Inclement Weather Guidelines

  • Extreme Temperature Closures

    Flexible Learning Day Plan


    In the event of inclement weather,
    the first five weather-related closings will be announced as Flexible Learning Days as long as there is no widespread interruption of power and/or internet service that would interfere with distance learning. Additional weather-related school closing days will be determined by the Superintendent and make-up time for students and/or staff will be determined by the Superintendent in consultation with the School Board.

    In the event it is necessary to close schools for all or any portion of the day, announcements for St. Cloud Area School District 742 will be sent to families by an automated message. In addition, radio stations and news services will be contacted on behalf of the district, and announcements will appear on the district’s website and social media sites. In the case of delayed starts or school closings, every effort will be made to make this announcement the night before or by 5:30 a.m. of the affected day.  (The absence of an announcement concerning St. Cloud Area School District 742 means that we are in session and operating on a normal schedule.)

    Note: If school sites are closed due to a weather-related emergency, meal service is also canceled.

    In a renewed effort to gather accurate weather information, St. Cloud Area School District will continue to rely on the expertise of the National Weather Service and St. Cloud State University meteorologists for weather forecasts, and both city and county officials for information related to road conditions.  Professors at the university localize forecasts and advise the school district on closing decisions.

    Minnesota weather is sometimes difficult to predict, and it is essential that parents/guardians anticipate and prepare for weather-related emergencies.  The National Weather Service and other forecasting agencies issue various winter weather statements, watches, and warnings. We use these statements, coupled with the information provided by St. Cloud State University, to determine if weather conditions may cause a full day cancellation or an early dismissal from school. With the utilization of Flexible Distance Learning Days, we anticipate few, if any, late starts.

    Heavy snowfall, ice storms, extreme cold, and strong winds are not the only contributors to an emergency situation.  Fog can be equally dangerous.  While the sun may be shining in one area, visibility may be reduced to a few feet in another location, creating a potential hazard.

    Winter weather and emergency situations are not predictable and may happen at any time. The purpose of the weather-related closing plan is to assist parents/guardians and students to be better prepared to deal with emergency situations and reduce their effects. Parents are encouraged to prepare for emergency closings.  Special childcare arrangements should be made which could be used in the event of a school closing, late start or early dismissal.  Ultimately, the parent/guardian should make the final decision whether a child should attend school during severe weather.

     

    Safe Students/Informed Parents

    In any weather emergency, the main objective is to provide protection and a safe environment for students. In the event it is necessary to close schools for all or any portion of the day, announcements  will be sent to families by an automated message. In the case of delayed starts or school closings, every effort will be made to make this announcement the night before or by 5:30 a.m. of the affected day. Radio stations and news services will be contacted on behalf of the district, and announcements will appear on the district’s website and social media sites.


    Emergency Closing Procedures

    • The first five weather-related closings will be designated as FLEXIBLE LEARNING DAYS. All school buildings will close and all students will be learning at home per the Flexible Learning Plan. All student activities/practices, Community Education, Adult Basic Education, Early Childhood Education classes and Kids Connection are canceled for that day.
    • If a weather-related closing is not a Flexible Learning Day, all school district buildings will be closed and school is canceled. All student activities/practices, Community Education, Adult Basic Education, night school/evening classes at McKinely ALC, Early Childhood Education classes and Kids Connection are also canceled for that day.
    • In the event of a late start, all schools will start two hours late. In regard to Early Childhood programming, all ECFE and Special Education classes will start two hours late.  Please note: all preschool classes and Kids Connection (before school care) are canceled for the day.
    • In the event of an early dismissal, all after-school activities, practices, and evening classes, including Community Education, Early Childhood Family Education, Adult Basic Education, and night school/evening classes at McKinley-ALC will be canceled. KIDSTOP weather-related information can be found at: https://www.bgcmn.org/kidstop/weather-closing-policy/


    Radio and TV Announcements

    Announcements regarding school closings, late starts, or early dismissals relative to

    St. Cloud Area School District 742 District will be made on the following radio and television stations:

    Station                                     AM                              FM                     TV

     

    WJON Radio                             1240   

    KCLD Radio                                                                104.7                          

    KNSI Radio                              1450               

    KVSC Radio                                                                 88.1                

    KKJM Radio                              92.9    

    WCCO Radio                             830     

    WCCO TV                                                                                              Channel 4

    KSTP TV                                                                                                Channel 5

    KARE 11 TV                                                                                           Channel 11

    KMSP TV                                                                                                Channel 9

    St. Cloud Somali Radio and TV

     

    In addition to these radio and television outlets, weather alerts are announced on the St. Cloud Times website at www.sctimes.com.  You may also tune into the area’s cable education access, Channel 179, District 742’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/isd742.org, St. Cloud Area Schools@ISD742 on Twitter, or the District 742 website at www.isd742.org for up-to-the-minute closing and/or late start/early dismissal reports.

    Skylert (School Messenger System) will also be used to send automated messages to all staff and parents/students, to announce school closings, late starts, and early dismissals due to inclement weather conditions.