Here are some frequently asked questions to help parents and the community better understand the district’s inclement weather communication methods.
Q. How does MWISD’s automated calling system work?
During inclement weather (such as delays or cancellations due to icy conditions), the School Messenger system will attempt to call phone numbers for both primary and secondary contacts. If applicable, School Messenger may also call the contact number for a third party, if they are marked to receive correspondence.
If district officials mark the call as an “emergency” then ALL contact phone numbers for a student will be called with the same message. This would include a parent’s home, work, cell or any phone numbers they have listed.
Q. Is the district using other forms of communication to let families know if bad weather will disrupt school?
A. Yes. The automated phone call system is just ONE method MWISD uses to inform parents. Parents should not rely solely on this method. They are advised to also check TV, radio and the MWISD website for information.
Q. If I know bad weather is expected in our area, what should I do?
A. Because weather updates can happen rapidly and to avoid miscommunication, please check the MWISD website. MWISD campus sites are linked back to the district site. As we know, weather forecasting is an inexact science and weather predictions do not always materialize as forecasted.
Q. How do I find out if my child’s after-school activity has been canceled?
A. For campus related information, such as revised class/bell schedules please check the specific campus website. Individual sponsors may also be notifying students.
Q. If school is delayed due to weather, what happens to Pre-K?
A. If MWISD starts school later in the day due to bad weather; there will be no morning Pre-K offered that day.
Q. Will school be closed today?
A. When the threat or condition of extreme weather exists, Mineral Wells ISD officials will keep in close contact with the Mineral Wells TXDOT office. District officials will begin checking roads early in order to determine if school will be held as scheduled. Most decisions regarding school closure or a late start will be made by 6:00 am, due to early bus routes.
Our Transportation Director and MWISD personnel will be out in the early morning hours in order to make a recommendation by 6:00 am to the superintendent about whether or not road conditions will allow our students and staff to safely travel between school and home.
When inclement weather conditions exist, parents are advised to listen for announcements regarding school schedules on local radio or television stations as well as to check the Mineral Wells ISD website.
Q. What happens with the bus schedules if school is delayed?
A. Once the decision is made to delay the opening of school, buses will run on a similarly delayed schedule. For example, if the school start time is delayed two hours, students will need to be at their bus stop two hours later than their regular time.
In the event the decision is made to delay the opening of school, District officials will continue to monitor road and weather conditions. If conditions do not improve, the District may ultimately decide to cancel school for the day. The decision to close schools in lieu of starting late will be made as early as possible so parents can make appropriate plans for their children. Parents should continue to monitor media outlets and the District website in these situations. The District will also utilize its automated notification system.
Q. What about after school and evening activities?
A. If school has been cancelled for the day, the assumption is that there will not be any after-school or evening activities unless otherwise communicated. If conditions improve greatly and any activity is scheduled with another district, the activity potentially could go on as scheduled. If conditions deteriorate during the day or the threat of inclement weather becomes more likely, the District may modify or cancel after-school and evening activity schedules. Changes in after school or evening activities will be posted on the District website as soon as information becomes available.
Note: Mineral Wells ISD does not typically release school early due to the threat of weather. We encourage daily attendance by all students for optimum learning.
Q. Are there bad weather make-up days?
A. Mineral Wells ISD School Calendar reserves two bad weather make-up days as required by law. If no school days are lost to bad weather, these dates will be used as holidays.