Austin, Bastrop, Pflugerville, Round Rock, and several other Central Texas Independent School Districts and universities closed down Friday, February 7th due to possible ice on roads.
After school closures due to inclement weather on January 24th and 28th, Austin ISD has reached the limit of its bad weather makeup days. There is a possibility that AISD campuses may not have to make up the latest cancellation later in the year, pending approval from the state Commissioner of Education.
“Our makeup days are Monday, February 17 and June 6th, which is after the last day of school,” Ms. Waugh affirmed. This Monday’s makeup day will be an A-Day, so students will have two A-days in a row. “The district has to appeal to the state before we know if we have to make up the school we missed last Friday, but that hasn’t happened yet. For now, we don’t have to make it up.”
The National Weather service issued a winter weather advisory February 6th for light freezing rain until 11am. There was only a slight chance that this rain would turn to ice, but Austin-area school districts were very cautious this time. Last week several districts didn’t cancel schools until roads got icy, and many students arrived to school before the district announced that school was cancelled for the day.
“Austin ISD is a huge district– it covers a large area and has to transport people from all over Austin,” said Ms. Waugh. “When they make a decision to postpone or cancel school they have to make that decision for everybody.” If it’s icy and unsafe for busses to drive in one part of Austin, then the district has to postpone schedules for the entire district. “Ultimately, it comes down to making sure all students can be safely transported to school.”