Winter Weather Plan
Winter Weather Plan
The 2016-17 Winter Weather Plan is now available and includes an important update.
New This Year: Some schools will now dismiss 30 minutes early on days that after-school activities are canceled due to weather. This change only applies to schools that dismiss at 2 p.m. A 1:30 p.m. early dismissal will help prevent bus delays and allow more time between later afternoon routes. All other schools will dismiss at their regular time. Review the full Winter Weather Plan for more details.
In general, school or activities will be canceled if temperature and wind chill levels become dangerously cold, or if snow accumulation creates hazardous driving and walking conditions. The three main categories for cancellations include:
The decision to cancel school for students due to cold weather will be made by 6:30 p.m. the night before.
The decision to cancel school for snow or hazardous driving conditions will be made by 5 a.m. the morning of a cancellation.
Same-Day Weather Cancellations
The decision to cancel most after-school activities when weather conditions are expected to worsen throughout the school day will be made by 10 a.m.
When severe winter weather is in the forecast, please tune into local television, radio and newspaper outlets for school closure updates. Notification will also be sent via phone, text and email, in addition to being posted on school websites and spps.org.
To ensure you receive important notifications, please check that your contact information is up to date. Every parent and guardian can update their information through Campus Portal or by calling their child’s school. Visit spps.org/onestop and use your One Stop parent/guardian username and password. You can update your phone number, email and home address. To receive text messages, please check that your primary number is a cell phone.
For more on the Winter Weather Plan (in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali or Karen), go to https://www.spps.org/winter.
The safety and well-being of students and staff is our top priority and the decision to close school is no simple matter.
Before deciding to close school due to extreme winter weather conditions, Saint Paul Public Schools consults with a variety of experts both inside and outside of the district. Our commitment is to keep families, staff and the community informed of weather-related school closings and cancellations.
Please note that we continually monitor the forecast from the National Weather Service in order to make the best decision for students, staff and families. Additionally, delayed start times are not logistically possible in Saint Paul Public Schools.
- Phone calls and text messaging
- Media outlets (T.V., newspaper, radio.)
- District (spps.org) and school websites