School closings and delays

If winter storms or other emergency situations cause us to close school for the day, delay the start of school or close school early, we will notify families by:

  • Text alerts: to subscribe to the school text alert list, please read THIS ARTICLE and follow the directions.
  • District Web site: Information will be posted on www.isd544.org.
  • Recorded messages on district office phones: A taped message on the status of schools and programs will be on the district’s main office phone line, 218-998-0544.
  • Radio stations: Announcements will be aired on the following radio stations:
    • Lakes Radio, Fergus Falls
    • KJJK-AM (1020)
    • KBRF-AM (1250)
    • KJJK-FM (96.5)
    • KZCR-FM (103.3)
    • KPRW-FM (99.5)
    • Clear Channel Radio, Fargo
    • KFGO-AM (790)
    • KVOX-AM (1280)
    • KBAF-FM (93)
    • KRVI-FM (95.1)
    • KKBX-FM (101.9)
    • WDAY-FM (94)
  • Fargo television stations
    • KXJB (4)
    • WDAY (6)
    • KVLY (11)

When school is cancelled for the day, it typically means that:

  • All schools are closed.
  • All daytime programs are cancelled, including Early Childhood Family Education and Community Education.
  • After-school activities, including athletic practices and events, are cancelled.
  • School-Aged Child Care at the YMCA will not be operating.

When the start of school is delayed by two hours, it typically means that:

  • All schools will run exactly two hours later than usual.
  • Buses will run two hours later than usual.
  • There will be no morning half-day kindergarten.
  • Afternoon programs, including half-day afternoon kindergarten, will operate as usual.
  • After-school activities, including athletic practices and events, are held as usual.

When school is dismissed early, it typically means that:

  • Afternoon kindergarten will not be held (unless it has already begun).
  • All afternoon programs are cancelled, including Early Childhood Family Education and Community Education.
  • After-school activities, including athletic practices and events, are cancelled.
  • School-Aged Child Care at the YMCA will not be operating.

The early school dismissal information provided by parents will be followed for elementary school students. If buses are unable to travel on rural bus routes, rural students will be taken to the storm homes designated by parents.

If school is in session on a day that you, as a parent, feel it is too cold or stormy to send your child to school, you may choose to keep your child home. His or her absence will be treated as an excused absence, just as it would for an illness.