With an arctic blast moving into the Dallas-Fort Worth region the night of Jan. 14, families in Keller and Northwest ISDs should prepare for potential school closings next week.

The details

National Weather Service Fort Worth posted on its X, formerly known as Twitter, feed that exceptionally cold weather will follow behind a strong arctic cold front set to arrive late Jan. 13 and 14, and that residents should plan for temperatures to fall to near 10 degrees or less both Jan. 14 and 15 at night.

NWS Fort Worth also stated that there’s a slight chance of freezing rain, sleet or snow Jan. 14 and 15.

While Jan. 15 is a school holiday for students and staff in both districts, there are several ways to get real-time information regarding weather-related closures and delayed openings.

What you need to know

Keller ISD officials maintain a winter weather policy webpage. It states that the official notice for Keller ISD school closings or delays will first be posted to the district’s website, where a pop-up alert will appear on the homepage.

Other platforms to get weather-related information for the district include:
  • Email notification: Emails will be sent to all Keller ISD families, staff, and students.
  • Keller ISD mobile app: Anyone who has downloaded the Keller ISD mobile app will receive a push notification to their mobile device.
  • Social media: Keller ISD officials will also post information regarding closures or delay to the district’s Facebook, Instagram and X accounts.
According to the district’s winter weather webpage, Keller ISD does not recommend that residents attempt to call the district or an individual campus unless there is an emergency. The superintendent must make the decision to close schools by 5:30 a.m. or earlier on the day of the closing or delay.

Bryce Nieman, Keller ISD chief communications officer, said that no decisions have been made about closing schools or pushing back start times at the time of this article’s publication.

“Any decisions about Tuesday would be made sometime before 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday,” Nieman said.

In Northwest ISD, Executive Director of Communications Anthony Tosie said that decisions whether to cancel or delay school are typically made the day before or the day of a school closure.

“If inclement weather is expected the day of school, we make every effort to communicate that by 5 a.m. that school day,” Tosie said. “When inclement weather occurs the night before a school day, we attempt to decide whether to cancel or delay school by 9:30 p.m.”

Tosie said that families and staff will receive multiple forms of communication if schools are closed or delayed, all sent via the district’s ParentSquare communications tool, including:
  • An email message
  • Text message
  • App notification
  • Phone call
Tosie said that Northwest ISD also posts closure information on the district’s website and social media channels.