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Severe Weather

It is always our hope for learning to continue unless it is unsafe to do so. This page provides guidance for severe weather. We continually monitor the forecast from the National Weather Service. In the event that conditions appear to be hazardous:

  • A severe weather meeting is called which includes staff from Transportation, Operations, Communications, the Superintendent’s Office, Athletics, Community Education and other departments as necessary. 
  • We consult with neighboring school districts and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). 
  • Our transportation team monitors the road conditions, including physical checks.
  • The group makes a recommendation to the superintendent on whether or not school should be closed and determines the impact of closing schools.
  • The superintendent makes the final decision based on the following factors:
    • safety and well-being of students and staff, 
    • severity of the weather (extreme cold, flooding, heat, etc.), 
    • timing of the weather (overnight, during the school day, etc.) and 
    • ability of buses and cars to travel safely. 

Full-day school building closure decisions are made no later than 5:30 a.m. the day of the closure. When a school is closed or moves to e-learning: 

  • Buildings are also closed to the public. 
  • After-school activities including Minneapolis Kids and athletics are also canceled. 
  • The Communications Department notifies families if schools will be closed or move to e-learning.  


If schools will be closed or move to e-learning, notification is sent by: 

  • Robocalls, texts and emails 
  • The district website 
  • Local television news
  • Social media (Facebook and Instagram)  

It is important that schools have the most up-to-date contact information for families in Infinite Campus. Note: if your profile is marked “private” in Infinite Campus, or if no contact is marked as guardian, you will not receive messages from MPS. Contact your school to make updates to your Infinite Campus profile.

Food Resources

For a list of community food resources when our school buildings are closed, visit the City of Minneapolis website.

Winter Weather

For the 2023-24 school year, e-learning will only be used on severe weather days for schools (and some grade levels at certain schools) at risk of falling below state-required instructional hours if school is canceled due to weather. 

  • Schools that won’t be short on instructional hours if they close (all elementary schools and some high schools) will be closed on severe weather days and will not move to e-learning.
    • If we have many severe weather days and get close to the state requirements for instructional hours, it is possible that even these schools may need to move to e-learning.
  • Other schools (all middle schools including those at K-8 schools and some high schools) will have e-learning days in the event of severe weather so that they can meet state requirements for instructional hours. 

The State of Minnesota has approved up to five e-learning days for school districts annually.

Schools that will move to e-learning on severe weather days due to winter weather

  • Anderson
  • Anthony
  • Anwatin
  • Ella Baker - grades 6-8 only
  • Franklin
  • Harrison
  • Heritage
  • Justice Page
  • Longfellow
  • MACC
  • Metro Education Services - grades 6-12 only
  • MPS Online - grades 6-12 only
  • North
  • Northeast
  • Olson
  • River Bend - grades 6-8 only
  • Sanford
  • South
  • Stadium View
  • Sullivan - grades 6-8 only
  • Washburn
  • Wellstone

Schools that will be closed on severe weather days due to winter weather

  • Adult Education
  • Anishinabe
  • Anishinabe
  • Armatage
  • Bancroft
  • Barton
  • Bethune
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Burroughs
  • Cityview
  • Dowling
  • Edison
  • Ella Baker - pre-K - 5 only
  • Emerson
  • FAIR
  • Field
  • Folwell
  • Green Central
  • Hale
  • Hall
  • Henry
  • Hiawatha
  • Hmong International Academy
  • Howe
  • Jenny Lind
  • Kenny
  • Kenwood
  • Lake Harriet Lower
  • Lake Harriet Upper
  • Lake Nokomis Keewaydin
  • Lake Nokomis Wenonah
  • Las Estrellas
  • Loring
  • Lucy Laney
  • Lyndale
  • Marcy
  • MPS Online (K-5 only)
  • Nellie Stone
  • Northrop
  • Pillsbury
  • Pratt
  • Roosevelt
  • Seward
  • Southwest
  • Sullivan - pre-K - 5 only
  • Waite Park
  • Webster
  • Whittier
  • Windom

Severe Heat

In the event that it is unsafe to hold school and we move to either e-learning or close school, it is typically due to the heat index. The heat index, also known as the apparent temperature, is what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature.

Many of our buildings are fully air-conditioned, so they are not impacted by severe heat. 

Schools that are in danger of falling below the state-required instructional hours, may have to move to e-learning on severe weather heat days, while some others would be closed.

Schools that move to e-learning on severe heat weather days

  • Anthony
  • Anwatin 
  • Longfellow

Schools that close on severe heat weather days

  • Field
  • Hiawatha
  • Kenwood
  • Roosevelt
  • Northrop
  • Lake Harriet Upper

On severe heat days, all of these buildings will be closed to the public. All after-school activities and Minneapolis Kids for not fully air-conditioned schools are canceled. 

All other schools will continue with in-person learning at their school sites on severe heat days.

When schools are closed or are e-learning due to severe heat, families can pick up cold picnic lunches from their schools if needed and should contact their schools for more information.

Preparing for E-learning

Technology is a key component of e-learning. Take steps to ensure your student has both a device and internet connection.
  • Devices should be brought to and from school every day. This makes sure that students have their devices at home with them each evening if e-learning is needed. Every student who needs one should have been assigned a device that allows them to connect to an online learning platform, such as Seesaw or Google Classroom. Contact your school if you have questions about this. 
  • Internet service at your home should be available for your student. If your home is not currently connected to the internet, consider:
    • The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a low-cost program to help households pay for internet service and get a discount on a device.
    • Contacting your school about alternative internet options such as a hotspot. MPS has limited hotspot availability, so other options should be explored first.
  • Contact the technology help desk if you are having trouble with an app or device at 612-668-0088.
  • E-learning day schedules are different from an in-person school day. E-learning day activities focus on enrichment, review and extension of in-person learning. 
  • Attendance will be taken on e-learning days. Families should follow school instructions for reporting an absence when their student will not be able to participate in e-learning. All absences will be excused due to weather.