The district makes every possible effort to keep schools open, in most weather conditions, if bus travel is safe. Unless we announce otherwise, assume that school will be in session. In the case of snowy or cold conditions, be sure to dress your kids warmly for the possibility of longer walk times or waits at the bus stop, and allow for the occasional delay with pick-up times.
As always, it is the parent's decision about whether or not to have their child go to school.
If winter storms or other emergency situation cause us to close school for the day or delay the start of school, a decision will be made as soon as possible.
How will I know if schools are open or closed?
Schools are Open
On cold or snowy days when weather conditions are not ideal but bus routes are safe, the district will keep schools open. We realize that weather or traffic conditions could cause some buses to run late or present challenges for some walkers if sidewalks still need to be shoveled.
On days such as this, it is up to each parent whether or not to send their child to school if they believe weather conditions make it unsafe to arrive at school by bus, car, or walking. A student who remains at home or arrives late would be responsible for class assignments, and we ask that parents report what would be an excused absence to the school.
Schools are Closed
The school district would close school if it is unsafe for students and staff to arrive at school or if buses would have difficulty traveling their routes. The amount of snow, temperature, wind chill, passable roads, and buses that do not start are among the factors that are considered.
If schools are closed, we would alert our families by phone, text, email, on our website, and on local media.
Notification sources if school is canceled, released early, or delayed start
- An alert notification will be sent to you by phone, text, and e-mail based upon information/preferences provided by each family.
- An easy-to-find Alert Message will be posted on the top of each page on district and school websites: SpringLakeParkSchools.org
- Recorded messages will be on district and school office phones
- Twin Cities news radio and television stations will be contacted
When school is closed, begins late, or closes early, our automated e-mail, phone, and text alert system is our most effective means of notifying parents and families in the shortest amount of time. In these cases it is important that we have the most up-to-date parent/guardian contact information (home phone, cell phone, e-mail addresses). If your contact information is not current, or if you're not sure, please visit Campus Portal on district website.
If you need assistance with this process, if you need login information, or if you need to set up your Campus Portal account, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 763-600-5555 or email email@example.com.