Weather procedures

When bad weather breaks, rely on Garland ISD for information.

Thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash flooding

During these types of bad weather, the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a Watch or Warning. A Watch means it is possible, while a Warning means it is confirmed or currently happening.

Warnings for Garland, Rowlett or Sachse during school hours may cause a Lockout and Shelter in Place. This means no one enters or exits campuses until the NWS Warning expires. Since conditions can vary across the district, decisions are made in the best interest of all students and staff.

Snow and ice

Decisions to cancel are announced on the website, Twitter, GRS-TV and Skylert by 6 a.m. Local news stations may take longer to report it. Before canceling, we:

  • check the NWS, Texas Department of Transportation and local law enforcement agencies
  • drive around Garland, Rowlett and Sachse to determine the safety of bus routes, parking lots, major intersections, etc.
  • talk to neighboring school districts

Other considerations include:

  • child care
  • parents’ work schedules
  • staff who live outside the district

Early dismissal is also an option, but is used as a last resort. Delayed openings are not used because of the district’s triple-staggered bus schedule.

Bad Weather Makeup Days

Every year, we designate at least one bad weather day on our school calendar. If the district closes during the winter season, this day is used to make up missed school and work. Please take this date 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.

A Day or B Day?

The block schedule calendar is set at the beginning of the year and is not 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.