Metro Area School Closings
St. Cloud Area Schools (District 742), Sauk Rapids-Rice (District 47), and Sartell-St. Stephen (District 748)
The three major St. Cloud metro area school districts will work with one another again this winter on weather related emergencies. In a renewed effort to gather accurate weather information, the school districts 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 districts on closing decisions.
Minnesota weather is sometimes difficult to predict; it is essential that parents/guardians anticipate and prepare for school closings, delayed openings, and early dismissals. The three metro area public school districts and parochial school systems follow a coordinated plan to better ensure the safety of our children. 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 late start, full day cancelation or an early dismissal from school.
Heavy snowfall, ice storms, extreme cold, and strong winds are not the only contributors to an emergency weather 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.
Safe Students / Informed Parents
In any weather emergency, the main objective is to provide protection and a safe environment for students. St. Cloud Area Schools, Sauk Rapids-Rice, and Sartell-St. Stephen will be using a coordinated, weather-related emergency-closing plan again this year. This means that public and parochial schools in all three districts will close (or remain open) according to the same winter emergency schedule. Radio stations and news services will be contacted on behalf of each district, but area residents should recognize that the three districts are working together on these weather related decisions.
Emergency Closing Procedures
- The three metro area superintendents will make every effort to announce school closings or late starts by 10:00 p.m. the night before severe weather and/or as soon as information becomes available.
- When a morning emergency closing or a late start is required, every effort will be made to make and communicate the decision by 5:30 a.m.
- In the event of an early dismissal or a school closing, student activities and practices, including KIDSTOP, Kids Club in Rice, Community Education classes, Adult Basic Education, Early Childhood classes, and Area Learning Center classes will typically be canceled.