Stay Connected

Spring Lake Park Schools publishes news and information on a weekly basis throughout the school year. Teachers also use several tools to track progress, assignments, attendance, grades and more. Below are some tools to help you stay in touch this school year.

District and School Communication and News

Customized Calendars

If you’re looking for school-specific events, click here to customize your calendar to show events from the schools and programs you wish to view.

Here’s how:

  • Under "Sort Calendar" hit the + District Calendar and + School Calendars buttons.
  • These will allow you to see all the calendars for each school and the district. Select or deselect which schools/programs you want to see by clicking on the arrow next to the school
  • When you've finished selecting schools/programs, click the "Update Calendar" button

Calendar highlights:

  • Under Search Calendar, you can now search for a specific keyword(s) or during a specific date range
  • Schools are coded in two ways in the calendar - by color and by short school code. 
    • School color codes can be found under "Sort Calendars" when you select + School Calendars
    • Short school codes are:
      • HS = Spring Lake Park High School
      • WW = Westwood Intermediate and Middle School
      • CV = Centerview Elementary School
      • NP = Northpoint Elementary School
      • PT = Park Terrace Elementary School
      • WC = Woodcrest Elementary School
      • LH = Lighthouse School
      • EC = Early Childhood
      • PS = Preschool

If you don't see an event, please contact your school's front office for more information.

Notification System

The district uses a notification system to send emails, voice messages, text messages and mobile app push notifications. Families can customize their notification preferences and how they want to receive communication by logging into the mobile app or by visiting SpringLakeParkSchools.ParentLink.net. If you need to update your phone numbers or email addresses, login to Parent Portal and staff members need to login to Skyward.

Update how you receive messages

  1. Login to SpringLakeParkSchools.ParentLink.net using your district username and password
  2. Click on “Account” in the upper right-hand corner
  3. In the pop-up, select the “Delivery Preferences” tab
  4. Under the “Emergency” and "Other" headers, click on text (message bubble icon), phone numbers (phone icon) and email (envelope icon) to select what email and phone numbers should receive emergency messages. Please note, this is not the system used to send breakfast and lunch balance notifications. To update that, please learn more on the nutritions services page.

Parent Connections

Every other Thursday throughout the school year, parents will receive a Parent Connections email containing district information, staff and student accomplishments, upcoming events, Community Education information and more. If you aren’t receiving these emails, please contact communications@district16.org.

The last few Parent Connections can be found at these links:

School Newsletters

Each school will post a newsletter on their website under Parents – News and email it home on most weeks throughout the school year. To ensure you receive these emails, please update student and family contact information in the Campus Parent Portal system. Click here to make updates in Parent Portal

Click on the links below to read your school's newsletter.

Social Media

Follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. To view the official social media accounts for the district, schools, programs and activities visit SpringLakeParkSchools.org/SocialMedia. The district also uses the hashtag #SLPPantherProud on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to talk about all the positive things going on in the district. Join the conversation!

Click here to visit the SLP Social Media Hub 

Online Access to Student Information 

Campus Parent Portal, Schoology and Seesaw

The district has several ways for parents to access information about their students through online access.

Campus Parent Portal

Families can use it to view information about your student’s class schedules, attendance, end of trimester grades, transportation and transcripts. Families can also update contact information, such as email addresses and phone numbers here.Click here to learn more and login to campus parent portal

Seesaw

With Seesaw, students can share their learning and growth and families can see learning evidence posted to to their child’s journal. Click here to learn more and login to Seesaw

Schoology

The first way for parents to access information is through Schoology, which is a learning management system used in classrooms on a daily basis. Parents can view classroom and course updates, assignments, grades on assignments and tests, and communication from individual teachers. Click here to learn more and login to Schoology

Classroom Communication

Along with Schoology, many teachers also use a variety of apps such as Seesaw and Remind to communicate directly with parents. Check with your child’s teacher to learn more about how these tools are used to communicate from the classroom level.

Free SLP Mobile App

The free SLP mobile app allows users to receive the latest news and information from all district schools right from their smartphone or tablet. You can customize the mobile app to choose the schools you would like to receive information from. Visit SpringLakeParkSchools.org/MobileApp to 
download the app and learn more.

The mobile app is a one-stop shop for:

  • School news
  • Newsletters
  • Staff contact information
  • Calendars
  • Notifications
  • and lunch menus

Password Portal

Password Portal will allow you to change your network password from school or home. Changing your password in the automated Password Portal will change it for all of your district accounts including Campus Parent Portal, Schoology and the SLP Mobile App. Click here to change your password

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 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.