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Winter Weather Protocols

District 196 handles weather-related school schedule changes per district policy, and here is where to find information and how these affect different programs and activities.

District leaders understand these decisions impact many families who need to make alternate arrangements when in-person school is not in session. The overriding concern in making these decisions is the safety of students, staff and others in the community. Several factors are considered, including road conditions and visibility, snow depth, wind chill, the weather forecast for the remainder of the day and the actions of other districts in our area. Generally, if roads are passable and we believe buses will be able to complete their routes with only slight delays, school will be held. 

The superintendent makes these decisions based on what is best for all children in the district. If parents are ever concerned about sending their child to school because of weather conditions, it is always the parents’ choice to keep their child at home.

Weather-Related Schedule Change Protocols for 2022-23 School Year

If the superintendent has to change the normal school schedule due to inclement weather:

  • For the first two inclement weather days (“snow days”) during a school year, there will be no regular classes for all students (including 196Online) and the following activities would also be canceled: School-Age Care (SAC); all daytime and after-school Community Education activities, Adult Basic Education (ABE), Transition Plus, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes; all elementary and middle school after-school and evening activities, and a decision about high school after-school and evening activities, including Community Education, would be made and communicated by mid-afternoon.

  • For the third through seventh inclement weather days during a school year, all students scheduled to have school those days will participate in an E-Learning Day from home (see below). All elementary and middle school after-school and evening activities are canceled; a decision about high school activities will be made and communicated by mid-afternoon.

E-Learning Days

Minnesota law allows school districts to have up to five E-Learning Days per school year to allow students to continue their learning from home when weather conditions make it unsafe to attend school in person. If some students were not scheduled to be in school that day, they do not participate in the E-Learning Day.

Two-Hour Delayed Start

If the opening of school is delayed for weather, school buses operate on a two-hour delayed schedule, meaning students will be picked up at their bus stops two hours later than their normal pickup time. When there is a two-hour delayed start, the following activities are canceled:

  • SAC (morning only);

  • ABE classes (morning only);

  • ECSE and ECFE classes (morning and afternoon);

  • Connections Preschool classes (morning and afternoon), and

  • Community Education activities (morning only).

Communicating Weather-Related Schedule Changes

If the decision is change the school schedule, information is shared in the following ways:

  • Website – A popup will be posted on the district website at and all school websites; this is where the information is available first.

  • District social mediaTwitter (@ISD196Schools) and Facebook (@District196) accounts will have the latest information.

  • Notification phone call – Parents/guardians and staff receive a notification phone call from the superintendent (for a districtwide schedule change) or principal (for an individual school schedule change).

  • Text messaging – Subscribers will receive a text notification. Text "Y" to 67587 to opt in. (Message and data rates may apply.)

  • District information line – Call 651-423-7700 for a recording with information about the schedule change.

  • Local television – Twin Cities television stations broadcast information regarding school schedule changes; look for "Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools."

Snow-related change

If possible, a decision about whether to hold school in person will be made the evening before, or by 5:30 a.m. that day. If the decision is to hold school as scheduled, there is no communication from the district.

Cold Weather-related change

Decisions to change the schedule due to cold weather are made by 6:30 p.m. the night before. District 196 schools will cancel school for cold weather IF the National Weather Service forecast for 6 a.m. the following morning calls for: 

  • Air temperature of -25 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, OR

  • Wind chill of -35 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.

These are dangerously cold conditions where frostbite may occur in less than 10 minutes. If school is canceled for cold weather, the School Age Care (SAC) program is offered at predetermined locations ONLY for families who are currently enrolled in SAC. 

Snow on a school bus