Winter Weather

Winter Weather Update
Posted on 02/12/2021
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February 21 update
9 a.m.

Jarrell ISD has assessed building conditions and released the following learning plan for February 22-26.


February 19 update
1:30 p.m.

Dear Cougar Family,

I hope that you and your family are warm and safe. What a week!

After all of the rain, ice, snow, and frigid temperatures (all in one week), we are finally expected to warm up to above freezing AND see the sun today!

Today, the Jarrell ISD leadership team is meeting, and we are investigating:

  • Community well-being
  • Water access and quality
  • The integrity of cafeteria supplies and access to food
    Building plumbing

We understand many of us may be experiencing similar issues in our homes over the coming days. If you need assistance, resources include: Jarrell ISD Counseling Hotline: 817-382-1374; 211; County outreach/warming center 512-864-8277; Bluebonnet Trails Telehealth 844-309-6385.

  • We are taking all of these factors into consideration while we make a determination about whether we will have in-person or remote school on Monday, February 22.
  • At this time, no decision has been made. We will communicate information about school as soon as we are able to make informed decisions.
  • Extracurricular activities are being scheduled (and rescheduled). UIL is requiring that basketball games be played as soon as possible. Please check here for the most current schedule.

History will record this event with pictures and tales of the great winter storm that took over Texas. I’m hopeful they will also record the stories of how people came together to help one another. Our community has many such stories and that’s where Jarrell ISD truly shines. We are a community of helpers. I close with shout-outs to a few of our helpers:

  • Tim Copeland and our maintenance team. These guys worked around the clock this week to support and serve our district.
  • The City of Jarrell, Police Chief Denny, and Williamson County officials for continually serving our community. They are appreciated!
  • We opened Igo Elementary as a warming center for stranded motorists on 35. Although it wasn’t used, we are grateful to have had the opportunity to help others.
  • Many of you opened your homes to friends and neighbors who were without power or water this week. Others in Jarrell offered up food (someone is even baking homemade bread to share), water, even baby formula to those who were in need. We see you, and we thank you.

If someone helped you this week, please take a moment to thank them again. Our community is strong and tightly woven, and you make me proud to be a Jarrell Cougar.

With gratitude,
Toni Hicks

February 17 

Athletics Update

Please see the updated schedule for athletic events impacted by the severe weather.

10:30 a.m.

Greetings Cougar Family,

Jarrell ISD administrators joined other school districts on a conference call this morning with Williamson County leaders and a representative from the National Weather Service regarding the weather conditions.

Weather forecasts indicate a 20% chance of a light dusting of snow on Thursday with temperatures remaining below freezing. Friday morning will be very cold as well, although they expect temperatures to rise into the 40s by the afternoon. Road conditions are expected to remain icy through Friday. Many in our county are reporting a continued loss of power, heating, and, in some cases, water.

Taking all of these factors into consideration, we believe the Cougar Family needs to focus on everyone’s health and well-being for the next few days.

  • Jarrell ISD is canceling in-person and remote learning for all students and staff for the remainder of the week. There will be no school on Friday.
  • Jarrell ISD has also postponed the meeting of the Board of Trustees that was scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, February 17.

Please take care of yourself and check on your friends and neighbors. The strength of our community is our people who have rallied together to help one another during this tough time. Thank you to the parents and community members who have reached out to offer assistance, made us aware of damage to the exterior of our buildings, and pulled together to share food and resources. Together we will get through this.

We also want to thank our local police, fire department, city officials, and Williamson County for their communication and continued support. We value their partnership, especially during this historic winter storm.

With you,
Toni Hicks

Athletics Update

UIL shared that with wintery conditions delaying basketball games, UIL will be extending certification deadlines. Once we know more about when travel conditions will improve, UIL will communicate extensions to facilitate girls basketball playoff rounds and the completion of boys basketball district play. There are no plans for determining playoff round winners via coin toss. We will release a plan that allows for games to be played once more information is available related to the weather.

February 16
10:11 a.m.

Jarrell ISD administrators participated in an emergency weather call with county officials and emergency management teams this morning. Additional participation is expected and freezing temperatures will likely continue through Thursday. Thankfully, officials shared that by the weekend temperatures should be closer to normal.

Based on this latest information, Jarrell ISD is extending its school closure through Thursday, February 18. There will be no in-person or remote learning on February 17 or 18.

Officials are still assessing the situation to determine the best course of action for Friday, February 19. No final decision has been made at this time.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our community informed. We know this has been a very difficult few days, and we thank you for your continued support.
Please stay safe, stay warm and stay home.

