Numerous school districts in and around San Antonio say they plan to close campuses and offices all day Jan. 20 as local weather forecasts call for a cold front to bring freezing temperatures, increasing winds and the potential for freezing precipitation.
Additionally, the city of San Antonio and Bexar County will have warming centers open on Jan. 20 for residents who not have heat in their homes or may experience any power outages.
North East and Northside independent school districts announced Jan. 19 that they both will not have facilities open Jan. 20, but that normal operations will resume on Jan. 21. Extracurricular activities scheduled for Jan. 20 are also canceled.
North East ISD officials , in a statement, said the school district continues to cope with staffing shortages and that because one-third of employees live across the North Side, many workers would be hard-pressed to safely travel to work in wintry weather.
“Due to staffing concerns and the fact that temperatures are expected to drop throughout the day, we believe this decision is in the best interests of our students and staff,” NEISD officials said.
Northside ISD officials said their closure decision is made out of caution and with safety of students and staff in mind.
“The latest forecasts are calling for weather conditions to potentially get worse throughout the day. We want to make sure individuals are not traveling in dangerous road conditions either on their way to or from school,” NISD officials said.
As of 6 p.m. Jan. 19, St. Philip’s College was canceling classes scheduled for Jan. 20, but employees and services will be virtual only all day. Essential personnel will be on-site, including police and information technology, and classes will resume at 10 a.m. Jan. 21, SPC officials said.
Meanwhile, San Antonio will have the following public warming shelters open from noon Jan. 20 to noon Jan. 21.
- Garza Community Center: 1450 Mira Vista
- Harlandale Community Center: 7227 Briar Place
- Hamilton Community Center, 10700 Nacogdoches Road
- Denver Heights Community Center, 300 Porter St.
City officials said transportation for people needing to get to a warming center is available by calling 311 and pets are welcome. Visitors are asked to follow COVID-19 mitigation plans by social distancing and wearing a mask where possible.
Bexar County, too, will have the following public warming centers open through noon Jan. 21. Snacks and bottled water will be provided.
- Emergency Service District No. 2, 2096 Talley Road
- Emergency Service District No. 3, 23103 Bulverde Road
- Emergency Service District No. 8, 20825 Babcock Road
- City of China Grove, 2456 FM 1516 S.
- Leon Valley Convention Center, 6427 Evers Road
- Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office, 9810 Southton Road
According to a statement from the city, the Texas Department of Transportation began pre-treating bridges and overpasses in Bexar, Kendall, Kerr and Comal counties at 9 a.m. Jan. 19 and such operations were continuing as of 6 p.m. Jan. 19 and scheduled to resume Jan. 20.