The safety and well-being of students and staff is one my top priorities and making the decision to close school is not an easy decision.
Before deciding to close school due to extreme winter weather conditions, as the Superintendent, I consult with a variety of experts both inside and outside of the district. This includes neighboring school district superintendents. Our commitment as a school district is to keep families, staff, and the community informed of weather-related closing and cancellations as soon as decisions are made.
Please note that the district continually monitors the forecast from the National Weather Service in order to make decisions. Delayed start times may not always be appropriate due to the forecasted conditions.
Cold Day: As a general rule school will be cancelled if the forecast for 6 a.m. the following morning shows that the wind chill will be -45 degrees Fahrenheit OR the Air Temperature is below -30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Snow Days: As a general rule school will be cancelled if heavy snow and/or icy conditions make it extremely hazardous or impossible for school buses to travel their routes and for employees to get to work safely.
Notification for school cancellations or late starts will occur through the School Messenger system (if you need assistance with School Messenger, please contact the school’s main office). Based upon the preferences that you requested, you may received a phone call, text and/or email from the district. The district will also notify TV stations (KARE11, WCCO, KSTP, FOX9). We will also make every attempt to put notification on the district’s webpage and Facebook pages.
The most important aspect of winter weather is to plan accordingly based upon the forecasted conditions. Students need to be dressed appropriately for the weather so that they stay warm and safe.
Let’s hope that we do not have any more school cancellations this year! We love having your students at school!
Jason Vold, Superintendent
Onamia Public Schools