Winter Weather Information 21-22

Whether we are ready for it or not, winter weather is upon us!  We would like to remind families of the protocols we follow during inclement weather.  Princeton Schools works with neighboring school districts, Mille Lacs and Sherburne counties, and Palmer Bus Company’s Transportation Manager to make decisions on school closings, delays and early dismissals.  Often, Minnesota weather is difficult to predict and our district strives to be prepared, but ultimately the safety of our children is our biggest priority.

We consider several factors when making the decision to close or delay school which may include: heavy snowfall, ice, fog, wind, and extreme cold.  Generally, extreme cold is defined as sustained air temperatures far below zero or sustained wind chills of 40 degrees or more below zero.

Safe Students / Informed Parents

In any weather emergency, the main objective is to provide protection and a safe environment for students. Once a decision has been reached, radio stations and news services will be contacted on behalf of the district, and the district will send out a Skylert message to families.  Whenever possible, we will exercise the option of implementing an e-learning day, which will be communicated in the Skylert message to families.

Emergency Closing Procedures

  • Whenever possible the superintendent will announce school closings or late starts as early as the night before severe weather, if information is available.

  • When an emergency closing or a late start is required, every effort will be made to reach a decision by 5:30 a.m. We will make the announcement using the following methods:

    • Our district website: www.isd477.org

    • Skylert (phone, email & SMS message)

    • Local news outlets

    • Social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter). Please note we are unable to respond to messages (“DM”) received via social media during weather emergencies.

  • In the event of an early dismissal or a school closing, all student activities and practices, including Community Education classes, facility permits, Early Childhood classes, and Adult Basic Education class will be canceled. Tiger Club will close two hours after buses depart from the schools.

Skylert & Family Access

We utilize our phone, email and text alert system called Skylert to enhance communication during weather events that impact our schools.  Now is a great time to review your contact information in Skyward Family Access!  You may either update your contact information in Skyward Family Access at isd477.org/family-logins or by calling your child’s school. Additionally, we strongly recommend that you add superintendent@isd477.org and transportation @isd477.org to your email address book to ensure alert messages go to your inbox and not spam.

Radio and TV Announcements

Announcements regarding school closings, delayed openings, or early dismissals will be made on the following radio and television stations:

Station

AM/TV

Station

FM

WJON Radio

1240

BIGQ Radio

95.9

KXSS Radio

1390

WWJO Radio

98.1

KNSI Radio

1450

KMXK Radio

94.9

KASM Radio

1150

KKSR Radio

96.7

WCCO Radio

830

KLZZ Radio

103.7

KBECK Radio

1800

KCLD Radio

104.7

WCCO TV

Channel 4

KZPK Radio

98.9

KSTP TV

Channel 5

KCML Radio

99.9

KMSP TV

Channel 9

KLCI Radio

91.5

KARE 11-TV

Channel 11

   


In addition to these radio and television outlets, weather alerts are announced on the Union-Times website at www.unionandtimes.com and on the district website at www.isd477.org. Additionally, our district Facebook and Twitter accounts will report weather announcements.

Winter weather and emergency situations are not predictable, and they may happen at any time. The purpose of the weather-related closing plan is to assist parents/guardians and students to be better prepared to deal with emergency situations and reduce their effects.  Parents are encouraged to plan and prepare for emergency closings.

Ultimately the decision to send your child to school is yours as a parent. If we hold school and you are uncomfortable sending your child to school due to weather conditions, please contact your school and we will count the absence as excused.

We appreciate your partnership while we navigate winter weather!

Sincerely, 

Princeton Public Schools

  • district
  • Tiger Times

Other News

Whether we are ready for it or not, winter weather is upon us!  We would like to remind families of the protocols we follow during inclement weather. 

As you are aware, the CDC has recommended the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. Our schools are not requiring or providing vaccines. We encourage all families to contact your healthcare provider or our local public health department if you are interested in getting the COVID Vaccine.

As a tutor for AmeriCorps, you could help Princeton students build the skills they need to thrive in math and literacy. Tutors work with students one-on-one or in small groups, and are paid a stipend every two weeks. Comprehensive training is provided, and tutors may also be eligible for child care assistance and free health insurance.