Weather, Emergencies, and School Closures
Snow and inclement weather can create confusion for all of us when it affects the school schedule. As emergency weather days often come at the last minute, it is important to be prepared to transition to remote learning.
Please keep in mind, while you may not agree with our weather-related closures, our district services students in a radius of nearly 400 square miles! This means weather and road conditions may vary significantly across our district. We do not take school closures lightly and understand the impact closure has on many families in our community. However, the safety of all our students and staff remains our priority.
The easiest way to find out about possible closures or delayed starts is to check the MLSD website homepage www.mlsd161.org
School buildings, facilities, and transportation may be closed due to inclement or extreme weather (poor air quality, freezing rain, snow, freezing temperatures, wind chills, etc.).
In the case of a building closure, school will continue as a Remote Learning "Flex" day. This will alleviate our need for makeup days and canceled school days.
Students should be prepared by making a habit of bringing Chromebooks home every day as well as any other necessary supplies. Attendance will be accounted for and additional instructions and information will be delivered from their school and/or teachers via Remind or Google Classroom.
Free meals will be available at all schools from 11:00am–12:00pm.
Because of the possibility of children coming home to locked houses, we will make every effort not to close schools early. However, under severe emergency conditions, we may need to proceed with early closure. Early closure will be announced on local radio stations and our phone messaging system.
When bad weather occurs...
- Listen to local radio or TV stations
- Dress your children warmly
- Provide a way for children to enter the home if buses run late or school closes early
Parents are always the decision-maker for their children. If the weather conditions are such that you feel your child should not attend school but school is open, please be sure to make an attendance call.
Local Radio Stations
- KBSN AM 1470
- KDRM FM 99.3
- KULE AM 730
- KULE FM 95.9
- KWIQ AM 1020
- KWIQ FM 100.3
- KWWW FM 96.7
- KZML 95.9 FM Spanish
- LWLN 103.3 FM Spanish
- KRCW 96.3 Spanish
- KPQ 560AM
The major television stations from Spokane also broadcast this information.
For the most up to date information, visit the following links:
Or you can call 509 793-7200 for a recorded message.