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Winter weather reminders

winter weather

What to expect with weather-related school closings

Canceling school is a tremendously difficult and complicated decision for any school district
to make, and it’s a decision that impacts thousands of families in very different ways. As we head into another unpredictable winter season, here are a few notes to remember.

Threshold for closings

Schools could be cancelled if...
• Buses won’t start or run dependably.
• Local road conditions in our neighborhoods are dangerous or impassable. Because metro districts (even neighboring districts) can experience differing weather and road conditions, do not be surprised if there is inconsistency among metro school district closures.
• Our neighborhoods experience sustained wind chills of 40 to 45 degrees below zero during the hours between morning bus pick ups and afternoon bus drop offs. 
* Like neighboring districts, Mounds View will rely solely on forecasts provided by the National Weather Service –Twin Cities.  


If schools have been cancelled, families should assume all school and District activities have also been cancelled. If an exception to this rule is made, families will be notified.

2-hour late starts

Although 2-hour late starts aren’t convenient for families, this option could be used to avoid school cancellations. If the District calls a 2-hour late start, here’s how it will work:
• Buses will pick up students 2 hours later than their typical bus stop schedule.
• Schools will start 2 hours later than their typical schedule.
• Class periods will be shortened throughout the day.
• Schools will dismiss at their regular dismissal times.
• Buses will drop off students at their regular drop-off times.


Families should always assume schools are open and in session, unless they hear or see differently. Websites will only indicate when schools are closed — not when they remain open. If schools will be using a 2-hour late start or canceling altogether, the District will notify parents no later than 5:30 a.m. on the day of the late start or cancellation, using the following tools:
• Text messages
• Voicemail messages
• E-mail messages
• Facebook and Twitter
• 651-621-SNOW hotline recordings
• District and school website postings
The District will also notify local media outlets, but cannot guarantee if or how the media will report the information provided.

The contact information used to reach families for school closings and bus status notifications was supplied by families at the start of the school year (via health and emergency forms). Parents can confirm their contact information is up-to-date by logging into ParentVUE and reviewing and updating the account information. The front office staff at each school can also review and update contact information.

Late buses

On winter days when the metro-area traffic is significantly congested because of poor road conditions, parents should expect most school buses will be similarly delayed. Notification calls will be made as possible. Families can also check the status of a bus by clicking on the bus status icon within the District app or visiting