Bad Weather Procedures
When inclement weather is a possibility, Bastrop ISD district officials continually monitor weather conditions. The district takes several factors into consideration before making a decision to cancel school, delay school, or dismiss school early due to inclement weather. These primary factors include:
- The health, safety and welfare of students and staff
- The safe transport of students and staff to school
- The disruption caused when school starts late, dismisses early, or is closed
Cancellations, Delays, and Early Releases: How Decisions Are Made
If inclement weather hits the Bastrop ISD area, the Superintendent of Schools will make a decision to delay or cancel school. Below is the Bastrop ISD procedure for bad weather.
- At or before 4 a.m., staff from BISD’s Emergency Operations will deploy to assess weather conditions and roadway conditions. BISD Emergency Operations will work with the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management, Bastrop County and City of Bastrop law enforcement, as well as the National Weather Service.
- By 4:30 a.m., BISD Emergency Operations will visually inspect various areas across the district for icy, wet, or dry roads and monitor weather information resources.
- If roads are questionable, the Superintendent is contacted to discuss findings and recommendations.
- The Superintendent makes every effort to make a decision by 5 a.m. whether or not to delay or cancel school.
- Information about Bastrop ISD school delays or closures will be made through:
- The Bastrop ISD homepage: www.bisdtx.org
- BISD Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bastropisdtx
- BISD Twitter: @BastropISD
- BISD Instagram: Instagram.com/bastropisd
- Blackboard mass notification system: Make sure your contact information is updated through your Family Access account.
- Television Stations: KVUE, KXAN, KEYE, FOX 7 and TWC
- Newspapers (Online): The Bastrop Advertiser and Austin American-Statesman
- Radio Stations: KVET 98.1, KASE 101, The River 102.3, MAJIC 95.5, and KLBJ AM590/FM 93.7
In the event of a delayed start, please review the school hours for your child's campus. Ex: if the start time is 7:30 am on a normal school day, a two-hour delay would cause the school day to start at 9:30 am. A similar schedule can be assumed for bus transportation.
What if bad weather hits during school hours?
If weather conditions worsen during the day, a decision is made as soon as possible if an early release is needed to get students home safely. If weather conditions appear that they will resolve during the school day then students will be kept until regular dismissal time. If in the event of severe weather alerts, the District has decided to keep the schools open for the remainder of the day, any parent who insists on picking up their child will be allowed to do so without penalty.