School Closings

Weather Related Issues

School Closings

The decision to close schools is complex and the safety of our students and staff—especially those waiting at bus stops—is always the most important factor we consider when making the decision. We do not make a decision based on a specific temperature or snowfall benchmark, but rather assess a multitude of factors including temperature, wind chill, amount of snow, road conditions and geography. The National Weather Service is our source for weather information used to make this decision.

Due to the often unpredictable winter weather in Minnesota, we may wait until the morning of each school day before notifying families. However, there may be instances when we make a decision the night before.

In the event of severe weather, the superintendent consults with the district transportation staff who are responsible for monitoring weather forecasts and conditions to ensure that school will be held only during safe transportation conditions. Families should assume that schools are open and in session unless they hear differently.

School may be canceled if:

  • Wind chill and sustained low temperatures are deemed hazardous.
  • Buses are not available due to bus or driver issues.
  • Local road conditions are dangerous or impassable.

Metro districts (even neighboring districts) can experience differing weather and road conditions, so there may be inconsistency among school district closures throughout the metro area. If your student lives in our school district but attends any program in a Northeast Metro 916 school building, please visit 916schools.org to determine whether your student’s school is canceled. If our district is closed but 916 is open, your student may attend school but we are not able to provide transportation. The vast majority of our students do not attend one of these programs.

Families have a choice

As parents/guardians, you always have the option to keep your student at home if you feel conditions are unsafe. We make the best decision we can for the district, but we respect your assessment of what is best for your student. No credit is lost if a parent decides to keep their child home because of the extreme cold or inclement weather. If you choose not to send your student to school, please report the absence to the school office so it will be excused.

Notifications

The decision to close school is usually made no later than 5:30 a.m. Families should assume that school is open unless they hear differently. If schools are closed, families will be notified using one or more of the following:

  • School and district websites
  • Automated text/call via BlackBoard Connect
  • School group emails
  • Facebook and Twitter
  • Local media outlets will also be notified – WCCO Radio (830 AM), WCCO-TV 4 (CBS), KMSP-TV 9 (FOX 9), KSTP-TV 5 (ABC), and KARE-TV 11 (NBC).

Message from the Superintendent

Dear 623 Families:

It is never easy to make the decision to close schools when weather conditions are considered hazardous. I assure you that I take my responsibility very seriously and keep the well-being of all our students and staff in mind when I make such a decision.

While it is my responsibility to decide if Roseville Area Schools will be in session, it is the parent's decision to decide if their child attends school. No credit is lost if a parent decides to keep their child home because of the extreme cold or inclement weather. It is an excused absence from school.

Many families do not have childcare, family leave or the resources to provide a safe setting for their child if school is canceled. In some cases, school has been canceled and parents still drop their children at school or send them to the bus stop because there is no alternative for them. It is also not possible for Roseville to start school later because of the tiered bussing system the district employs.

Please feel free to contact me at 651-628-6452 or aldo.sicoli@isd623.org with questions or concerns. 

Dr. Aldo Sicoli
Superintendent