Every effort will be made by Venus ISD to properly notify, in a timely fashion, of
any school closings, delay start times and/or early release due to bad weather. Bad
weather being such as ice, snow and/or excessive rain that could affect the road
conditions within the district.
The decision of any school closing and/or delay in start time, due to bad weather, will
be determined no later than 6am of that day. In the event of an early release due to
bad weather, all parents and/or guardians will be notified before the release of the
The notification will be posted on the Venus ISD website… www.venusisd.net. Also,
Venus ISD will notify NBC (Channel 5) News Station and CBS (Channel 11) News
Station. Most importantly, a phone call will be made to all parents/guardians by use
of the AlertNow Phone System.
Venus ISD Bad Weather Closing Procedures
The following information is provided to help parents understand how the district
determines whether or not to hold school on bad weather days and the notification
procedures which are in place.
The Superintendent and staff members advising him on the decision must consider
1) Road safety of students and staff and ability of school buses to travel safely
2) Whether natural gas supplies to heat the schools will be available.
(Occasionally, in very extreme circumstances, Atmos Gas could be forced to
curtail gas supplies to commercial customers to ensure that residential
customers can stay warm.)
3) Some young students may not have adult supervision during the day if school
4) Other students may not have a warm place to stay during the day.
Be assured that the decision to close school is a very important one and is made only
after thorough consideration.
It is strongly suggested that you always assume the school district will be operated as
normal unless you are notified otherwise.
The district’s procedure for closing schools is as follows:
We closely monitor weather reports on the major television and radio stations.
We are in contact with the police and sheriff’s department as needed.
We are in contact with neighboring school districts.
Administrative personnel begin driving roads and major arteries at approximately 4:00
a.m. to determine the degree of iciness and road safety.
At approximately 5:00 a.m., the Operations Manager will contact the Superintendent
to discuss the conditions throughout the district, with special emphasis on areas
traveled by school buses. At this time, the Superintendent will determine if more data
is needed before the decision is made whether or not to open school.
Student and staff safety on the roads is our major consideration.
If/when the Superintendent makes the decision to close schools, all notification
procedures are put into place between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m.
As noted above, school closing decisions are made between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. Should
the Superintendent determine that closing schools is the appropriate course of action,
the Operations Manager, Transportation Supervisor and Superintendent will
immediately begin alerting the media. VISD will NOT inform the media if we will NOT
If schools must be closed, the school day must be made up later in the year on one of
the dates designated as a “bad weather” day.
Other conditions such as heating capabilities may influence the decision.
Please do not call the schools, the Transportation Department, or the Venus
Administration Office. We will send notification out to you if school is delayed,
releasing early and/or closed.
Most schools and departments have only one or two phone lines. If schools are in
session and the weather is getting bad, it is important that we be able to keep them
open for emergencies. If it is still very early in the morning, it is unlikely that there are
staff members manning the telephones.
If the decision is made to close schools, the media (TV and radio) are the first people
we notify. You will get the most accurate and timely information from these sources.
Remember; always assume that school will operate as normal unless you are
specifically notified by an AlertNow phone call, posting on the website and or
notification from television and radio.