From Enterprise Staff
To make up for closing school Tuesday due to inclement weather, Livingston ISD will make up that day on April 19.
“Dear Lion Country, we want to thank the district for the way that parents, students and staff handled the recent weather-related challenges that our district faced during the month of January,” Superintendent Dr. Brent E. Hawkins said Friday.
“Our district encompasses over 300 square miles, and that alone presents challenges when our Texas weather reaches extreme changes. Obviously, what may be safe decisions in one area of our district may not affect the rest of the district. It is always imperative that parents make the best decision for their students. Our district will continue to approach weather-related issues with common sense while respecting all state laws and guidelines.
“On Wednesday, our district attendance was 90.6%, and on Thursday, the district attendance was 95.6%. The district is reminded that opening our doors is not only an opportunity for students to transform their lives but also because we serve a high population of socioeconomically disadvantaged students, feeding students is a motivating factor,” Hawkins said.
“The delayed starts incurred this week will not have to be made up. However, Tuesday, Jan. 16 will be required to be made up by students and staff. We will use the designated “Bad Weather Day” of Friday, April 19 as indicated on the LISD 2023-2024 School Calendar.
“The district would also like to thank Polk County Emergency Management and our local law enforcement partners who provided me with road status as I also drove the district roads to assess the status of roads firsthand,” Hawkins said.
“And a special acknowledgment goes to our transportation department. Not only do they travel over 4,000 miles each school day, picking up and delivering a daily average of 2,400 students, but doing so in harsh Texas weather is beyond commendable,” Hawkins said.