What is Dallas ISD’s inclement weather policy?


Colder weather means that when precipitation falls, there is an increasing chance of snow or ice that could cause the closure of Dallas ISD schools. Find out how the decision to close schools is made by the district and how that decision is communicated to our families.

In the event of inclement weather, the decision to open or close schools will be made no later than 6 a.m. on the day in question and communicated as soon as possible to parents/guardians and staff in several ways:

  • The district will call local radio and television stations by 6 a.m. to inform them whether or not schools are to be open or closed. The stations will then broadcast this information to the public.
  • Automated phone calls stating whether schools are to be open or closed are made as soon as possible to parents and staff for whom the district has current phone numbers.
  • The information is posted on the district’s website at dallasisd.org.
  • A recorded message is placed on the district’s information line at (972) 925-3700 .

Once schools are open for the day, classes are held for the entire school day so as to not inconvenience working parents or disrupt the learning environment.

Classes will not be held if it is determined that buses are unable to operate safely; if electric service at schools is disrupted; or if natural gas to schools is curtailed.

The procedure for making the decision to close schools begins early in the morning when school personnel in each area of the city drive the streets near the neighborhood schools to check road conditions. Personnel confer with the weather bureau, police department, and gas and utility companies about forecasts, road conditions, and available energy for heating the buildings. The findings are reported to the superintendent of schools, who makes the final decision to open or close schools.

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