When does the Sioux Falls School District cancel school?

The weather’s been a bit tempestuous lately, but it’s about to get downright bone-chilling cold on Monday, with temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero (with windchill).

At what point does the Sioux Falls School District cancel school?

According to the district’s blog: “When wind chills approach the point where exposed flesh can freeze in 10 minutes or less, the District will typically call off school.”

But there are many other factors that come into play, such as what time of day the wind chill will be a dangerous range. Students don’t go outside for recess when the temperature or wind chill is below zero.

District spokesman Ben Schumacher told me today the District does not make a decision about school cancellations this far in advance, when we’re talking about Monday, for example.

"In cases of extreme cold and dangerous wind chills (and with snow events), the District works directly with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls to determine the danger to students and staff. The standing procedure is that the District will make a determination about school by 5 a.m. that day to notify early morning District staff of the closure – or late start – and will notify parents around 6 a.m. so they can make the necessary accommodations," he said in an email. 

If and when school is delayed or cancelled, parents/guardians will hear directly from the School District via a ParentLink phone call with specific information.

The district last called off school last April during the ice storm.

Sometimes, he said, the district has made the decision as early as the evening before, depending on what the forecast says.

That’s barring any announcement by Gov. Dennis Daugaard that all schools in the state will be closed Monday,  like Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton did today.

Lucky Minnesota students.

Stay warm!