WEATHER CLOSURE GUIDELINES
The District will cancel school if it is determined that it is unsafe for students and staff to travel to school. The Superintendent will make a decision to close schools in collaboration with Benjamin Bus Company if there is excessive snow, temperatures drop to an unsafe/dangerous low, streets/roads are not safe for buses, or if it is determined that buses will not operate dependably. The decision will typically be made prior to 5:45 a.m. in order to provide adequate notification for commuting families and our students who ride buses. Students should not report to school.
Decisions to close schools or alter schedules for students are made to insure the safety of students based on information available. It is important to remind students, staff, parents/guardians, and District residents of the school closing procedures and communications to insure student safety and a safe winter for all.
We will focus on the safety of our students, and more specifically, on the safety of children who are waiting at bus stops or walking to school during the decision making process. If parents/guardians disagree with the District’s decision to have school, they may always keep their children home, and it would be marked as an excused absence.
Factors used for deciding on closing school for severely cold weather are based on the National Weather Service’s wind chill forecast and their corresponding frostbite guideline chart (see below). Consideration to delay the start of school or cancel school will be triggered if the National Weather Service projects a 6:30 a.m. wind chill temperature of -35°F to -40°F, or greater, with a corresponding frostbite stage in the 5-10 minute range. The decision will also be made if there is a combination of dangerous road conditions and a wind chill that is very cold, but may not be in the above noted threshold.
Should it be determined to start school late, the District will use the same notification system and timelines as those used for a school closure. Buses will operate on a schedule to deliver students in time for a late start and dismissal will be at the regular time. Note: on a late start, breakfast will not be served at any building.
ATHLETICS / ACTIVITIES
If school is cancelled all day, it is at the discretion of the Activities Director and Superintendent to hold varsity practices and contests. Information about cancellations will be shared on the district’s website (www.jordan.k12.mn.us), Activities Twitter account (https://twitter.com/JordanSchoolsAD), or through our email/phone notification system. If school is cancelled during the day, all activities hosted by the District will likely be cancelled for that afternoon/evening.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION (to include PRESCHOOL AND KIDS' COMPANY)
If schools are closed for the day, all daytime and after school Community Education activities (including Kids’ Company and Early Explorers Preschool) are cancelled. A decision about Community Education evening activities will be made by mid-afternoon and communicated via the district’s website (www.jordan.k12.mn.us) or Community Education Webpage (https://www.jordan.k12.mn.us/commed).
- EARLY EXPLORERS PRESCHOOL: In the case of a late start, all MORNING ONLY classes will be cancelled. All-day classes will follow the 2-hour late start schedule. If schools closes early due to inclement weather or are closed for the day, all preschool programs are cancelled.
- KIDS’ COMPANY: In the case of a late start, Kids’ Company will open at regular hours (6am). If school closes early due to inclement weather, parents/guardians will be asked to pick up their child within one hour of the adjusted school closing time. If school is cancelled for the day, Kids’ Company will also be closed.
The District will notify families directly using Twitter (https://twitter.com/ISD717), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ISD717), the District Website (www.jordan.k12.mn.us), and our Blackboard Notification system (email/voice). Parents/guardians should make sure phone numbers and email addresses are accurately entered into their Infinite Campus Parent Portal to insure phone calls and messages will be delivered correctly. If you don’t receive notifications, please contact an appropriate building secretary or the District Office. Announcements will also be made on WCCO-TV, KSTP-TV, KARE 11, FOX 9 TV, KCHK Radio, and WCCO 830 AM Radio. The District’s Website (www.jordan.k12.mn.us) and social media accounts are updated to reflect school closing information as soon as possible after the announcements is made. We ask that, except in an emergency, families please not call the school office because phone lines are needed for administrative use. An exception is if there is an emergency that the District should be made aware of immediately.