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.
It is always up to parents to make the final decision about whether or not to send their children to school if they believe weather conditions present a safety issue. No school credit is lost, and it is an excused absence if a parent decides to keep their child home because of extreme cold or inclement weather.
For snowy or cold conditions, always be sure to dress your kids warmly for the bus stop or the walk to school, and allow for the occasional delay with bus pick-up times.
The decision to keep schools open - or to close them - results from weighing factors including excessive snow, temperature or wind chill numbers well below zero, the condition of roads, and at times whether buses will start. School districts strive to remain in session when at all possible, providing a day of learning, but also safe and warm places for students to be as well. We want to avoid situations when students are waiting at a bus stop or walk to school if they did not take note of school closing notifications. It is a serious decision made with the well-being of our students and families in mind.
If a winter storm, excessive cold, or an 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 may not be 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 always the parents' decision whether or not to send their children to school if they believe there is a safety issue regarding weather conditions.
No school credit is lost, and it is an excused absence if a parent decides to keep their child home because of extreme cold or inclement weather.
Schools are Closed
The school district would close school if it is unsafe for students to arrive at school or if buses would have difficulty traveling their routes.
The amount of snow, temperature, wind chill, passable roads, and at times the possibility of buses not starting are among the many factors that are considered.
If schools are closed, we would alert our families by phone, text, email; on our website; and through local media.
More information below on notifications.
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
- WCCO Radio, WCCO-Channel 4, KARE-11, KMSP Fox 9, and KSTP-5 will be among the local media 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. Click here for instructions on how to update your contact information.
How are decisions made related to cold?
When it comes to closing school because of cold weather, it is all about safety. We know the cold begins to be considered dangerous when wind chills approach 40 degrees below zero and air temperature 20 degrees below zero. For this reason, Spring Lake Park, and other metro area school districts, use projected 6 a.m. temperatures to consider closing school. When making these decisions, we need to ensure that buses can run reliably in the cold temperatures.
Do other districts influence our decision?
Unlike snowfall-related cancellations, which can affect metro areas very differently, cold weather impacts each of the metro districts in a similar way. Although each school district must make its own decision, communication and consultation among school districts is very common and necessary. Because we share services with neighboring districts, it's always important for bordering districts to talk to each other before making their decisions.
Our goal is always to have school in session
We never want to lose a day of valuable learning, and we have a history of remaining open. The district makes every possible effort to keep schools open, in most weather conditions, if buses can run reliably and the wait at the bus stop and the walk to school are safe.
Throughout the school year, unless we announce otherwise, assume that school will be in session. If there is a need to close school, our means of notifying you are on the website.
When schools are open we know that students are in safe and warm places. We want to avoid situations when students are waiting at a bus stop or walk to school if they did not take note of school closing notifications.