District Closure: February 22-24, 2021

District Closure: February 22-24, 2021
02/21/2021
By: KISD
We remain in close communication with city leaders regarding the ongoing recovery efforts across our community but at this time Killeen ISD will remain closed through Wednesday, as a result of not having access to water needed for drinking, restrooms, cooking, and district-wide fire suppression systems.
 
At this time, we are assessing our ability to reopen campuses to students at the earliest on Thursday, February 25, 2021. We are focusing all efforts on supporting our community, repairing extensive damage to facilities, and preparing for reopening once adequate water supplies are re-established.
 
The reality of the situation is we do not have enough bottled water to support 30,000+ students and employees coming to campuses every day. We need the community to help us conserve water, identify and repair leaks and busted pipes, so we can build up the reserve necessary to support our community.
 
All employees will continue to be paid during the closure, and if contacted by their supervisor the expectation is for the employee to report to work as scheduled. The district will try to provide as much advanced notices as possible but during these uncertain times, they may be called to sites on extremely short notice. We will be communicating with employees as our facilities are ready for re-entry. We have made tremendous progress on these efforts over the weekend.
 
Since the initial weather closure on February 11, we have monitored campus power, network, and water outages. The first physical damage assessment team has been to all of the campuses to identify initial damage to include busted pipes, standing water, downed power lines and trees, network infrastructure, and water damage.  We have compiled the necessary information to determine the repairs and restoration needed, however as water is restored more issues may arise. The next survey team, Principals, Assistant Principals, Technology, and School Nutrition were allowed into campuses this morning to begin a room-by-room inspection.
 
A detailed report of all facility findings will be available later this afternoon on our website.  As a district, we are being deliberate in our recovery and re-entry efforts for the safety of everyone.
 
We are preparing 500 pre-packaged meals at 11 different campuses for our KISD community beginning Monday and for the duration of the closure. Meals will be available for pickup between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and will be free to all. The meals will need to be heated before they are eaten.

Locations: 
  • Cedar Valley Elementary School 
  • Early College High School (Fort Hood)
  • Harker Heights Elementary School 
  • Manor Middle School
  • Mountain View Elementary School
  • Palo Alto Middle School
  • Rancier Middle School 
  • Richard E. Cavazos Elementary School 
  • Smith Middle School
  • Trimmier Elementary School
  • West Ward Elementary School
For maps and address, please visit: www.killeenisd.org/meals 
 
We remain focused on the recovery of the entire community and we will work around the clock to reopen campuses so that as water is restored, we can safely open our doors.

Once again, all campuses will be closed for students Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. In-person and remote learners will not be required to engage during this time, but we would encourage them to log in and complete optional enrichment activities from their teachers if they are able to post. Our goal is to open all campuses on Thursday, February 25, 2021, if our water supply allows.
 
Please continue to take care of one another and work collaboratively as every household has been impacted in varying ways. By working together, we will expedite our overall recovery efforts.  
 
Please remain safe and we appreciate your continued patience.
 
Several KISD campuses were damaged as a result of extreme below-freezing temperatures. We have compiled a list of the initial findings at campuses as we work to recover and establish safe campuses for our students. The main concern is accessibility to water across the district.
 
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