Snow days 2021-22: No instruction
If winter weather conditions force school closures this year, there will be no instruction held on the affected day(s).
- In the event that severe winter weather causes poor road conditions or dangerous cold, the District may announce school cancellations.
- All families will receive a text, voicemail and e-mail message within 20 minutes of a decision to close school. If you haven’t received these messages, a decision to close or delay school has not been made, and schools are expected to be in session as usual. Always assume schools are in session, unless you hear or see differently from Mounds View Public Schools.
- In addition, the District will post school cancellation information on District and school websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. The District will also notify local media outlets, but cannot guarantee if or how the media will report the information provided.
Schools could be canceled if...
- Buses won’t start or run dependably.
- Local road conditions in our neighborhoods are dangerous or impassable.
- 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.
Thresholds for outdoor recess cancellationIf air temperatures reach 0 degrees and/or windchills reach 10 degrees below zero, outdoor recess will be cancelled at all six elementary schools and the kindergarten centers.
ActivitiesIf schools have been cancelled, families should assume all school-sponsored and District activities have also been canceled. If an exception to this rule is made, families will be notified.
When school is canceled for severe weather-related conditions, YMCA will run Release Day programs at Sunnyside Elementary School and Island Lake Elementary School. Inclement-weather Release Day Programs are open to children currently attending YMCA Before Care and/or After Care. Inclement weather program hours for Mounds View Public Schools are 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. For more information, please visit the YCare website.
Early ReleaseIn the event of deteriorating weather during the school day, it may be necessary to start after-school bus routes earlier than their scheduled dismissal time at some schools. In most cases, this would mainly affect the middle schools which are in the first tier of afternoon routes. If schools conduct an early release, parents will be notified via text, phone and e-mail before noon. Students who do not ride the bus will be allowed to stay at school if they wish. Parents will not be expected to pick up their students at school any earlier than the normal dismissal time. In the event of an early release, after-school Y care will be canceled.
NotificationsWhen school is canceled, the District will notify parents by approximately 5:30 a.m. on the day of the late start or cancellation, using the following tools:
- Text message
- Voicemail message
- E-mail message
- Facebook and Twitter
- 651-621-SNOW hotline recording
- District and school website posting
The District will also notify local media outlets, but cannot guarantee if, when 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.
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.