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Winter is coming and when weather is severe, we want you to know how we will make decisions about closing any in-person programming in MMSD buildings. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority, and we always follow a set of guidelines to make decisions about whether school will be open or closed.

The district must make a decision that is the best for all students. We realize, at times, our decisions may not fit with your individual circumstances. Therefore, we encourage and strongly support you in making the decision that is best for your child(ren). You are always the best judge of their health and safety.

kids playing in the snowHow can you find out if schools are closed?

On days when the weather is bad, listen to any local radio or television station for information about school closing, and check our district social media channels (links also at top of this page) or our website at mmsd.org. Even though the majority of our staff and students are teaching and learning virtually, we will continue to close buildings in extreme weather and we will continue to notify the news media of weather closings. Unless noted otherwise, virtual learning will continue uninterrupted by weather closings. 

We try to keep in-person programming open

We try to keep in-person programming like special education services and MSCR Cares childcare open if it’s safe to do so. However, families can always make the decision to keep their child(ren) at home in bad weather.

How do we decide whether or not to close due to snow, ice and/or extreme cold?

The district monitors weather conditions and consults with meteorologists, the City of Madison, Madison Police and transportation providers. We will consider closing schools at negative 25 degrees.

We use this information to consider closing buildings in cases of extreme cold, snow or other hazardous conditions. To help our families and staff plan for any closures, we make every effort to make a decision on closing by 9pm the evening prior.

When schools are closed, are other activities canceled as well?

When Madison schools are closed for the day, it also means that all activities scheduled in school buildings for that day are canceled.

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