KILLEEN, Texas – The Killeen Independent School District will not have classes this Monday.
After cancelling classes all of this week due to the effects of the winter storm, Superintendent Dr. John Craft announced Friday that campuses were not ready for students and staff to return.
“We know that we have several issues across 27 of our facilities that are going to be significant,” Craft said. “That being said, we, at this point, are announcing that we will not be holding face to face instruction on Monday.”
The frigid temperatures have caused problems on the state’s roadways, power grid and in homes. The school district has experienced it firsthand.
“We know that we have numerous fire sprinkler suppression systems that have broken,” Craft said. “They have frozen and they have broken.”
The district has only planned to remain closed Monday, but does say they still need clearance before staff and students can return to campus.
“We have two teams ready to deploy to, one, assess and, further, inspect and prepare our campuses for a safe return,” Craft said.
Killeen ISD plans to offer grab-and-go lunches for students and is urging all staff to refrain from visiting their classrooms and schools before they are cleared.
Craft compared the situation to the old “Stone Soup” folk tale.
“If everyone rose together and everyone contributes to that soup, whether it be carrots, potatoes, water, or the pot itself, we’ll find that I think we’re gonna recover in a much more efficient and quicker fashion,” Craft said.
The school district hasn’t made it officials, but could make four early release days into full school days to make up for the ones lost this week.