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Winter weather reminders

What to expect if winter weather prompts 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. Be assured that these decisions are always made with the safety of students in mind.

One-source forecasting

Mounds View has joined a group of neighboring school districts in deciding it will rely solely on forecasts provided by the National Weather Service –Twin Cities, which is the official government authority on weather forecasting and weather warnings for the state of Minnesota.

Threshold for closings

Schools could be cancelled if...
• 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.
• 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 school district closures throughout the metro this year.

2-hour late starts

Although 2-hour late starts aren’t convenient for families, this option could be used to avoid school cancellations which could ultimately allow the District to avoid a greater inconvenience of make-up days added back to the calendar. 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 approximately 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 we provide them.

Make-up days?

This year’s school calendar allows for two cancellation days without makeup days required. However, now that Mounds View has the ability to use 2-hour late starts, it’s not as likely that calendar adjustments will be necessary.