Emergency School Closings

Always assume schools are open and in session, unless you hear or see differently from a source listed below.

We know that closing schools, dismissing early and starting late can be disruptive, especially for working families. Student and staff safety are our primary concern. Ultimately, the decision to send children to school remains with families. The District supports those decisions that are made for the safety and health of students. There are no negative consequences, and our schools work with families to assure that work is made up when an absence is safety-related.
 

Notification

If winter weather is so severe that schools need to close, families will also be alerted in three ways as soon as a decision is made:

  • A SchoolMessenger phone message and email will be sent to all guardians. A text message will be sent to those who have opted in to receiving texts from the district.
  • A message will be posted on the homepage of www.isd624.org.
  • Messages will be posted on the District's Facebook and Twitter pages.

For school closings, early dismissals and late starts, call the School Closing Hotline at (651) 407-7540 or watch/listen for information on these media outlets:

Q&A: What's Canceled...

when all schools are closed?

In the event that the schools are closed, the following will be canceled:

  • Class for grades K-12, including Transition Education Center (TEC)
  • Before- and after-school activities
  • Early Childhood Family/Special Education programs
  • School Readiness Preschool
  • Bear FUNdamentals

or delayed when there is a 2-hour late start?

In the event that the school start time is delayed by two hours, the following will occur:

  • Class for grades K-12, including Transition Education Center (TEC)
    • Classes begin 2 hours later than regularly scheduled
  • Before-school activities
    • Canceled
  • Busing for grades K-12
    • Buses scheduled for exactly 2 hours later than regularly scheduled
  • Morning Extended Day
    • Extended Day locations open at 8:30 a.m.
  • Early Childhood Family/Special Education Programs
    • Classes with a start time before noon are canceled
  • Early Childhood Family/Special Education Programs
    • Classes with a start time after noon begin at regularly scheduled time
  • Preschool (part-day)
    • Classes with a start time before noon are Canceled
  • Preschool (part-day)
    • Classes with a start time after noon begin at regularly scheduled time
  • Bear FUNdamentals
    • Classes begin 2 hours later than regularly scheduled
  • School Breakfast
    • Canceled
  • School Lunch
    • Served as regularly scheduled
  • Senior Program morning activities
    • Canceled
  • Senior Program Meals on Wheels
    • Canceled

or closed when there is an early dismissal?

Schools may be dismissed at staggered start times in order to provide additional transportation time for buses to complete all routes.

In the event that the school is dismissed early, the following will occur:

  • Grades K-5
    • Buses run 15 minutes early
  • Grades 6-8
    • Buses run 30 minutes early
  • Grades 9-12, including TEC
    • Buses run 40 minutes early
  • After school activities, including targeted services, FLEX, clubs, and athletics
    • Canceled
  • After-school Extended Day Program
    • Closes at 5 p.m.
  • Early Childhood Family/Special Education Programs: 
    • Classes with a start time after noon.
  • Canceled early
    • If not canceled, bus 15 minutes early.
  • Bear FUNdamentals
    • Bus 15 minutes early
  • School lunch
    • Served as regularly scheduled