“The safety of our more than 68,000 students is a top priority,” said Dr. Brian Gottardy, Superintendent of Schools. “With North East being so large, weather conditions on one side of the district may not be as severe as another side, but the decision to close affects all schools in the district.”
A decision on whether to close the district will be made at or around 4 a.m. and then a “phone-tree” system will be used in which district employees, beginning with the administration, form a chain of calls to pass information to each other.
If the Superintendent decides it is in the best interest of the district to close, information will immediately be disseminated to parents and the community. The district will post information on its web site (http://www.neisd.net) and Facebook and Twitter pages. Local media will also be contacted, and a Parentlink message will be sent out district wide to all parents and employees.
“I strongly urge parents to watch local news, listen to radio reports and view the North East web site, as well as district social media to get up-to-date information,” stated Gottardy.
In the event of school closures, NEISD has two restricted makeup days. These severe weather makeup days are Feb. 17 and June 6.
The last time North East ISD closed its doors due to inclimate weather was in February 2011 due to icy road conditions.