Schools close due to weather

HARLINGEN — “Slip slidin’ away. Slip slidin’ away…”

That’s exactly what Valley school districts don’t want parents, their children and school buses to be doing this morning.

That’s why Harlingen, San Benito and several other Valley school districts are closed today.

Bad weather in itself doesn’t close the schools. But this time it’s a little different, said Shane Strubhart, spokesperson for the Harlingen school district.

“They’re predicting ice on the roads right about the time parents are dropping off students, plus our buses are rolling about that time,” Strubhart said. “That’s what’s different from other inclement weather we’ve had in the past.”

School district officials spoke yesterday morning with meteorologist Barry Goldsmith of the National Weather Service. Goldsmith told them the roads would begin icing over Tuesday night and would continue until this morning.

“We decided rather than take a chance, for safety reasons let’s go ahead and close the schools,” Strubhart said.

For updated information on school closures and scheduling, check the district’s website at


San Benito CISD says it will close all campuses today because of the cold weather and the potential for hazardous driving conditions.

The district says all San Benito campuses, departments and offices will be closed. The district plans to resume all normal operations Thursday.


Los Fresnos CISD says after discussion with the Cameron County Division of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service that the district has decided it will hold classes today and tomorrow. The district says the schools will be warmer than homes for a large portion of students.


The Diocese of Brownsville says all Catholic schools in the Valley will be closed today due to the weather.


The charter school says both the Brownsville and Harlingen campuses will be closed today. Tutoring, student council and Girl Scout meetings have been cancelled for today. Classes will resume tomorrow.


The La Feria school district has cancelled classes for today. Students will return to school tomorrow.


The Rio Hondo ISD superintendent says classes will be closed for students today, but district staff will be working beginning at 10 a.m. Classes will resume for everyone tomorrow.


TSTC closed the Harlingen campus beginning at 3 p.m. yesterday and will remain closed today. All day and evening classes are cancelled. TSTC will reopen for business tomorrow.