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The following information is provided to help parents understand how the district determines whether or not to hold school on bad weather days and the notification procedures that are in place. Please note that student and staff safety is our first priority. The decision to call off school is a very important one and is made only after thorough consideration.

Assume that school will open as usual.

Check with one of the following sources to obtain accurate information:

  • Major television stations including KDFW - Channel 4; KXAS - Channel 5; WFAA- Channel 8; KTVT - Channel 11, UPN 21; KDAF- WB33, News - Channel 33; and Channel 99, Time Warner Cable (PISD Station).
  • Major radio stations including KERA (90.1); KRLD (1080 AM); KVIL (103.7 FM); and WBAP (820 AM).
  • By 6:00 a.m., a voice mail recording at each school will announce if school is closed.
  • By approximately 6:00 a.m., at the district's main number, (469) 752-8100, a voice mail recording will announce whether school is closed or delayed.

Notification of Students and Parentsthree friends

The Plano ISD communications department will notify parents and students of school closures and other weather-related information using the following communication tools:

  • Local news media: Plano ISD will make information available to local television and radio stations and will enlist their assistance in communicating with our audiences.
  • Plano ISD website: District emergency messages and updates will be posted in real time on the Plano ISD home page.
  • Social media – Facebook and Twitter: Messages will be posted immediately to Plano ISD’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You do not have to sign up for Facebook or Twitter to view these pages; however, followers will receive instant updates in their newsfeeds.
  • Plano ISD TV Channel: Emergency messages and updates will be posted in real time on channel 33 (Verizon FIOS) and channel 99 (Time Warner Cable).

Procedure for Closing Schools

The existence of inclement weather, such as an accumulation of frozen precipitation on the roadways, may result in the cancellation of the school day. When there is a cause for concern about the weather, the associate superintendent for district services, the associate superintendent for campus services and the executive director for safety and security services will monitor weather conditions and act as follows:

  • Discussions will begin no later than 3:30 A.M. regarding the weather and its impact on the operation of the district.
  • The associate superintendent for district services will determine the need for a meeting to consider school operations for the day. If such a meeting is needed, the associate superintendent will notify the superintendent of schools no later than 4:00 A.M.
  • The superintendent, associate superintendent for district services, associate superintendent for campus services and the executive director for safety and security services will meet at the administration building or will confer remotely no later than 4:30 A.M. to discuss the issue.
  • The above listed individuals will discuss and decide the need to have the district safety and security specialists and/or contract law enforcement officers drive assigned areas of the district in order to assess of the road conditions. The decision to conduct such roadway assessments will be made in time for results to be completed and reported to the executive director for safety and security services no later than 5:30 A.M.
  • After hearing the recommendations, the superintendent will make the decision on school operations for the day. This decision must ordinarily be made no later than 5:45 A.M.
  • The decision to close schools will be communicated to the assistant superintendent for government, community and planning initiatives, the director for telecommunications and the transportation director immediately.
  • A representative of the communications department will notify parents and students of the the decision to close school via the Plano ISD website, social media and the Plano ISD television channel. The communications department will also notify local television and radio channels.
  • The transportation director will make the appropriate notifications and scheduling changes.
  • The associate superintendent for campus services will communicate the decision to district and campus administrators via the Phone Messenger voice mail system. Administrators will then notify their staff members.

If school is called off, the school day must be made up later in the year on one of the dates designated as a "snow or bad weather" day.

Other conditions such as heating capabilities may influence the decision.