How Weather Delays and Cancellations are Determined

  • This winter will be a return to normal winter procedures and schools will not be allowed to have virtual snow days. We will return to calling winter-related late starts if needed, and in the event of a closure, we will not have school. 

    Living in Iowa has its challenges in the winter and sometimes it may be necessary to delay or cancel school in order to ensure the safety of our students. The district always strives to make decisions affecting the school schedule as soon as possible.  We know our decision to close schools in poor weather has a big effect on families. We also believe students benefit both academically and socially by being in school. We try to balance many factors when it comes to decisions regarding school closings.

    Any decisions to delay or cancel will be made by 5:30 a.m.

    Official District Sources:

    To provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date information, we always recommend checking with official district resources first for delay and cancellation information:

    • District mobile app notifications.
    • Blackboard: District families and staff will receive a phone call, email and/or text message to the informaiton we have on file, unless you have opted out. (NOTE: To receive phone calls, emails or text messages directly from the district's notification system, you must be in the district's student information system as a parent/guardian).
    • Websites (
    • The district Facebook and Twitter accounts.
    • Television: KCRG-TV9, CBS-2/FOX 28, and  KWWL-7

    How do we make our decision?

    Our decision to open or close the schools in poor weather is based on a variety of factors:

    • Information on road conditions gathered from CCA transportation staff, highway patrol and county roads departments. Our district covers 175 miles and we consider all of the roads in the district. Even if your street or road looks clear, travel elsewhere in the district may be dangerous. Additionally, we factor in the safety of high school students that may be driving to school.
    • Amount of snow and ice accumulated, predicted duration of any precipitation, along with the temperature and wind chill (generally the 30 minute range). We recognize some students walk to school and some wait outside for the bus.
    • Building and parking lot conditions. We confirm that we have heat, electricity, and water, and confer with maintenance staff members who are responsible for clearing and treating school parking lots and sidewalks.
    • What other school districts are doing. We share information among schools as part of the decision making process.
    • Weather predictions. We consider weather predictions, and often consult with area meteorologists.

    wind chill chart

    Who makes the decision?

    The school district Superintendent is responsible for making the delay or closing decision.

    Will we close school if conditions worsen? 

    Once we make the decision to open the schools, many parents rely on it and may already have left for work. Once in school, we will typically keep students through the day. In extreme conditions, we may need to have an early dismissal, but we will provide notice as indicated above.

    Parent Decision

    If you do not feel as though it is safe for your child to attend school, use your best judgment and the school will support your decision. Students missing school for weather related reasons will be counted as an excused absence and will be allowed to make up school assignments.

    Make-up Days

    If the number of weather-related cancellations requires days to be made up to complete the state-and Board-mandated number of instruction hours, we will add make-up dates to end of the District calendar and we will alert parents and guardians about the calendar change.