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Schools closed through February 3

Schools Closed February 3

Out of an abundance of caution, Northwest ISD schools and facilities will remain closed Friday, February 3, and classes are canceled as many residential and county roads remain unsafe for travel.

While major highways in the district have been treated and driven to improve road conditions, many Northwest ISD residential and county roads remain icy and dangerous. With temperatures in the 20s overnight, some roads and bridges are likely to refreeze before the morning commute. The district considered a delayed start at noon, but we cannot be certain road conditions will adequately improve by that time to safely run bus routes or allow a safe commute for families, student drivers and staff.

Because road conditions are expected to improve Friday afternoon and temperatures will increase, after-school activities will be allowed to resume. We strongly encourage anyone taking part in these activities to continue to exhibit safe driving practices, as ice patches could still exist in areas such as bridges, underpasses and roads covered by shade.

We look forward to seeing students when classes resume on Monday, February 6.

Schools Closed February 2

All Northwest ISD schools and facilities will remain closed Thursday, February 2, and classes are canceled as a result of continued inclement weather and poor road conditions. All school events and activities for the day continue to be canceled or will be rescheduled.
 
The district plans to make a decision whether to hold classes on February 3 by 5 p.m. Thursday. When classes resume, event leaders will update families on any rescheduled plans for events that were canceled or delayed during the winter weather closure. District leaders are coordinating with other school districts to create plans for events that involve non-NISD schools, such as UIL competitions.
 
For more information about inclement weather and school closings procedures, please read these frequently asked questions.

Schools Closed February 1

All Northwest ISD schools and facilities will remain closed Wednesday, February 1, and classes are canceled as a result of continued inclement weather and poor road conditions. All after-school events and activities continue to be canceled or will be rescheduled.

The district plans to make a decision whether to hold classes on February 2 by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Northwest ISD will continue to alert families of any further weather-related updates through direct communication. When classes resume, event leaders will update families on any rescheduled plans for events that were canceled or delayed during the winter weather closure. District leaders are coordinating with other school districts to create plans for events that involve non-NISD schools, such as UIL competitions.

For more information about inclement weather and school closings procedures, please read these frequently asked questions.

Schools Closed January 31

All Northwest ISD schools and facilities will be closed Tuesday, January 31, and classes are canceled as a result of incoming inclement weather. Additionally, all afternoon activities are canceled or rescheduled.

For any event that is canceled or delayed, event supervisors or schools will inform families of new plans once they are finalized. Northwest ISD will continue to monitor the weather and directly alert families if further schedule changes are necessary. The district plans to make a decision on whether to hold classes on February 1 by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The district does not anticipate having to add additional days to the school year as enough instructional minutes are built into our academic calendar to account for up to two bad-weather days. For more information about inclement weather and school closings procedures, please read these frequently asked questions.

Schools Closed January 30

Because of worsening weather conditions and temperatures that dropped below weather service forecasts, Northwest ISD will now close all schools and facilities today, January 30, and all classes are canceled. While the district anticipated having classes, these conditions continued to worsen.

From the time we started busing this morning, road conditions have rapidly deteriorated. At 4:45 a.m., roads were drivable before the conditions significantly worsened during this morning's commute. We apologize for the late notice of today’s cancelation and will work to safely return all bus riders home.

Northwest ISD will continue to monitor the weather and directly alert families this week if further schedule changes are necessary.

The district does not anticipate having to add additional days to the school year as enough instructional minutes are built into our academic calendar to account for up to two bad-weather days. For more information about inclement weather and school closings procedures, please read these frequently asked questions.

Reminder of weather procedures

Northwest ISD continuously monitors weather conditions for the potential impact on our regular school days. We will monitor these conditions closely when forecasts indicate possible bad weather, and we always caution students and families to drive safely regardless of weather.

As we enter a period of the school year where inclement weather affecting the school day becomes more possible, we'd like to remind families of our procedures for inclement weather and potential school closings. One of the most important aspects of this process is that if no announcement is made, schools are operating on their regular schedules. Northwest ISD will make every effort to communicate any closure by 5 a.m. that school day. If schools close, communication would arrive in a variety of methods, such as through ParentSquare, a phone call, social media and the district website.

District transportation and maintenance staff personally drive roads across all major areas of Northwest ISD to monitor conditions, as safe roadways are the most important aspect of inclement weather decisions. Additionally, district leaders meet with the regional weather-response services for their guidance. To reiterate, if no announcement is made, schools will proceed on their regular schedules. In other words, plan for school unless you hear otherwise directly from the district, as we will directly let you know of any change to normal operations.

