Winter Weather

Closing school is a complicated decision that affects students, staff and families. Our schools provide students with a safe and stable place to learn. Some students rely on the school district for breakfast and lunch. Closing school may cause some families hardships related to finding childcare. Closing school is an exception and we do everything possible to keep schools open.
The primary criteria we consider when making a decision 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

MPS considers closing school when:

  • 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
  • More than 6 inches of snow falls in 12 hours
  • More than 8 inches of snow falls in 24 hours

MPS tries to tell parents:

  • By 6:00pm the day before the cancellation, OR
  • By 5:30am the day of the cancellation

MPS announces cancellations by:

  • Phone calls
  • Texts
  • District Website
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Radio
  • TV

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