School Closings, Delays, Early Release

Information regarding School Closings, Delays or Early Releases

NOTIFICATION - LOCAL TV AND RADIO:

The following radio and television stations will have the notification by 6:00 a.m. of school closings or changes in start times.  We try to have the notification on earlier but sometimes it just isn’t possible to make a determination earlier.  We will always try to have students in school rather than call off school.  See the note at the end of this memo “What goes into the decision to close school.”

  • KARE                     Channel 11
  • WCCO                   830 AM & Channel 4
  • KSTP                     Channel 5
  • KMSP/Fox9          Channel 9

Students and parents should be advised to listen to these stations for emergency messages AND DISCOURAGED FROM CALLING SCHOOL OFFICES.  Calling into school offices or Central Services will result in frustrations for all involved considering the activity in offices when there is any change in normal procedures.

NOTIFICATION – School Messenger:

Should a decision be made that will impact the school day, a voice message will be sent to every student’s family using the School Messenger phone messaging system.

NOTIFICATION - HOTLINE:

The Hotline will have school closing information:  651-351-8099

NOTIFICATION - WEBSITE:

School closing information will be posted on the District Website:  www.stillwater.k12.mn.us and on each individual school’s webpage.

WHEN THERE IS A DELAY IN SCHOOL START TIMES: 

If a decision is made to delay the start of school, starting times will be delayed two hours.  Parents and staff members should continue to listen to the radio for later announcements of a possible closing as more information is gathered on weather and road conditions.  All employees are required to report to work at their regular time or as close as possible to their regular time.

When there is a delayed start:

  • 5-Day preschool will start two hours late
  • A.M. Preschool special education and ECFE are automatically canceled.
  • P.M. Preschool special education and ECFE will start at the normal time.
  • Morning session St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center classes are automatically canceled.
  • Afternoon session St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center classes will start at the normal time.
  • All Day session and ABE classes at St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center classes follow the SAHS schedule.

ADVENTURE CLUB:

If a school has a delayed start time due to inclement weather, Adventure Club staff members will attempt to get to the site as close to normal opening time as possible.  You must call your Adventure Club site prior to leaving home to make sure that staff members have arrived and are in the building.  Adventure Club program sites will remain open until the start of the school day.

 

VALLEY CROSSING COMMUNITY SCHOOL:

 

If District 834 closes school, Stillwater students attending Valley Crossing will not have school.

WHEN SCHOOL CLOSES EARLY:

Staff members will be released to leave the building as soon as the principal determines that the safety of the children is assured.  Custodians will be expected to work normal hours unless otherwise notified by the principal.

The Adventure Club program will remain open until all children regularly enrolled in the program have been picked up.  Program staff will contact parents requesting them to pick up their children as soon as possible.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:

If classes are canceled for an entire day, all regular after school and community education activities including Adventure Club, ECFE, adult and youth classes, and facility use are also canceled.

Specific announcements will be made on the local stations listed if special activities scheduled can be held because of improved weather conditions.

If a weather emergency occurs late in the afternoon, and the normal school day has not been affected, the Community Education Director will make decisions regarding cancellation of evening Community Education activities.  Specific announcements will be made on the local stations listed.

HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS AND AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:

If classes are canceled for an entire day a decision to cancel after school athletics will be made by 10 a.m.

If a weather emergency occurs late in the afternoon, and the normal school day has not been affected, the Athletic/Activities Supervisor will make decisions regarding cancellation of evening athletic competitions and student activities.  Specific announcements will be made on the local stations listed.

WHAT GOES INTO THE DECISION TO CLOSE SCHOOL?

When thinking about school closings there is a shiver of anticipatory dread that runs down the spine of every superintendent in the state.  Regardless of the decision that is made, there is controversy.  Some will criticize school officials for having schools closed.  Others will criticize the people making the decision to have school open.

To give you a perspective regarding school closings, know that people are out on the roads, reviewing weather forecasts and maps, consulting the national weather service, talking to bus companies, and sharing perspectives with other superintendents in the area starting at 4:00 a.m. (even earlier in some cases).  Decisions are made based on the ability of buses to travel the roads safely AND on the conditions bus riders will face while waiting for the bus.