School buses in the fall.
Schools will open on Monday, but district officials will continue to monitor the storm. Credit: Larry Darling / FlickrCC

Local school districts have cancelled all weekend activities in anticipation of heavy rain and high winds caused by Hurricane Harvey that will make landfall near Corpus Christi Friday night or early Saturday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

School district officials said they will monitor weather conditions and confer on Sunday about whether to cancel classes on Monday, which is the first day of the 2017-18 school year for many. It’s possible that some schools could serve as emergency shelters should people fleeing from coastal areas, some of which are already experiencing flooding and high winds, need a place to stay.

Students attending area colleges should check their institution’s website and social media accounts for updates.

The following information from school districts will be updated throughout the weekend. All information is quoted directly from district communications with minor style and length edits.

North East ISD: All student activities have been cancelled for Saturday, Aug. 26, including SAT testing. The makeup date for the SAT is now scheduled for Sept. 16.

We will continue to monitor weather and road conditions. As of now, school will go on as planned for Monday, Aug. 28. However, any decisions regarding school on Monday will be posted here and on our website.

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Northside ISD: Due to the potential for severe weather this weekend, Northside ISD is cancelling all student events for Saturday, Aug. 26.  This cancellation includes a scheduled SAT administration at Brandeis High School on Saturday. The SAT will be rescheduled for Sep. 16.

Most events scheduled for today will be held as planned.

At this time, we plan to begin our school year as scheduled on Monday, Aug. 28. We will continue to monitor the weather closely throughout the weekend. Any decision that would impact the start of our school year will be communicated through our website, social media sites (Facebook and Twitter), our district mobile app, and through local media outlets.

San Antonio ISD: All school-related activities have been cancelled for Saturday due to the threat of severe weather. This includes but is not limited to: athletics, field trips, and a scheduled SAT administration at Brackenridge High School on Saturday.

Current plans are for all SAISD schools to be open Monday. We will be monitoring weather and road conditions through the weekend. Any decision to close would be posted here, on the website and through local media outlets – but current plans are to be open Monday with normal start times.

Check SAISD’s Facebook and Twitter.

Alamo Heights ISD: Alamo Heights ISD will be closely monitoring the weekend weather. Decision regarding school will be made by 6 a.m. Monday. We will continue to post updates. Please be safe.

Check AHISD’s website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Judson ISD: Judson ISD is monitoring the weather conditions in the Gulf of Mexico very closely and will bring you updates as conditions develop and we see which way Harvey will go. This storm is currently a Category 2 hurricane with winds in excess of 110 mph.

With expected landfall sometime early Saturday morning near Corpus Christi, many evacuees from the coast are arriving in the San Antonio area. That means some of the district facilities could be used to shelter evacuees from the coast and that could affect the start of school. JISD has not been tapped to do this yet, but we are mobilizing resources and personnel in case that happens. Be watching for updates on this website, social media (Facebook and Twitter), phone (210-945-5100) and email.

Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD: Out of an abundance of caution, SCUCISD is cancelling all student-related activities this weekend. All campuses and facilities will be closed during the weekend as well.

To assist district staff in preparation for the upcoming school year, professional staff will be allowed to work in the building Friday evening until 8 p.m. Campuses and district facilities will be open under normal operating hours today. Again, all district facilities will be closed this weekend.

At this time, SCUC plans to begin the school year on Monday, Aug. 28th. We encourage all principals and directors to arrive early on Monday to assist campuses with opening day campus operations.

Due to the unpredictability of the storm and its corresponding impact, Bexar County-area school district superintendents will be communicating throughout the weekend with emergency management officials and each other.

The district will announce a decision regarding Monday no later than 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Please monitor news reports on radio and television, our SCUCISD website or our social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It is recommended to monitor city websites for additional local and up-to-date information.

East Central ISD: All student related activities for this weekend have been canceled beginning tonight throughout the weekend. All ECISD facilities will be closed. The school district will continue to monitor weather conditions closely, but as of today, the beginning of the year will continue as planned on Monday, Aug. 28. If developments deem a change in that plan, notice will be given to the public as soon as that decision has been made. We ask that all families take the necessary precautions to remain safe this weekend and stay tuned to social media and our website for updates.

South San Antonio ISD: Our district is closely monitoring Hurricane Harvey and there are currently no school closures to report. We will provided an update before school Monday – be sure to check phones, the district website, and local news outlets for updates.

Check SSAISD’s Facebook and Twitter.

Southside ISD: SISD Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra and all Bexar County-area superintendents have been in communication and will continue to talk about the weather as it unfolds. In addition, we are also working closely with city and county leaders to have timely information to share with parents, students and staff.

That being said, here are some important notes to be aware of:

• “Meet the Teacher” night will be rescheduled. Our main reason right now is due to the high traffic coming into the city due to gulf coast evacuations. We want to make sure everyone is home safely.
• SAT testing in the Bexar County area has been cancelled for Saturday Aug. 26. We will be working closely with the College Board to establish a new testing day.
• SISD is prepped to serve as an emergency shelter if needed. We have not been initiated yet. If we are called to open as a shelter the “old gym” at SHS will be the location open to the public. We will have security and Red Cross along with other agencies as needed.
• If you have any banners or outdoor equipment or signage, please take it down because of the high winds expected.
• Monday, Aug. 28 is still scheduled as the first day of school. Bexar County-area superintendents and I will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday to discuss the need for delays and/or cancellations. We will communicate updates immediately following this meeting. As of today we will be open for business on Monday.
• Campuses will be closing at 2 p.m. on Friday. Central office will close at 3 p.m.
• As of now, teachers will be allowed to work tomorrow, but this may change.

Please monitor news reports on radio and television, our SISD website or our social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter. It is recommended to monitor city websites for additional local and up-to-date information. Also, the city is recommending you download the Ready South Texas mobile app.

Harlandale ISD: Harlandale ISD is cancelling all school-related activities for Saturday, Aug. 26. SAT testing originally scheduled for tomorrow has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16.

We will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and will provide updates as soon as any information changes. As of now, the first day of school will go on as planned for Monday, Aug. 28.

Be sure to check our social media (Facebook and Twitter) and our district website for updates.

Southwest ISD: All athletic events scheduled Friday from 6 p.m. or later have been cancelled. Also, any athletic events scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled. SWISD will work to reschedule. SWISD will be closely monitoring the weather conditions and will update everyone ASAP if weather does impact school on Monday. (Website, Facebook, and Twitter.)

Fort Sam Houston ISD: In light of impending inclement weather, and for the safety and welfare of our students and staff, Fort Sam Houston ISD will follow all normal early dismissal procedures for Friday, Aug. 25. Fort Sam Houston Elementary School students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. and Robert G. Cole Middle and High School students will be released at 1:30 p.m. All students will remain under the supervision of school staff until picked up by bus or by parents. Buses will transport students home beginning at the campus early dismissal times. All extracurricular activities for this weekend have been canceled. Fort Sam Houston ISD will maintain communication with parents and community members through this website and through social media (Facebook and Twitter).

Fort Sam Houston ISD has been in frequent communication with the commander and leadership team of Joint Base San Antonio regarding the impact and preparations of Hurricane Harvey. JBSA has made the decision that non-essential personnel will be dismissed at 12 noon Friday.

Edgewood ISD: All Edgewood events occurring Friday afternoon and evening have been cancelled due to the upcoming inclement weather. Athletic games are pending. Stay tuned for further information.

Check EISD’s website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Bekah McNeel is a native San Antonian. You can also find her at her blog,, on Twitter @BekahMcneel, and on Instagram @wanderbekah.