School Closings and Alerts

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.

How will I know if schools are open or closed?

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.

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.

How will I know 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
  • Facebook 
  • Twitter
  • 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

Keep your contact information updated


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).

To update your contact information, including phone numbers or email addresses, please login to Parent Portal.

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 portal@district16.org.

What if I did not receive the alert messages?

The district uses a notification system to send emails, voice messages, text messages and mobile app push notifications. Families and staff can customize their notification preferences and how they want to receive communication and to what contact information they receive the messages. Learn more on our Stay Connected page under "Notification System."

What are the procedures for when school is closed/canceled for the day?

When Spring Lake Park Schools is closed, the following will typically take place:

  • All schools are closed 
  • All daytime programs are canceled 
  • Early Childhood Family Education programs, Preschool are canceled 
  • Learning Ventures and Discovery Days are canceled 
  • Before- and after-school programs and classes are canceled 
  • Community Education programs for youth and adults are canceled 
  • After-school or evening athletic or activities practices or contests may or may not take place. Each is at the discretion of the district, the activities director, or individual coaches or advisors. The Spring Lake Park page of the North Suburban Conference website (nsconference.org) will also be updated. 
  • For evening community rentals of school facilities, individuals should check with sponsoring organizations regarding possible cancellations

What are the procedures for when there is a two-hour delayed start?

If the start of school is delayed for two hours, the following would usually occur:

  • All schools will start exactly two hours later than usual 
  • Buses will run two hours later than usual 
  • Learning Ventures, Discovery Days, Preschool, Early Childhood Family Education, and Early Childhood Special Education will be open at their regular starting times. It would be helpful to call your Learning Ventures or Discovery Days site before bringing children to be certain staff have arrived 
  • Continue to monitor the district website for updates and changes 
  • All district staff should report as close as possible to their usual starting times

What are the procedures for when school is dismissed early?

If inclement weather (or broken water main or other facilities problem) causes a school or schools to be dismissed early, the following typically occurs:

  • Early Childhood Family Education programs and preschool classes that have not started by this time will be canceled 
  • Afternoon Learning Ventures will not reopen for care
  • Children who are at school when it is canceled need to follow the family’s emergency care procedures
  • Discovery Days children will have parents notified for pick-up within two hours
  • After School Adventures classes will be canceled
  • After school or evening athletic or activities practices or contests may or may not take place. Each is at the discretion of the district, the activities director, or individual coaches/advisors. The Spring Lake Park page of the North Suburban Conference website (nsconference.org) will be continually updated.

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. 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.