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Weather Closing Information
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Severe Weather Notices

What Conditions Make Us Consider Closing School Buildings?

Heat Day

MPS will consider moving to distance learning in buildings without air conditioning if the heat index (a combination of temperature and humidity) reaches at least 105°F for more than three hours per day for two consecutive days, or reaches more than 115°F for any period of time. 

Excessive Heat Protocol

Cold Day

MPS will consider moving to distance learning if the wind chill forecast for 6:30 a.m. the following day is -35° or colder, with winds of at least 5 to 10 miles per hour.

Snow Day

MPS will close school buildings and move to distance learning if road conditions are such that travel becomes too hazardous for buses and cars. MPS will consider closing school buildings if travel delays become so great that staff cannot reach the buildings in order to teach students or students will be out at bus stops for an excessive amount of time.

This may happen if it snows 6 inches or more in 12 hours, or 8 inches or more in 24 hours. Every winter storm is different, so it is possible that classes will still be held even if snowfall reaches these limits.

We may also close school buildings if conditions approach blizzard criteria, even if snowfall amounts are lower.