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Winter Weather Plan


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South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) evaluates several factors before choosing to shift to distance learning, close school or cancel activities due to hazardous winter weather. SoWashCo consults with a variety of internal and external experts in order to make the best decision for students, staff and families. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 Winter Weather Plan includes adjustments for student learning. In most cases, students will shift to distance learning depending on the district learning model. In the event that a “Distance Learning Day” is announced for hazardous winter weather, the following will occur:

  • Hybrid learning model: Students will shift to distance learning
  • In-person learning model: Students will shift to distance learning (also known as e-learning in teachers contract)
  • Distance learning model: Students will remain in distance learning
  • Virtual Learning Academy: Students will remain in distance learning

There may be some rare winter storms that require SoWashCo to enter into a Winter Weather Closure (emergency closure). An emergency closure means all learning activities are canceled and district buildings are closed due to hazardous winter weather.

SoWashCo continually monitors the forecast from the National Weather Service in order to make the best decision for students. Additionally, dismissing students early or delaying the start of the school day is not logistically possible.


Distance Learning Day (due to winter weather)

South Washington County Schools may shift to distance learning due to wind chill, snow, ice, hazardous roads or other inclement weather conditions


Winter Weather Closure (emergency closure)

South Washington County Schools may close all district buildings and may cancel schools, programs and all learning activities due to wind chill, snow, ice, hazardous roads or other inclement weather conditions.


Canceling After-School Activities

South Washington County Schools may choose to cancel after-school events and activities due to snow, ice or hazardous weather conditions that are expected to worsen throughout the school day. Afternoon preschool, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) classes and the regular school day will continue as usual.

The decision to cancel after-school activities will be made by 12 noon on the day of cancellation.

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