School closings because of winter while DISD returned to class Tuesday


On Monday, Dallas Independent School District (DISD) had announced that it will hold classes at the regular scheduled time on Tuesday, whereas some districts in the north made a decision to close or delay opening by two hours.

Denton, Carroll and Keller ISDs were closed on Tuesday. McKinney ISD and Fort Worth ISD were on two-hour delay for the day.

After two days off from work because of ice storm, when Dallas ISD central staffers returned to work on Tuesday, they heard some unwelcoming news, as according to DISD policy DEC (LOCAL), the Central staffers must make up the days off or use vacation days when school is canceled because of bad weather.

The twelfth largest school district in U.S has passed around this form for central staffers to deduct vacation days for missing work Friday and Monday.

District policy has passed the orders that the central office employees should compensate that time off, even though buildings and schools were closed Friday and Monday, either by working additional hours or deducting vacation days when school is canceled due to bad weather.

According to sources, after surveying school board policies in 10 other Dallas-Fort Worth districts, no other school district with similar policies like DISD was found. Dallas school teachers are not subject to these rules but must follow state law.

One of the DISD central office employee said in a statement made to one of the leading newspaper that “I also don’t understand why central staff would need to be treated differently from other professionals on a 226[-day] contract.”

According to latest news, Central staffers were asked to fill out a form on Monday, in order to deduct vacation days. Though, DISD policy might be rare in school districts, but it is to some extent common in businesses.