For more information about inclement weather and school closings procedures, please read these frequently asked questions.

Attendance boundaries for 2023-2024 approved

Following school board approval on January 23, Northwest ISD has finalized 2023-2024 attendance boundaries that will best balance the student populations at schools across the district during a period of unprecedented growth.

With the approval, boundaries have been set for three new schools – Carter and Daniel elementary schools, and Worthington Middle School – and adjusted at other areas facing tremendous student enrollment growth. The boundary approval includes changes made thanks to community feedback provided both electronically and at four rezoning meetings throughout January.

Final 2023-2024 attendance boundary maps by campus level are as follows:

  • 2023-2024 Elementary School Attendance Boundaries
    With the opening of Carter and Daniel elementary schools, Carter will provide relief for Haslet and Sendera Ranch, while Daniel will relieve Lance Thompson and Justin. Additionally, to better balance campus levels, the attendance zones of Sendera Ranch and Thompson have been updated.
  • 2023-2024 Middle School Attendance Boundaries
    With the opening of Worthington Middle School, this new campus will relieve Adams and Wilson. Additionally, Chisholm Trail and Medlin will provide relief for Pike.
  • 2023-2024 High School Attendance Boundaries
    Because of tremendous growth in the Eaton High School zone, Northwest will relieve Eaton, while Byron Nelson will provide relief by taking in a smaller portion of Northwest’s current boundaries to best balance high school enrollment numbers.

Students affected by rezoning and entering the final grade-level year at their campus will have the option to stay at their current campus, if desired, along with all current high school students. This means the following students will have the option to stay at their current school:

  • Students entering 5th grade next year are eligible to remain at their current elementary school.
  • Students entering 8th grade next year are eligible to remain at their current middle school.
  • Students entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade next year are eligible to remain at their current high school. Students who choose this option can remain at their current high school through graduation, as long as they remain in good standing.

Students who choose to remain at their current school will not receive district-provided transportation (except in cases of SPED accommodations), and younger siblings will not be eligible to remain. Northwest ISD will email these families a link to submit a transfer, open from February 1 to 15, to remain at their current school. All other transfer applications will be accepted from April 1 to May 15.

Once records are available for which students intend to remain at their current schools, families of students moving to new schools can expect communication providing an opportunity to get to know their new campuses.

As the fastest-growing school district in North Texas, Northwest ISD anticipates enrollment growth of about 1,900 students per year in the coming years. Attendance boundary adjustments are necessary to create enrollment zones for new campuses as well as balance enrollment at existing campuses to maintain safe and effective learning environments.

Watch community message from Superintendent Dr. Mark Foust

Northwest ISD named District of Distinction by art association

Northwest ISD has been named a 2022 District of Distinction by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA), an honor given to Texas school districts that advocate for and integrate visual arts curriculum in their schools.

Only 59 districts across Texas received recognition from more than 1,200 eligible, indicating NISD is among the top four percent in the state. The district will be honored at the TAEA Administration & Supervision Division meeting and General Session during the TAEA Fall Conference General Assembly on Friday, November 10, 2022.

Northwest ISD’s visual arts program engages learners of all ages in art education. The district’s students are taught by certified art educators at each grade level. All Texas schools are required to teach art, but Northwest ISD makes it a priority, said Rebecca O’Donovan, director of fine arts.

“Northwest ISD believes that the visual arts are a vital component to our curriculum,” said O’Donovan. “They reinforce creative thinking, problem solving and self-expression.”

TAEA, the leading advocate for visual arts in the state, asked districts to share projects highlighting student involvement in visual arts advocacy, community service, field experiences and district art exhibitions. This is the fourth year that TAEA presented District of Distinction awards.

“More students are enrolled in art than in any other fine arts program in NISD,” O’Donovan said. “As our art program has grown in popularity, we have added new courses like Digital Art and Animation to meet the enrollment interest.”

NISD showcased more than 1,000 pieces of art at the district’s 23rd annual art show in April. The pieces were entered by elementary and secondary students from across the district’s 31 campuses. The projects utilized various techniques and mediums — including clay and ceramics fired on campus in kilns — to allow students to find their artistic voices.

“Our teachers work so incredibly hard to build our students up and give them the best experiences possible,” O’Donovan said. “This honor is a testament to our teachers and what they do every day.”