School Closing & Alerts
With the first snowfall in the books, we wanted to remind families of our winter weather information. Minnesota winters seem to create the potential for severe weather warranting school closings or delays nearly daily. We take the responsibility for each weather call very seriously despite the decisions being far from straightforward.
Our goal is to make the “right” call when it comes to closings and delays. Many variables are considered when attempting to best ensure the safety of students and staff as we attempt to accommodate all of the families in the District. Weather-related decisions in a District with a land-area of nearly 165 square miles with varying land features from Chisago City to Taylors Falls will not always seem perfect. The status of neighboring districts may even be different. Keep in mind, we will do what we deem to be best for Chisago Lakes. Ultimately, a student’s attendance at school is a parent or guardian’s decision. If parents and guardians feel it is unsafe for their child to travel to school, the absence will be excused.
Last year, Chisago Lakes School District added e-learning days as another tool we can use for inclement weather. We will continue to have three traditional snow days with no school and no academic expectations. We would implement e-learning days as needed for any inclement weather days beyond the three snow days.
E-learning will continue that day at home through activities and assignments provided by each student’s teacher. This learning can take place through online tools or using offline printed materials. Implementing e-learning days allows the learning to continue and better protects our calendars from the need to make up snow days at the end of a school year or during spring break. While e-learning days can not replace the face-to-face time students have with their teachers, it can help us maintain student learning due to unforeseen circumstances.
E-learning days will be announced using the same communications methods we use for school cancellations - phone calls, website alerts, social media and news outlets.
Information on what an e-learning day looks like, student expectations and attendance can all be found by clicking here. Additional information on grade specifics will be sent through building principal weekly communications.
We will send out reminder emails once we are closer to utilizing e-learning days.
Now is a great time to update your contact information in ParentVUE for weather-related school messages!
As a parent or guardian, you can update your contact information online thorough ParentVUE or by calling your child’s school. Early Childhood contact information can only be updated by phone. You only need to update your information once for all of your children.
To update your contact information by phone, please call the school’s main phone line or number listed below.
- High School: Lisa Lund, 213-2510, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Middle School: Courtney Daugs, 213-2443, email@example.com
- Taylors Falls: Alicia DeNio, 213-2102, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lakeside: Barb Nelson, 213-2302, email@example.com
- Primary School: Amy Odland, 213-2202, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pathway & SOAR: Dana Stachowski, 213-2071, email@example.com
- Early Childhood: Jessica Hansen, 213-2282, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Where can I get information regarding school closings and delays due to the weather?
- What time does my child’s school start when there is a two-hour delay?
- Will we still have snow days with the implementation of e-learning?
- What if the weather worsens during the day?
- How will I know if other programs, activities, field trips or Community Education events are canceled?
- Will the Wildcat Community Center be open?