EAST TEXAS (KETK) – Due to severe weather and power outages, some East Texas schools have canceled class or planned for early release in response.
Big Sandy ISD
Due to no power at the main building, Big Sandy ISD will have a delayed start on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
“If your kids are on the bus we will bring them back home,” the district said. “If no one is at home we will take students to the high school gym where we do have power and hold them until arrangements can be made.”
UPDATE – Power has been restored and the district will have a 10 a.m. delayed start, according to officials.
The City of Winona is currently without power, according to officials and the district said if power is not restored by 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, school will be canceled for Tuesday and the buses will drop off students who are already there.
Union Hill ISD
Due to rainfall and the potential of flooded roads, Union Hill ISD said they have decided to dismiss school at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Buses will run at 1:45 p.m., and the superintendent said parents are able to pick up their students early if they feel it is necessary.
“At this time roads are beginning to pool standing water throughout the district,” Superintendent Dr. Troy Batts said. “Our buses will not travel through flooded areas. If the bus is unable to deliver your student home, they will be returned to school.”
School has also been delayed at the district for Tuesday, and will begin class at 10 a.m.
Rains ISD has canceled school and its Meet the Wildcat event for Monday citing flooding and impassible roads in the area.
Superintendent Jennifer Johnson released the following statement:
“What a blessing it is to have this much-needed rain! Unfortunately, the rate at which the rain has fallen has caused some problems in the district. We have roads and bridges flooded/washed out and the rain is expected to continue throughout the afternoon.
While its our plan to have school as normal tomorrow, we ask that you continue to monitor our website and social media pages throughout the day in case we must make adjustments to tomorrow’s start times. Please remember that the safety of our students, staff, and families is always our top priority.
Please stay in and stay safe today, Wildcats!”
Quitman ISD has decided to release school at 1 p.m. on Monday due to the threat of severe weather and flooding, according to the district.
Car riders may be picked up and buses will run at 1 p.m., but for safety reasons, the district said students will not be released from the bus if a parent or guardian is not home.
“If a parent or guardian is not at home the students will be returned to the Elementary School Campus and may be picked up in the front office,” the district said.
Fruitvale ISD has rearranged their pickup times to stagger student releases so they are able to stand under a covered spot while they wait for pickups.
“We need the rain, but it has covered some of our roadways and sidewalks here at school,” the district said. “We have made alternate arrangements for our littles to stay in their classes and have outside-of-classroom teachers come to them, lunches delivered to [the high school and pre-k] to keep them off sidewalks that have too much water etc.”
While they are rearranging pickup times and locations for some students, high school plans to stay the same and buses will run at the same times “but we are going to check roadways that are not passable early afternoon and call parents for pickup if we don’t think a bus can make it down the road for delivery of students.”
Junior High students will have early pickup in front of the high school at 3:15 p.m., and the district said the road behind the cafeteria is too overrun with water at this time.
Elementary students in pre-k through first grade will be picked up starting at 3 p.m. in their normal area. Students in second through fifth grade will come to that same area at 3:30 p.m. and will be picked up under the covered walk, according to the district.
“We will try to keep everyone as dry as possible by keeping them under the covered areas,” the district said. “It will be a little slow today with the weather, thank you for your patience.”
Wills Point ISD
Wills Point ISD is encouraging parents to come and pick up their students early if they are able on Monday, and buses will run at their regular dismissal time.
The district cited increasing flood and travel difficulties for the decision, and said “the safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance and we wish for everyone to make it home safely.”