Weather procedures

When severe weather strikes, Garland ISD follows standard procedures to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Find information about shelters in place, lockouts, early release and school cancelations below. For the most reliable updates, check the following district information channels:

  • GISD website –
  • Twitter – @gisdnews
  • GRS-TV – channels 98 and 99 on Time Warner Cable, and channels 42 and 43 on Verizon FiOS
  • Skylert – telephone notification system

Severe Weather

During thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash flooding, the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a Watch or Warning to notify people about potentially hazardous conditions. A Watch means the potential for severe weather exists, while a Warning means it is imminent or currently occurring.

If the NWS issues a Warning for GISD’s tri-cities during school hours, the district may choose to lockout campuses and shelter students and staff in place. This means that no one will be allowed to leave or enter the building until the NWS Warning expires. Please note that Warnings may be extended and GISD will release the most up-to-date information through its multiple information channels. Also remember that the district spans three cities and conditions can vary greatly. Decisions are made districtwide in the best interest of all students and staff.

During snow and ice, GISD continuously monitors weather reports and road conditions via the National Weather Service, the Texas Department of Transportation and local law enforcement agencies. District personnel also travel throughout Garland, Rowlett and Sachse to determine the safety of bus routes, parking lots, major intersections, etc. And, neighboring school districts are consulted.

Decisions to cancel are announced by 6 a.m. through GISD’s multiple information channels. Local media outlets are also notified, but the large number of public and private schools in the Metroplex can lead to delays.

The decision to close school is extremely important, made only after thorough consideration. Potential lack of child care, disruption to parents’ work schedules or staff members unable to commute are just three of the several factors taken into account.

Due to the district’s triple-staggered bus schedule, delayed openings are not traditionally utilized. Early dismissal is also a last resort as many bus drivers have part-time jobs and child care can pose a problem for working parents.

Bad Weather Makeup Days

Every year, Garland ISD designates two bad weather days on its school calendar. If the district closes during the winter season, those days are used to make up missed school and work. Please take both dates into consideration when planning activities.


GISD uses the Skylert telephone notification system to alert parents and employees of school closings and other important information. This critical communication tool can notify everyone within a matter of minutes. Contact information must be updated to receive Skylert notifications.


TV Stations

FOX - Channel 4
KXAS - Channel 5
WFAA - Channel 8
CBS - Channel 11
KDAF - Channel 33
GRS-TV Channel 98 & Channel 99 on Time Warner

Radio Stations

KAAM (770 AM)
KBFB (97.9 FM)
KCBI (90.9 FM)
KDGE (102.1 FM)
KDMX (102.9 FM)
KDXX (1480 AM / 106.7 FM)
KEGL (97.1 FM)
KERA (130 AM / 90.1 FM)
KESS (1270 AM)
KFJZ (870 AM)
KGGR (1040 AM)
KHCK (99.1 FM)
KHKS (106.1 FM)
KHVN (970 AM)
KHYI (95.3FM)
KKDA (104.5 FM)
KLIF (570 AM)
KLTY (94.1 FM)
KLUV (98.7 FM)
KMEO (96.7 FM)
KNON (89.3 FM)
KOAI (107.5 FM)
KPYK (1570 AM)
KRBV (100.3 FM)
KRLD (1080 AM)
KRNB (105.7 FM)
KRVA (1600 AM)
KSCS (96.3 FM)
KSKY (660 AM)
KTCK (1310 AM)
KTCU (88.7 FM)
KTPW (89.7 FM)
KTXQ (94.5 FM)
KVIL (103.7 FM)
KVTT (91.7 FM)
KXEZ (92.1 FM)
KYNG (105.3 FM)
KZMP (101.7 FM)
KZPS (92.5 FM)
WBAP (820 AM)
WRR (101.1 FM)

A Day or B Day?

How does your high school student know which day to prepare for upon returning to school after missing days at a block scheduled campus? The block schedule calendar is set at the beginning of the year and isn't altered when a day is missed due to bad weather.

For example, if the day missed was a B day, then students would return the next day to the regularly scheduled A day. The missed B day would be made up on one of the pre-designated "bad weather" days.