Emergency Closing Procedures

Every decision to close or delay school is made with the understanding that many families need to find alternative care for their children when school is not in session. However, the safety of students, families, and staff is a primary concern when the district makes closure or delayed start decisions. Also, parents and guardians always have the choice to keep their child at home if they are concerned about sending their child to school because of weather conditions.

Superintendent Dave Bernhardson consults with experts inside and outside of the district to make cancellation or delay decisions. When a decision is made to cancel or delay school, ISD 199 will keep families, staff, and community members informed in a variety of ways.

WAYS TO STAY INFORMED
The school district will place an outbound call to all families when a school closure or delay is decided. Information will also be available via:

  • District Website: Visit www.isd199.org
  • District Information Hotline: Call 651-306-7875 for a detailed message
  • Social Media: Find information at www.facebook.com/isd199 or www.twitter.com/isd199 
  • TV: Watch Twin Cities television network affiliate stations. Look for “Inver Grove Heights Schools” in the news crawl
  • Radio: Listen for WCCO-AM (830) to announce “Inver Grove Heights Schools” 

To ensure that you receive an outbound call, please check that your contact information in Infinite Campus is correct and that your preferred email and phone number are marked for “Emergency” and “General Notification.” If everything is correct, please contact your child's school to let them know that you have not received any outbound calls. 

How to Verify and/or Update Your Household Information

  • Log in to Infinite Campus.
  • In the side menu, under the “Family” header, click “Household Information.”
  • In “Household Information,” use “Update Phone Number” and “Update Household Address” to update phone number and address.
  • Click “Send Update” after each update.

How to Verify and/or Update Your Contact Preferences

  • In the side menu under the “User Account” header, click “Contact Preferences.”
  • In “Contact Preferences,” you can verify and/or update your email addresses and make changes to the preferences for each number or email address. The district will use any phone numbers and email addresses you mark for “Emergency” and “General Notification” to contact you about school closings, emergencies, and other important information.
  • Click “Save” after updating. 

WINTER WEATHER & EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
Please use the information below to understand the district’s emergency closing and delay procedures.

SCHOOL DELAYS
If school is delayed, all school buses will operate on a delayed schedule. Morning offerings, preschool classes, and morning and afternoon ECFE and ECSE classes will be cancelled. A decision will be made about evening Early Childhood and Family Education classes later in the day. Families will be notified with an outbound call, and information will also be available at www.isd199.org, 651-306-7875, www.facebook.com/isd199, www.twitter.com/isd199, and on Twin Cities television network affiliate stations and the WCCO-AM (830) radio station.  

WINTER WEATHER CLOSURES
ISD 199 monitors the National Weather Service to make the safest determination for students, families, and staff.

COLD DAY

School closed due to temperature and/or wind chill
  • School will be canceled if the National Weather Service forecast for 6:00 AM on the following morning shows a wind chill of below -35 degrees Fahrenheit OR an air temperature below -25 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The district will aim to make a decision by 6:30 PM the night before the cancelled school day.
  • Families will be notified with a direct call through the district outbound calling system. Information will also be available at 651-306-7875, www.isd199.org, www.facebook.com/isd199, and www.twitter.com/isd199
  • The district will notify local TV and radio stations of closures to be announced on the air.

Cancelled on Cold Days:

  • Classes and programs at all PreK-12 ISD 199 schools
  • Early Childhood and Family Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • After-school programs and extracurricular, activities, except athletics
  • Field trips
  • School events
  • Evening high school
  • Youth community education classes
  • Family engagement activities (e.g. open houses, conferences)

May be Open on Cold Days:

  • Spartan Kids’ Care, which will all be held at Hilltop Elementary School (3201 68th Street East)

Decided on an Individual Basis on Cold Days:

  • Varsity athletics cancelations are decided on an individual basis. Coaches will be in communication will varsity athletes.
  • Adult community education class cancellations are decided by the teacher on cold days.
  • Meetings and activities taking place in district buildings but organized by a non-ISD 199 group, such as a scout meeting, will continue unless the organizer decides to cancel

SNOW DAY

School closed due to snow and/or hazardous road conditions

  • School will be cancelled if heavy snow and/or icy conditions make it extremely hazardous or impossible for buses to drive their routes and for employees to get to work safely.
  • The district will aim to make a decision by 5:30 AM the morning of the cancellation.
  • Families will be notified with a direct call through the district outbound calling system. Information will also be available at 651-306-7875, www.isd199.org, www.facebook.com/isd199, and www.twitter.com/isd199.
  • The district will notify local TV and radio stations of closures to be announced on the air.

If the weather becomes challenging during the school day, schedules may change. Changes would be announced through the outbound call system as well as through the other usual options: the district website, social media, local radio, and television. Families are encouraged to develop a plan with their child to prepare for a possible early dismissal.

Canceled on Snow Days:

  • Classes and programs at all PreK-12 ISD 199 schools
  • Early Childhood and Family Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • After-school programs and extracurricular activities, except athletics
  • Field trips
  • School events
  • Evening high school
  • Area learning centers
  • Adult and youth community education classes
  • Family engagement activities (e.g. open houses, conferences)
  • Spartan Kids’ Care
  • Permits held by outside organizations using the school buildings for meetings and activities are canceled

Decided on an Individual Basis on Snow Days:

  • Varsity athletics cancellations are decided on an individual basis. Coaches will be in communication with varsity athletes.

OTHER EMERGENCIES
School closed or delayed due to dangerous non-winter weather, unforeseeable extenuating circumstances such as a power outage, and the like.

  • The district will notify families about emergency closings or delays not related to winter weather as soon as possible. Families will be notified of any cancelations or delays through the outbound call system. Information will also be available on the district's website and social media.
  • Students will only be released early in the event of an emergency.

  • Families are encouraged to develop a plan with their child to prepare for a possible early dismissal. Keep in mind that students may be evacuated in certain emergency situations and may not be able to go back into the building to get keys or other belongings.