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Emergency School Closing

Every decision to close or delay school is made with the understanding that many families need to find alternative care for their children when school is not in session. However, the safety of students, families, and staff is a primary concern when the district makes closure or delayed start decisions.

Superintendent Dave Bernhardson consults with experts inside and outside of the district to make cancelation or delay decisions. When a decision is made to cancel or delay school, ISD 199 will keep families, staff, and community members informed in a variety of ways.

WAYS TO STAY INFORMED
The school district will place an outbound call to all families when a school closure or delay is decided. Information will also be available via:

  • District Website: Visit www.isd199.org
  • District Information Hotline: Call 651-306-7875
  • Social Media: Find information at www.facebook.com/isd199 or www.twitter.com/isd199 
  • TV: Watch Twin Cities television network affiliate stations. Look for “Inver Grove Heights Community Schools” in the news crawl
  • Radio: Listen for WCCO-AM (830) to announce “Inver Grove Heights Community Schools” 


Please use the information below to understand the district’s emergency closing and delay procedures.

SCHOOL DELAYS
If school is delayed, all school buses will operate on a delayed schedule. Morning offerings will be cancelled. Families will be notified with an outbound call, and information will also be available at www.isd199.org, 651-306-7875, www.facebook.com/isd199, www.twitter.com/isd199, and on Twin Cities television network affiliate stations and the WCCO-AM (830) radio station.  

 

WINTER WEATHER CLOSURES

ISD 199 monitors the National Weather Service to make the safest determination for students, families, and staff.

COLD DAY: School closed due to temperature and/or wind chill.

· School will be canceled if the National Weather Service forecast for 6AM on the following morning shows:

· a wind chill of below -35 degrees Fahrenheit OR an air temperature below -25 degrees Fahrenheit.

· The decision will be made by 6:30PM the night before the canceled school day.

· Families will be notified with a direct call through the district outbound calling system. Information will also be available at 651-306-7875www.isd199.orgwww.facebook.com/isd199, and www.twitter.com/isd199.

· The district will notify local TV and radio stations of closures to be announced on the air.

Canceled on Cold Days:
· Classes and programs at all PreK-12 ISD 199 schools
· Early Childhood Special Education
· After-school programs and extracurricular, activities, except athletics
· Field trips
· School events
· Evening high school
· Youth community education classes
· Family engagement activities (e.g. open houses, conferences)

Open on Cold Days:
· Spartan Kids’ Care
· Adult community education classes
· Early Childhood and Family Education

Decided on an Individual Basis on Cold Days:
· Athletics cancelations are decided on an individual basis. Schedule changes will be posted on www.isd199.org.

· Permits held by outside organizations using the school buildings for meetings and activities will continue unless the organizer decides to cancel

SNOW DAY: School closed due to snow and/or hazardous road conditions.

· School will be canceled if heavy snow and/or icy conditions make it extremely hazardous or impossible for buses to drive their routes and for employees to get to work safely.

· A decision will be made by 5:30AM the morning of the cancelation.

· Families will be notified with a direct call through the district outbound calling system. Information will also be available at 651-306-7875, www.isd199.orgwww.facebook.com/isd199, and www.twitter.com/isd199.

· The district will notify local TV and radio stations of closures to be announced on the air.

· If the weather becomes challenging during the school day, schedules may change. Changes would be announced through the outbound call system as well as through the other usual options: the district website, social media, local radio, and television. Families are encouraged to develop a plan with their child to prepare for a possible early dismissal.

Canceled on Snow Days:
· Classes and programs at all PreK-12 ISD 199 schools
· Early Childhood and Family Education
· Early Childhood Special Education
· After-school programs and extracurricular activities, except athletics
· Field trips
· School events
· Evening high school
· Area learning centers
· Adult and youth community education classes
· Family engagement activities (e.g. open houses, conferences)
· Spartan Kids’ Care
· Permits held by outside organizations using the school buildings for meetings and activities are canceled

Decided on an Individual Basis on Snow Days:
· Athletics cancelations are decided on an individual basis. Schedule changes will be posted on www.isd199.org.


OTHER EMERGENCIES

School closed or delayed due to dangerous non-winter weather, unforeseeable extenuating circumstances such as a power outage, and the like.

  • The district will notify families about emergency closings or delays not related to winter weather as soon as possible. Families will be notified of any cancelations or delays through the outbound call system. Information will also be available on the district's website and social media.
  • Students will only be released early in the event of an emergency.
  • Families are encouraged to develop a plan with their child to prepare for a possible early dismissal. Keep in mind that students may be evacuated in certain emergency situations and may not be able to go back into the building to get keys or other belongings.   

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