The Texas Education Agency provides a number of resources for school districts affected by extreme weather, natural disasters, or man-made disasters. These resources, including the Statewide Education Notification System (SENS), school closure and reopening forms, state waiver applications, and information for students displaced by disaster, are summarized below.
3/3/2014 - It may be March but icy weather conditions have returned to Texas. Hundreds of districts in the northern half of Texas are closed today and conditions are likely to last another day. For a list of schools affected by the arctic front, visit TEA's list of current school closings.
The Statewide Education Notification System (SENS) is an information delivery system that provides critical and time-sensitive information from TEA to Education Service Centers (ESCs), school districts, charter schools and others organizations through a variety of communication channels such as email, phone, voice-mail, and pagers. The SENS page contains instructions on using the system, SENS account information and login access, and links to external safety resource websites.
SENS accounts are reserved for ESC executive directors, superintendents, and other organizations specifically identified by the TEA. You must obtain permission from your ESC executive director, superintendent, or the TEA before requesting an account.
If you already have a SENS account, you can log into Communicator!NXT here.
Districts that must close due to hurricanes, snow, flu, or other disasters should use our online forms (links below) to let TEA know about closures and subsequent reopenings. Data from these form is used to keep the public informed about which schools have closed and when, the number of students and staff affected, and when these schools will reopen. TEA maintains information both on current school closings and historical closings dating back to 2008.
School Pre-Closure Form
District officials should fill out the pre-closure form when a district or campus will close due to a hurricane or weather related event.
School Re-opening Form
District officials should use the reopening form to notify TEA when a district or campus reopens after a hurricane or weather related event.
State Waiver Applications
Districts with low attendance or missed instructional days due to a hurricane or other weather-related incident may apply for these expedited waivers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Visit Dealing With Disaster: Frequently Asked Questions for information about education services available to students who are displaced by a disaster.
Center for Safe Communities & Schools (CSCS)
CSCS serves as a central location for school safety information and provides schools with research, training, and technical assistance to reduce youth violence and promote safety in Texas.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Emergency Preparedness and Response
This website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
Emergency Alert System (EAS)
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national public warning system through which the President of the United States can address the public during a national emergency. The system also may be used by state and local authorities to deliver important emergency information such as AMBER alerts and weather information targeted to a specific area.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA is the Agency of the federal government tasked with disaster preparation and mitigation, survivor assistance, and response and recovery.
Texas Homeland Security
The state's official homeland security website.
US Department of Homeland Security
The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security website provides information on various national security areas, law enforcement issues, civil rights and civil liberties, citizenship and immigration, and disasters.
NOAA Weather Radio
A list of all NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) stations in Texas. The NWR is a nationwide network of radio stations that broadcast National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts, and other hazard information 24 hours a day.
Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools
A U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) website that provides information to help school leaders plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents, and terrorist acts.
A FEMA-sponsored website featuring emergency preparedness resources, including special information for pet owners, senior citizens, and individuals with disabilities and special needs. Ready.gov also provides increased state and local information; you can learn about the types of emergencies most likely to occur in your area and the plans that have been established to deal with these emergencies.