Winter Weather Guidelines & Information
In the event of an emergency during school hours, or in cases of weather-related changes to the school day, it’s important to know where to find accurate and up-to-date information. When determining whether to close or delay school due to weather conditions, we will examine each weather event on a case-by-case basis. In the morning, if weather causes school to be canceled or delayed, the decision is made by 5:30 a.m. Communication starts as soon as the decision is made.
Here’s how you can stay in the know about urgent situations that may affect Shakopee Public Schools:
- Automated phone calls and email notifications: School closings or delays are communicated through an automated phone calling service and email. Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date to ensure you receive important notifications from the district.
- Check our website. The notice of a school closure, late start or early dismissal will appear on our home page as soon as the decision is made.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- For weather-related changes to the school day, messages will appear on the following television stations: WCCO, KSTP, FOX 9, and KARE 11. We contact news stations immediately after the decision is made, but have no control over when the message airs.
- Emergency Hotline: Call 952-496-8888
- Connected Learning Days (CoLD): This is an opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom. In the event we have a school cancellation due to inclement weather or an unforeseen emergency, Connected Learning Days help us meet our instructional hour requirements. Click here for additional information.
- Student athletes should look for communication from their coaches and the activities office on whether practices are canceled or delayed. The activities office will also post updates on its social media sites, website and, if in school, on its office windows.
- When severe weather affects the regular school day, daytime Community Education activities or classes that meet immediately after school are also canceled. Evening activities may be held if there is significant improvement in weather conditions. In that situation, participants will be contacted by Community Education regarding class status.
The decision to close school is based on road conditions and the weather forecast. Our first priority is student safety. Parents always have the prerogative to keep children home or to pick up children from school if their assessment of the weather situation differs from the school district.
- If school is delayed 2 hours, morning preschool/ECFE classes are canceled.
- If school is delayed 2 hours, all afternoon classes (PACE, preschool, ECFE) and evening classes will be held as scheduled.
- In the event of a 2 hour early release day, afternoon preschool/ECFE/PACE classes will be canceled.
- In the event of a 2 hour late start, The Full day Fours class will still report and adhere to the altered schedule, which is 11:00am to 3:00pm.
- If school is closed due to inclement weather, then ALL Central Family Center programing is canceled.
In the event of a weather-related school change, please look for communication from the YMCA on information related to delays and/or cancellations. Please click here to visit the YMCA website for additional information.