• Many times throughout the school year, the superintendent has to make a difficult decision whether or not to cancel school, delay the start of school, or release students early from school due to weather and emergency situations.  This page has been designed to provide parents information around school closings. 
     

    Who Makes the Decision to Close?

    The superintendent is ultimately responsible for making a decision to close, delay or release early. In his/her absence, a designated member of the administration team makes the decision. 
     

    What Factors are Considered?

    • Current and forecasted weather conditions
    • Safety of students - this includes the ability of buses to start and run routes, the distance of students who may have to walk, etc.
    • Increased loss of learning time for students
    • Students who rely on the district to provide breakfast and lunch
    • Parents who are not paid for lost workdays or are out of sick/personal time off

    Do You Consult With Other School Districts?

    When considering to delay or close, Big Lake Schools consults Becker, Monticello and St. Michael/Albertville schools because they are the closest school districts to us that are similar in population and experience similar temperatures and weather conditions. 
     

    When Are Decisions to Cancel or Delay Made?

     Decisions are made as early as possible - either the night before or early in the morning. 
     

    How Are Parents Notified?

    • Parents can opt-in to receiving an email and/or text alert via their Infinite Campus Parent Portal
    • Website - an announcement will be posted on the main district site
    • Social Media - a post will be made on the district's Facebook page
    • Local Media Outlets - WCCO, KARE 11, KSTP and FOX 9 KMSP

    What About Kids Club, Community Education, Preschool and Activities?

    • When school is canceled the day before:
      • Kids Club is canceled
      • All Community Education and ECFE/ECSE classes are canceled
      • All after-school activities are canceled 
      • Preschool is canceled
    • When school is canceled the day of:
      • Kids Club is open
      • All Community Education and ECFE/ECSE classes are canceled
      • All after-school activities are canceled 
      • Preschool is canceled
    • When a late start is in effect:
      •  Kids Club opens on time
      • AM preschool is canceled
      • AM Community Education and ECFE/ECSE classes are canceled
      • After-school activities will occur
    • When an early dismissal is in effect:
      • Kids Club remains open to regular closing time
      • PM preschool is canceled
      • PM Community Education and ECFE/ECSE classes are canceled
      • After-school activities are canceled