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Severe Weather Notices

Severe Weather Notices

Safety First

Closing school buildings for weather reasons during distance learning may seem unnecessary, but even during distance learning, a variety of employees are involved in keeping MPS operating and may need to remain home to stay safe. Closing school buildings is an exception and we do everything possible to keep school buildings open. Fortunately, now school can continue through distance learning even in the most extreme weather.

The primary criteria we consider when making a decision to close buildings include:

  • The safety and well-being of students and staff
  • Severity of the weather (extreme cold, flooding, etc.)
  • Timing of weather (overnight, weekend, etc.)
  • The ability for buses and cars to travel safely

We continually monitor the forecast from the National Weather Service, and the superintendent meets with numerous administrators in order to make the best decision for students, staff and families. 

Making the Decision

The superintendent makes a decision to move to distance learning after consulting with the administrative team and other stakeholders as needed. The superintendent may consult with the superintendents from other metro school districts and the Minnesota Department of Education for additional perspective. Staff members work throughout the evening and early morning each severe weather day to ensure that buses will run at or near schedule and that students will be safe. The communications department communicates the status of learning to families and staff

What Conditions Make Us Consider Closing School Buildings?

From heat to snow to frigid temperatures, Minnesota weather can cause challenges to school operations. Learn more about the types of weather that may impact school. In each of these scenarios, distance learning will be implemented so learning can continue even if buildings are closed.

Types of Closures

Families should assume school is in session unless they are otherwise notified. In the event weather impacts school operations, Minneapolis Public Schools may cancel after-school activities or close school buildings and move to distance learning. Learn more about possible scenarios.