Leander ISD students will not have to make up the four days of classes canceled due to the winter storm that shut down schools Jan. 31-Feb. 2, after the LISD board of trustees approved waivers from the Texas Education Agency on Feb. 23.

For the 2022-23 school calendar, LISD built in additional minutes to account for at least two bad weather days or missed school days. The TEA also allows districts to request a waiver for missed days, removing LISD’s last two canceled school days from the state’s average daily attendance calculations.

Cleanup efforts at 21 LISD campuses have been completed. Superintendent Bruce Gearing said the district still has a few more campuses where downed tree limbs are being removed and expects the work to be finished in a week.

“We have one tree at Mason [Elementary] that still is needing to be taken care of,” he said. “They have agreed that they’re going to cut it up and use the big pieces as outdoor classroom stumps for kids to sit on, so something good is coming out of some of this.”

Meanwhile, the district has added two additional community forums to discuss attendance rezoning for middle school and high school levels. In December, the board approved a charter to rezone campuses in order to provide relief for schools reaching capacity, and to allow LISD to defer the timing of future school construction.

The forums will take place at Cedar Park Middle School on March 21 and at Glenn High School on March 27, both starting at 6:30 p.m.