Winter Weather Plan

Winter Weather Plan
Posted on 12/03/2019
Winter Weather

As we move into the winter season, it is important for parents and students to be aware of our winter weather plan. Montevideo Public Schools uses JMC’s instant messaging system, a system that is tied to our student information system. We will utilize this system to make weather-related calls to parents, students and staff of Montevideo Schools. In addition, we will broadcast weather-related announcements on KDMA/KMGM radio in Montevideo and WCCO radio in Minneapolis. In addition, WCCO, KARE 11, KSTP, and KMSP television stations will be used, and announcements will be posted on the school district website and Facebook and Twitter pages.

Whenever possible, late start or school closing announcements and phone calls will be made before 10:00 p.m. on the night before or between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. that morning. If there is a late start, parents and students are encouraged to continue listening for updates in case it becomes necessary to change the start time or close for the day.

It is important for all parents to remember that whenever the weather is bad, the ultimate decision on whether or not a child should go to school rests with the parents. If a parent feels that due to the road conditions, temperature, wind chill, weather forecast, etc., they are not comfortable sending their child to school, we will respect that decision. We ask, however, that parents notify the principal's office in the building where the child attends.

Finally, remember that children should be dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.

E-Learning Days - In the event that we have a "snow day" (a day when school is cancelled for the entire day), we will utilize the MDE approved e-learning days as the means through which the initial five "snow days" would be addressed. In the event that we have a severe winter, with more than five snow days, the administration and school board will develop a plan for addressing the additional days missed.