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Winter Weather: How do we decide to close?
Posted 01/22/2018 07:32PM

Canceling 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. Canceling school may cause some families hardships related to finding childcare. Canceling school is an exception and we do everything possible to keep schools open.

Safety is always at the center of our decision-making. As a school district that serves students with unique needs, we have unique safety considerations as well.

Impact on Students: How will a school closure or change in schedule impact our students, many who have unique needs? Many of our students expect and rely on a set schedule. Significant changes or unexpected events can lead to undue stress and trigger emotional and behavioral dysregulation, at times leading to safety concerns.

Safety and Staffing: Will we have sufficient staff to supervise students and keep everyone safe? When staff are unable to come to work due to safety/weather conditions, we still must make sure that students have appropriate supervision and support throughout the day (often with fewer staff than anticipated). Staff supervision is critical to safe environments at school and on buses.

Transportation: Will poor road conditions and the tiered bus schedule result in longer transportation times, thus becoming a hardship for students? Transportation time is already a challenge for many of our students. Additional delays can compound these stresses and lead to safety concerns. Additionally, we must coordinate with 11 separate transportation departments to coordinate any changes in the bus schedule.

Other 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

We continually monitor the forecast from the National Weather Service, and the superintendent meets with numerous administrators in order to make the best decision for students, staff and families.

Intermediate District 287
1820 XENIUM LANE NORTH Plymouth, MN 55441
PH: 763-559-3535

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