Winter Weather Protocol
Minnesota weather is hard to predict, and Princeton Schools considers many variables to help make the decision to cancel or delay school, or to implement an e-learning day. We consult with area school districts, our bus company manager, and our local counties, and we monitor various weather statements, watches and warnings.
We consider several factors when making the decision to close or delay school:
- Can students get to and from school safely?
- Is there strong wind, excessive snowfall, extreme cold, or heavy fog?
- Generally, extreme cold is defined as sustained air temperatures far below zero or sustained wind chills of 40 degrees or more below zero.
- How would student learning be affected by a delay or cancellation?
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.
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. Additionally, we may exercise the option of implementing an e-learning day, which will be communicated in the Skylert message to families.
|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, on the district website at www.isd477.org, and the community digital sign by Coborn's. Additionally, our district Facebook and Twitter accounts will report weather announcements. The coordination of communications during weather emergencies takes the effort of many staff members and therefore we will not respond to weather-related inquiries through social media messaging.