuses, that had power outages, will reopen based on information from Oncor:

  • Caillet Elementary School
  • Dealey Montessori
  • Foster Elementary School
  • Franklin Middle School
  • Hillcrest High School
  • Kramer Elementary School
  • Joe May Elementary School
  • Francisco Medrano Middle School
  • Saldivar Elementary School

Significantly damaged schools requiring relocation

Six Dallas ISD campuses located between I-35 and North Central Expressway were more seriously damaged. Parents whose children attend magnet or other choice schools who board buses at these most impacted schools should make alternative plans for transportation for the next few days.

The schools and planned actions for the students and staff at these most damaged schools are:

  • Edward H. Cary Middle School will be closed indefinitely, and students and teachers are being assigned to Benjamin Franklin Middle School and Francisco Medrano Middle School starting Wednesday, Oct. 23
  • Thomas Jefferson High School will be closed indefinitely, and students and teachers will be reassigned to Thomas Edison, 2940 Singleton Blvd., starting Wednesday, Oct. 23
  • Walnut Hill Elementary School will be closed indefinitely, and students and teachers are being assigned to Tom Field Elementary, 2151 Royal Lane, on Wednesday, Oct. 23

The three other schools suffered less extensive damage but are still being assessed. The district is planning a temporary relocation for these schools to the Alfred Loos Field House starting Wednesday, Oct. 23. The current expectation is for the kids to return to their home campus on Monday, Oct. 28.

  • David Burnet Elementary School
  • Leonides Cigarroa Elementary
  • John J. Peshing Elementary School

Community members who want to make donations to Dallas ISD families impacted by the storm can donate gift cards to Dallas ISD Partnership Services. The donations will be distributed to families for their use in purchasing essential items. For more information, call Partnership Services at 972-925-3448.

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