The district considers the safety of our students and staff a top priority and will always respond first to the immediate emergency. After ensuring the safety of our students, our next priority will be communicating with parents. Parents may not receive an immediate communication while the district manages the actual emergency.
Winter Weather Procedures
Decatur ISD monitors the National Weather Service and local meteorologist forecasts before making decisions to close or delay school. Officials try to provide details about school closings to staff, students and parents before 6 a.m. Keep in mind that district buses begin their routes very early, but conditions change so rapidly in Texas that sometimes conditions and temperatures improve by the time buses begin their routes. So, the decision regarding the school schedule may not be made until the early morning hours before a school day. When at all possible, we attempt to make a decision the night before.
Factors considered before making a weather-related decision about school include:
Road conditions, temperatures
Presence of snow, ice, and sleet or high water
Teen driver safety
Sidewalk and parking lot conditions
Ability for staff who live outside our district to get to work
HVAC systems are operating
Surrounding school district decisions
Notification: Information about school closures will be posted simultaneously to our webpage and app live feed, facebook, twitter and also pushed out as an alert on our app. In addition a phone call, SMS text message and email will be sent to families.
Mobile Eagle App: You can download our free Decatur App by searching for Decatur ISD in the app store on your smartphone. Once the app is downloaded to your phone, you can change the settings and notifications to alert you when alerts come from Decatur ISD.
Key Communication Steps by Decatur ISD to announce weather alerts and school closures:
Respond first to emergency internally by communicating with staff and securing students
Call, Text, Email staff and parents via notification system
Post to social media feeds
Questions about district procedures may be directed to the Communications office by sending us an email.