School Emergency Weather-Related Closings

Families and Staff,

Cold weather has arrived in Minnesota and we want to make sure you have the information you need about weather emergency closings, delays, and early dismissals. Please know, decisions to close school are taken very seriously and we use closings, delays, and early dismissals only when absolutely necessary.

If school is closed or released early due to weather-related circumstances, Community Education activities and High School athletics and activities are canceled unless otherwise noted in the emergency message.

Students who leave the district to attend classes at other institutions through programs like PSEO should watch for communication from the institution they attend.

Passages students will follow the Mahtomedi School District delays and closings. For Passages students attending 916 or PSEO, please make sure to check your email and the web pages for delays and closings. If 916 is closed but Mahtomedi is open, students are expected to attend classes at Passages.

When We Notify Families and Staff About Weather Emergency Closings, Delays, and Early Dismissals

  • The decision to cancel or delay school is made prior to 6:00 a.m. if the necessary information is available.
  • The decision for an early dismissal will be made during the school day when weather and road conditions become unsafe for students to continue until the end of the school day.

How We Notify Families and Staff About Weather Emergency Closings, Delays, and Early Dismissals

  • Automated Voicemail
  • SMS Text Message
  • Email
  • Social Media: We will make notifications on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
  • Web pages: All of our building web pages will be updated with closing information on the front pages under latest news.
  • Local News and Radio: notifications will be on KARE channel 11, KSTP channel 5, WCCO channel 4, and WCCO radio 830.

Get Prepared for Emergency Notifications

  • If your phone or email contact has recently changed, please let your child’s school office know the new information.
  • If you would like to receive SMS text notifications about emergency closings and have not yet opted in, you may text Yes to 67587. Please note that the cell phone you text with your opt-in must be registered in your child’s school record.
  • Follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

Ultimately the final decision whether a student goes to school during a weather emergency rests with the family. If you choose to keep your student home, please call the school's attendance line and the absence will be excused.