Early Thursday afternoon Cleburne ISD announced that it would remain closed Friday. With that announcement, all Johnson County school districts will be closed.
All districts across the county have been closed the entire week, as residents face inclement weather, dangerous driving conditions, rolling blackouts and other issues because of Winter Storm Uri.
The Texas Education Agency issued a waiver to allow districts to provide virtual learning in preparation of the storm, but that has been a challenge because of the power outages at many of the students and teachers’ homes.
It is unclear at this point if this will effect the instructional minutes for the school year. Some districts, like Grandview ISD, have sufficient instructional minutes built into their school calendar that they will not have to be made up later in the year.
Others plan to apply for a waiver from TEA to cover the days.
“Cleburne ISD is looking into all possibilities in pursuing allowable waivers through the Texas Education Agency to avoid any extension to the school year,” said Dr. Chris Jackson, assistant superintendent of research, data and school improvement. “We will be presenting to trustees the options available to us at Monday’s school board meeting.”
Rio Vista ISD also plans to apply for the waiver, Superintendent Jaylynn Cauthen said.
“We will have to do the waiver, but we have a 180 day calendar for the additional days school year so we will have to figure out how to make them up,” she said.
Keene Superintendent Ricky Stephens said though they have enough days built in their calendar to cover it, this week would about deplete them.
“In such a crazy year, where we planned so much for COVID, we don’t miss any days to COVID but an entire week to a snow storm,” he said. “Craziness.”