School Closings

When is school closed due to weather?
Winter weather is a part of Northern Minnesota. We want to take this opportunity to provide you with information about how decisions are made and communicated when the weather is severe enough for school closure. The safety of our students is always our top priority. There is much thought and investment put into a decision to close school.

How do we decide whether or not to close due to snow, ice and/or extreme cold?
NLCS draws from eight different school districts, which often makes weather- related closures difficult. NLCS monitors weather conditions beginning early the night before and monitoring throughout the next morning. We consult with meteorologists, surrounding superintendents, transportation providers, and key staff. NLCS tries to make the decision whether to close school by 5:45 a.m. or earlier in order to communicate with families in a timely manner.

How can you find out if schools are closed?
On days when the weather is bad, tune into WDIO Channel 10/13 or visit wdio.com. NLCS will also create an all call message to our families announcing the closure. Families need to make sure they keep an updated phone number on file with the school to ensure they receive all messages.

Will school dismiss early on days when the weather is bad?
NLCS could dismiss early should the weather suggest unsafe circumstances. NLCS will work closely with transportation providers to make this decision. A phone message will sent through our all call system. Families need to make sure they keep an updated phone number on file with the school to ensure they receive all messages.

We appreciate your understanding of the difficulties in making this decision, and your support in helping your child get to school safely on winter days. Please know that the safety of all of our students is our first priority when making all weather-related decisions. If your schedule allows and if you feel your child will be safer at home, you can call the school or pick your child up before the end of the school day.