Winter Weather Information

District 192 Winter Weather Information

The closing of school for inclement weather is a serious matter, since this type of decision impacts virtually everyone in the entire district. Safety is the prevailing factor in reaching this decision. After consultation with officials from the bus company and neighboring school district superintendents, a decision on school closure is made as early as possible. 

Parents with child care needs should have alternative arrangements made in advance in case there is a need for a Flexible Learning Day or should weather occur during the day that causes an early release from school. There may be a need to delay the start of school pending improving weather conditions.  This may also necessitate alternative child care arrangements. 
 
If a school closure, delayed opening or early release are implemented, other school events will likely be canceled dependent on the weather forecast and conditions. Please watch the television or visit the district Web site for the latest announcements regarding the status of before and after school activities.
 
It is important to note that a school closing is not a non-school day. Students and teachers are still expected to participate in Flexible Learning Day activities.

When a severe storm hits the area or is forecast, the Superintendent or designee will begin the decision making process as early as 4 am. Contacts will be made with the Weather Bureau, county road crews, and the District’s Buildings and Grounds Department. The District’s bus contractor, Marschall Lines, will be consulted as to the company’s capability to staff its buses and navigate the routes.

Procedure will be as follows when it is necessary to alter the regular school schedule:
 
1. School Closed - Flexible Learning Day
  • Parents/Guardians will receive an automated phone call via the SchoolConnects service.
  • Announcements will be made on radio station WCCO and television stations WCCO, KSTP, KARE, and FOX, and the school district web page, www.farmington.k12.mn.us, prior to 6:30 a.m. that school will be closed. Students should not report to school but should engage in Flexible Learning Activities as assigned.
2. Delayed Start
  • Parents/Guardians will receive an automated phone call via the SchoolConnects service.
  • An announcement will be made on radio station WCCO and television stations WCCO, KSTP, KARE, and FOX and the school district web page, www.farmington.k12.mn.us, prior to 6:30 am.
  • All students and parents will be expected to listen for these announcements and students shall report to school.
  • Rural buses will operate on a schedule to deliver students in time for a late start.
  • Dismissal will be at the regular time.
3. Early Release.
  • Parents/Guardians will receive an automated phone call via the SchoolConnects service.
  • Announcements will be made over radio station WCCO and television stations WCCO, KSTP, KARE, and FOX and the school district web page, www.farmington.k12.mn.us.
  • City students will be sent to their homes before conditions become too difficult.
  • If conditions warrant, bus students will be sent home early.
  • Each rural student shall indicate a home within the city where he/she can stay during inclement weather. If necessary, students will be assigned to homes.

A parent’s or guardian’s decision as to the weather conditions will be honored at all times. If a parent decides that weather conditions are such that his/her child shall not go to school or is to be excused during the school day, please contact the school attendance line for your student(s) and the absence will be marked excused for the time missed.

Parents and teachers are requested not to call the schools for general information because calling the offices ties up the telephone lines that may be needed for emergency communications.

Should you have any questions about these procedures, please feel free to contact your building principal or the Superintendent's Office at (651) 463-5013.