July 17 Update:
Our MMSD Weather Team has been closely monitoring the weather for later this week. Given the high temperatures starting today and into the rest of the week, the Madison Metropolitan School District will close all summer school programs on Friday, July 19. The district made the decision to close all programs to ensure the safety of students and staff.
All summer school programs, enrichment courses, extended school year (ESY) and afternoon Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) SREC and YRC programs at summer school sites will be canceled. To find out the status of all other MSCR programs please check the MSCR website or call 608-204-3000.
For daycare programs housed at MMSD sites, families should contact their daycare provider for specific information.
We will be keeping all programming open on Thursday July, 18. All sites will implement their cool weather plans to address the warm buildings throughout the afternoon. Staff will make use of extra fans, ensure students stay hydrated, adjust plans in the classroom, and access air conditioned or cooler spaces in the building throughout the day. We encourage you to dress your children in comfortable, lightweight clothing and bring water bottles to school.
We recognize that families always have the right to make the best decision for their own child and keep their child home if they choose due to temperatures. If you wish to not send your student on Thursday, they will not be penalized for missing school. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s Summer School site. Contact information can be found here.
How do we decide whether to close due to extreme heat?
The National Weather Service guidelines inform our decision. Generally, during the regular school year, schools will remain open when a Heat Advisory or Excessive Heat Watch is issued. Schools will close when an Excessive Heat Warning is issued.
You can find criteria for these designations at weather.gov/safety/heat-ww.
Here is what you should know about weather decisions:
When weather is severe, we want you to know how we will make decisions about closing school. The safety of our students 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.
We try to keep schools open
When schools close, many families have issues with child care and we lose valuable learning time. As a result, we try to keep schools open if it’s safe to do so. However, parents can always make the decision to keep their child(ren) at home in bad weather.
How 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. If you provided your email address and/or mobile phone number during enrollment, you will be contacted in the morning regarding a school closing via email, phone and text message. You may also check our website. Please note: If you’d like to receive text messages, you’ll also need to provide a cell phone number during enrollment or to your school to be added in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
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, including all MSCR programs, after school programs and athletics.
Why aren’t schools dismissed early on days when the weather is bad?
Generally, once the school day has started, MMSD schools will not dismiss early to avoid complications with transportation and child care arrangements. However, if your schedule allows and if you feel your child will be safer at home, you can pick your child up before the end of the school day.
We appreciate your understanding of the difficulties in making this decision, and your support in helping your child get to school safely on bad weather days. Please know that the safety of all of our students is our first priority when making all weather-related decisions.