EducationEnergyMajor Texas School Districts Cancel In-Person, Virtual Instruction Through Friday

Other school districts canceled Wednesday instruction, but have not yet made decisions about the rest of the week.
February 17, 2021
After riding out dramatic changes of plans during the past two academic years brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, students in Texas are now facing an abrupt interruption of their education as the state experiences abnormally cold temperatures and an erratic power grid.

Houston Independent School District (HISD) has suspended operations through the end of the week.

“All HISD schools & offices to remain closed through Friday, [February 19],” the school district says on its website. “Staff will not report to work unless informed by a supervisor.”

Also in the Houston area, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD) painted a grim picture of the situation within its borders, saying people needed time to get their “personal lives in order.”

“CFISD will remain closed through Friday, [February 19] due to several schools with major water damage, continued widespread power outages, unreliable water service, total loss of food in at least a dozen campuses, and countless staff and community members dealing with broken pipes,” the district wrote on Facebook.

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Katy and Aldine Independent School Districts will also be closed through Friday.

Though closed on Wednesday, Fort Bend Independent School District has not yet announced plans for the remainder of the week.

In North Texas, Dallas Independent School District says on its website that the district will be closed through the end of Wednesday and that students will return to virtual learning on Thursday.

Fort Worth Independent School District said on its Facebook page on Wednesday morning that classes are canceled through Friday.

“Teachers and students will not be required to engage in remote synchronous instruction and all campuses will be closed for in-person instruction,” the school district wrote. “Exempt employees scheduled to work, will continue to work remotely as they are able. Non-exempt employees scheduled to work, will not report to work physically or remotely.”

San Antonio Independent School District is closed Wednesday, but on its Facebook page, the district detailed plans for meal distribution during the afternoon.

Also in the San Antonio area, Northside Independent School District is closed on Wednesday but has not yet announced plans for the remainder of the week.

Austin Independent School District said on its Facebook page that classes are cancelled through Thursday and Friday will be an “asynchronous learning day.”

Tyler Independent School District said on Twitter its schools are closed Wednesday and Thursday, but did not mention whether there will be virtual learning on Friday.

Decisions on school closures will continue to be made on a daily basis taking into consideration the latest information,said the district.

All updates are current as of the time of publishing and are subject to change.


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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."