Emergency School Closings

  • Who makes the decision to close school?  

    In accordance with district policy, all school closings and/or schedule changes are decided by the Superintendent or his designee. The most compelling reason for closing schools will be the safety of students and employees. Decisions to cancel or shorten the regular school day and after school activities shall be made by the superintendent or his designee in consultation with other staff, and may include consultation with local city personnel and neighboring school districts, as appropriate. The Director of Business Services and the Supervisor of Transportation will consult with the Superintendent to ensure facilities are able to receive students and busses are able to run routes. Decisions on school closings and late starts will be made as early as possible – either the night before or as early in the morning as possible.

    Why would the district consider closing or delaying the school day?  

    The decision may be the result of inclement weather, loss of power, water main break and/or other emergency situations that may occur within the district. The Superintendent works with the Director of Business Services to verify the conditions of the roads and the ability for all buses to start and drivers to be able to arrive in time for routes to run. 

    When are decisions made to cancel school?

    Whenever possible, the decision to close school will be made by 5:30 a.m. 

    How will staff/families be notified?

    All school closing information will be communicated by the Director of Communications or designee through:

    • Parent/Staff Notification System (automated voicemail)
    • E-mail
    • District & School websites
    • Social Media
    • Local Media Outlets - WCCO 830-AM (radio), WCCO (Channel 4), KSTP (Channel 5), FOX 9 KMSP and KARE 11 television.  NOTE: local media will identify the District as Edina Public Schools  

    How will the district determine Late Starts and Early Dismissals? 

    Late starts and early dismissals are inherently difficult for many programs and families. With this in mind, administration will do their best to keep these to a minimum. Early dismissals will be determined as conditions dictate. All families should have a contingency plan for their children in the event of school closings. 

    In the event of a late start, morning Early Learning programs and classes (including preschool, ECSE, ECFE, home visits and child care), Kids Club/Wise Guys , and morning adult Community Education classes and programs, are cancelled. Programs resume at noon.  

    What about After School and Evening Activities?  

    Decisions to cancel after school and evening activities will be made by 3 p.m. and will not necessarily be tied to a school closing. This decision will be made by the Superintendent in consultation with the Director of Business Services, Activities Director and Community Education Director. 

    What about Community Education Evening activities? 

    • When school is cancelled, the following programs are also cancelled:
      • KIDS CLUB & WISE Guys
      • Adult and youth enrichment classes
      • Success Center
    • When a Late Start is called, the following are cancelled:
      • Morning KIDS Club/WISE Guys
      • Adult and youth enrichment morning classes held before noon. 
      • Morning Success Center
    • When an Early Dismissal is called, the following are cancelled:
      • Adult and youth enrichment classes held after school and in the evening      
      • Afternoon KIDS Club/WISE Guys
      • Afternoon Success Center

    What about Early Learning Center activities?

    • When school is cancelled, the following programs are also cancelled:
      • Early Learning Center classes, activities and extended learning (child care).
    • When a Late Start is called, the following are cancelled:
      • Morning Early Learning Center classes and programs (preschool, family education, early childhood and ECSE): Classes resume at noon.
      • Extended and all-day pre-k, and extended learning (child care) are cancelled for the entire day.
    • When an Early Dismissal is called, the following are cancelled:
      • Early Learning Center afternoon classes and programs

    What about Weekend Events and/or Facility Rentals?  

    Weekend events and/or facility rentals will be determined by appropriate Community Education and athletic staff and communicated via local media outlets.


Opt in to Text Alerts

  • Opt in to Text Alerts

    The district has the ability to use SMS (text) messaging as another communication channel to share important information with families and staff regarding school closures or changes to the school day schedule. Federal law requires recipients to opt-in to receive such messages.

    1. Text the word “YES” or Y to 67587 from each wireless device on which you wish to receive texts.
    2. Confirm that all text device numbers you wish to receive messages on are listed in your contact information:

    Learn more about receiving text messages from EPS.