February 15
5 p.m.

This historic storm is not proving to lessen in the coming days. Forecasters are calling for a windchill of -2 to -6 at sunrise and additional freezing rain late tomorrow. The safety of our community, students, and staff remains the priority and we have created a plan for the next few days to encourage families to stay home and stay safe:

  • February 16 is a student holiday/professional development day for Jarrell ISD. Teachers and staff are planning and working remotely.
  • Classes are canceled in Jarrell ISD for all students and staff for February 17 due to road conditions and power issues. There will be no in-person or remote learning.
  • Officials are still assessing the situation to determine the best course of action for Thursday, February 18 and Friday, February 19. No final decision has been made at this time.

You may wonder if we are required to add additional days to our calendar due to the cancellations. Fortunately, the Texas Education Agency announced this morning that waivers will be available to districts to support students and families during this historic storm. Because of the waivers, days missed this week will not be required to be made up later in the year.

Many in our community are without power and heating. We recognize the situation for our community is very difficult. Williamson County is continuing to ask entities and individuals to conserve energy over the coming days. We sincerely appreciate the emergency responders who are continuing to serve our community in these conditions.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our community informed. Thank you for your continued support and patience. Please stay safe, stay warm and stay home.

Cougar proud,
Jarrell ISD

February 14
5:35 p.m.
Jarrell ISD officials are continuing to monitor the severe weather conditions impacting Central Texas.

Williamson County is asking entities and individuals to conserve energy over the coming days. In response to this request, Jarrell ISD has adjusted thermostat settings to lower temperatures at all facilities without damaging infrastructure.

If you need assistance, the Williamson County mobile outreach/warming center may be reached at 512-864-8277. Icy road conditions continue to be dangerous. Please exercise extreme caution if you have to travel. Many thanks to our emergency responders who have been working around the clock for our community.

We will continue to provide our community updates about the severe weather as it becomes available.

February 13

9:35 a.m.
The boys basketball game vs. Lake Belton is postponed due to road conditions. 

9:28 a.m.
The boys basketball game vs. Gateway has also been postponed due to road conditions. 
Stay warm and stay safe!

9:20 a.m.
The girls basketball game vs. Giddings that was scheduled for today has been postponed due to icy road conditions reported in Rockdale.
Officials are examining options for the boys game and will report that information as soon as it is available.
Stay tuned.

February 12
9 p.m.

Jarrell ISD is continuing to monitor weather conditions. Leaders have been meeting to develop plans to ensure students and staff are safe and warm over the coming days. Tentative School Schedule:

February 15 - Student/Staff Holiday (Staff who are scheduled to work will report from home remotely).

February 16 - Student Holiday/Staff Development Day If conditions do not improve, staff are preparing for a day of remote planning on February 16.
February 17 - Presently, we are scheduled for a regular school day on Wednesday. However pending weather conditions, Jarrell ISD may need to make this a 100% remote asynchronous instruction day for all students. In this event, elementary teachers will contact all students/families through phone calls. Secondary students will be contacted through email and Google Classroom.

Jarrell ISD will provide additional communication to our community as we assess conditions.
Thank you for your continued support.

February 11
5:37 p.m.

After consulting with county and local officials late this afternoon, Jarrell ISD is cancelling school for tomorrow, Feb. 12. Temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing.

We will continue to monitor weather conditions over the coming days and keep you informed if there are further impacts on school operations.

1:55 p.m.

Following a coordinated call with county and local officials, Jarrell ISD will continue a normal schedule for today. Schools will dismiss at the regular times. Temperatures are predicted to warm up above freezing this afternoon, and we believe that our students and staff are safest to remain on campus until road conditions improve for safe passage. Please be patient as bus services may be delayed this afternoon.

All district facilities are closing today at 5 p.m. All after-school activities for today are canceled.

We will continue to monitor weather conditions over the coming hours and days and keep you informed of any impact on school operations.

10:03 a.m.

At this time, conditions are expected to improve later today. The district has a scheduled phone call with local weather officials later this morning to gather more information.

9:40 a.m.

Jarrell ISD is closely monitoring the weather. If district operations are impacted due to inclement weather, parents/guardians and staff will be contacted by automated emails, phone calls and text messages. The district website (, Twitter (@Jarrell_ISD) and Facebook pages will also be updated.

If you are a parent/guardian or staff member and you wish to receive emergency text messages from JISD, text "Y" to 67587.

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