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The decision to close schools due to extreme weather is a complicated one. Throughout the entire process, the safety of our students and staff members is paramount. Canceling school is an exception and we do everything possible to keep schools open. The superintendent confers with numerous administrators to determine the best course of action before making a decision.
Canceling school affects students. Our schools provide students with a safe and stable place to learn. Some students rely on the school district for breakfast and lunch meals. We also understand that canceling school may cause some families hardships related to finding or accessing childcare. The criteria we consider when making a decision include: the safety and well-being of students and staff; severity of the weather (extreme cold, flooding, etc.); timing of weather (overnight, weekend, etc.); and the ability for buses and cars to traverse the roads.
Staff members work throughout the evening and early morning each severe weather day to ensure that buses will run at or near schedule and that students will be safe. Transportation staff members work closely with bus vendors to ensure the buses are ready for cold weather situations.
MPS respects the decision of some parents to keep their children home from school due to the weather. Absences and late arrivals related to the weather conditions will be excused as long as parents follow their school’s procedure for excused absences.
Here’s more information about school closures and all that goes into this complex decision: