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Winter Weather

In preparation for the winter months ahead and the potential for a weather event to impact the school day, there are many factors taken into consideration when deciding whether to delay or close schools for the day. It is always our goal to keep schools open and on time during snowy weather, but safety comes first. Parents, guardians and students should always assume the school day will be conducted as normal unless they hear from the district via phone call, email, district webpage, facebook and twitter accounts or the local media.

These decisions take into account road conditions, walking routes to schools and the day’s forecast. Families should take their own situation into account when deciding whether their child should attend school or not and be sure to make an attendance call if staying home is the best option.


By 6 a.m. the Mead School District will notify parents and guardians of a delay or closure via:

  • Phone call, text message and email via SchoolMessenger (this information is derived from Powerschool)
  • Emergency News Announcement posted on District homepage at
  • Local television and radio
  • District Facebook and Twitter accounts

The 2020-21 academic year has brought many unique challenges, but one opportunity is the ability to transition to a remote learning day in the event of a school closure. Students throughout the district are becoming more familiar with their school-issued Chromebook with each passing day. This prepares us to make a smooth transition in the short amount of time between a closure decision and the start of school.


In the event of a building closure, schools will transition into a remote learning day. Students should be prepared by making a habit of bringing Chromebooks home every day. Teachers will take attendance, provide instructions and deliver information via Seesaw or Google Classroom.

While we realize there can be challenges to this model with internet access or connectivity, we urge families to check into options with their school or the district Technology Department. The advantage to our district with transitioning to a remote learning day, as opposed to the cancellation of school, is to alleviate the need for makeup days at the end of the academic calendar. Previously scheduled “snow days” were already used when the district experienced cancellations due to wildfire smoke in September.


In the event of a two-hour late start, elementary schools will proceed with their day beginning at 11:10 a.m., while secondary will begin at 10:05 a.m. for middle school and 10:10 a.m. for high school. Secondary schools will work through a compressed six-period day that will include 30-minute periods and a staggered fourth period to allow for the three lunch rotations that are required to maintain our COVID-19 safety protocols. Here are the two-hour late-start schedules for middle school and high school.

Winter Weather Preparation Tips for Families 
  • Please make sure children are equipped and appropriately dressed for cold weather.
    • Coats, hats, and gloves are recommended to assure students remain warm and comfortable while outside.
(Infographic courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Winter Weather Dress Tips