Closing Policy for Winter Weather and Other Emergencies
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, counties, 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 close schools. 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 at Sibley East Public Schools 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 before leaving for school or the bus stop.
Throughout our district, we have so many different family circumstances that a single decision to stay open or close schools may not properly respond to the conditions of a particular family or location. If the decision is made to hold school on days of negative wind chills or excessive snowfall, it is the parent’s final responsibility to determine whether it is safe for their child to go to school. If parents elect to hold their children home due to inclement weather, they are asked to please call the student's main office on that morning to alert us of their absence.
Notifications Due to Weather or Other Emergencies
Media Outlets notified of delays and/or cancellations:
TV - WCCO (Channel 4), KSTP (Channel 5), KMSP (FOX 9), KARE (Channel 11) KEYC (Channel 12).
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Emergency Closure?
What if school is closed or delayed before the school day begins?
If you have questions, concerns, or comments regarding Sibley East Schools please feel free to contact the district office 507-964-8227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Joe Libby, Superintendent
Sibley East Public Schools
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