February 6, 2014
Caldwell ISD was forced to close its doors yesterday, February 6, 2014, due to the short burst of wintry mix formulating pockets of frozen precipitation on our bus routes and the immediate areas around our campuses elevating safety concerns for our drivers, staff and students.
Early Thursday morning when bus routes began, no precipitation had fallen in our area and road conditions were clear. As our drivers began picking up students, a quick band of snow flurries started scattering about. It was not until later that a quick concentrated band of sleet moved through the area making road conditions hazardous for our drivers. For the safety of our students and drivers, all buses were pulled and directed to move to warm school shelters immediately. An Alert Now announcement of a school delay was authorized. Although the falling precipitation moved out of our area quickly, the continued deterioration of our elevated driveways and entrances around schools became increasingly hazardous. As time approached for the buses to begin the routes again, conditions remained unsafe. Therefore, a decision had to be made to close for the day as noted in the updated Alert Now message. Students already at school were provided warm shelter and warm meals. Arrangements were made for getting students back to their homes.
Thursday's school closure is not expected to be made up at this time. The Texas Education Agency allows for an expedited waiver to be granted to school districts for any additional days missed after the regular two day bad weather stipulation.
We deeply extend our thanks and appreciation to all the parents and students for their understanding of the unusual extenuating circumstances surrounding the closure for yesterday. A special thanks is extended to our drivers, maintenance, cafeteria and all CISD staff who expeditiously aided the movement of children to warm shelter and provisional acts in providing a safe environment for the day.
Dr. J. Cummings