Inclement Weather

GCISD closely monitors weather and road conditions when inclement weather is in the forecast. In the event of bad weather, we must consider the safety of all students when making decisions about school closures. GCISD administrators work closely with local police, fire and emergency management experts and will determine school delays or cancellations based on the safety of all students district-wide.

If schools are to be closed for an entire day, that announcement will be made early that morning. Early release of classes already in session may be made if it appears that weather conditions are becoming worse and driving would be hazardous.*

GCISD uses multiple methods to notify parents of school delays and school closures: 

Emergency Notification System: If school is delayed or canceled due to a weather-related event, notices are sent directly to parents and employees by phone, email and text via the district's automated notification system. NOTE: Please be sure that your contact information is up-to-date in Skyward Family Access

To receive text messages, families should ensure their phone numbers are entered into Skyward.
District Website, Mobile App and Social Media: is the primary form of inclement weather communication for GCISD. The district will also post closings to the district's Facebook and Twitter accounts, and utilize the GCISD mobile app to send push notifications regarding weather-related events.

Local Television Stations: Look for coverage on local television stations including Fox 4, NBC 5, WFAA Channel 8, or CBS News Texas 11 for up-to-date information on school closings.

In a Severe Weather Event during school hours and activities, GCISD emergency management personnel may implement a Shelter protocol.

A reminder for parents: When emergency protocols are activated, parents should not come to the school. Doors may be locked and staff will be focused on the safety and accountability of all students. GCISD will provide parents with instructions on when and where to pick up students. Review our Student-Parent Reunification Method handout for more details.

It is the practice of GCISD to keep students at school once the school day has begun. Only in the most extreme cases, will the district consider the early release of students as this often presents many more safety concerns for children than benefits. Parents and guardians are not always available to receive their children after an early release. The district’s decision to dismiss earlier than normal is coordinated through all levels of the district so that students remain under supervision.