South Washington County Schools

Important information about school closings

District 833 has procedures in place on how the decision to close school is made. Because all situations vary, the following are guidelines for parents to understand the decision-making process on severe weather days.

The most compelling reason for school closings and/or schedule changes is the safety of students and employees. Decisions to cancel or shorten the regular school day and after school activities will be made by the Superintendent or his designee in consultation with other staff, and may include consultation with district transportation, city personnel and neighboring school districts as appropriate. Decisions on school closings and late starts will be made as early as possible, either the night before or as early in the morning as possible.

All school closing information will be shared by the district’s Communications Department through:

  • All-district phone call and email through the new Blackboard Connect notification system;
  • District website;
  • District listservs (Info to Go and Urgent Messages);
  • District’s Facebook and Twitter sites;
  • District cable channel 15; and 
  • Local television stations (listed as South Washington County Schools).

Late starts and early dismissals are inherently difficult for many programs and we realize the impact on parents. With this in mind, administration will do their best to keep these to a minimum. Early dismissals will be determined as conditions dictate. All families should have a contingency plan for their children in the event of school closings. Elementary families are encouraged to have a plan on file with the school so that staff will know how to direct their children in these situations.