When forecasts call for Winter Weather Advisories or Winter Storm Warnings we start to watch the weather very closely. As Sibley East Superintendent, I along with our Transportation Director, review weather conditions by computer, listen to the weather scanner and travel the district’s roadways prior to 6:00 a.m. to assure the roads are passable and safe for bus and student travel. Very often, additional communications will take place with neighboring districts, county and state officials.

Cold also becomes a factor in winter weather decisions. Wind chill temperature, actual temperature and frostbite time frames are taken into consideration when making a decision to stay open or closed. If wind chill temperature projections indicate frostbite times of 10 to 30 minutes (-25 to-35) it will be my recommendation to hold school as planned provided other issues such as snowfall, visibility & road conditions are acceptable. If temperatures exceed this range school may be delayed or closed.

We ask that parents pay special attention to proper clothing for their children during the winter season and especially during these very cold conditions. All students should have proper winter apparel including mittens and hat before leaving for school or the bus stop. If the decision is made to hold school on days of negative wind chills or excessive snow fall it is the parent’s final responsibility to determine whether it is safe for their child to go to school. Throughout our district, we have so many different family circumstances that a single decision by the superintendent may not properly respond to the conditions of a particular family or location. If parents elect to hold their children home due to inclement weather, the absence will be considered an excused absence. Please call our district office on that morning to alert us of your student’s absence.

The following media outlets are notified of delays and/or cancellations: Radio-WCCO (830), KNUJ (860), KRBI (105.5 FM), KYSM (103.5 FM), KQYK (95.7 FM), KARP (106.9 FM), KDUZ (1260 AM),

TV- WCCO (Channel 4), KSTP (Channel 5), KMSP (FOX 9), KARE (Channel 11) KEYC (Channel 12).

Instant alerts via phone and text messages can also be set up through the Sibley East Infinite Campus Parent Portal. District office staff can direct you how to make changes in this notification system.

If you have questions, concerns, or comments regarding Sibley East Schools please feel free to contact me at the district office 507-964-8224 or email

Jim Amsden, Superintendent


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