School Closings and Alerts
- How will I know if schools are open or closed?
- How will I know if school is canceled, released early, or delayed start?
- What if I did not receive the alert messages?
- What are the procedures for when school is closed/canceled for the day?
- What are the procedures for when there is a two-hour delayed start?
- What are the procedures for when school is dismissed early?
- How are decisions made related to cold?
- Do other districts influence our decision?
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.
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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."
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
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
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.
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.
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.