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General Winter Weather Guidelines

The Linn-Mar Community School District will use the following guidelines when it comes to wind chill and extremely cold temperatures:

1. If the temperature is -15°F or colder school will be delayed, held virtually, or canceled.

2. If the National Weather Service issues a wind chill advisory that would be in effect at the start of the school day, there may be a two-hour delay.
• A wind chill advisory means that wind chill values are expected to fall to between -20° and -29° F.

3. If the National Weather Service issues a wind chill warning that would be in effect at the start of the school day, there will be a two-hour delay.
• A wind chill warning means that the wind chill values are expected to fall to -30°F or lower.

4. If the wind chill warning will be in effect beyond 11:00 AM, school will be held virtually or canceled.

Please Note: These are general guidelines and each weather situation will be assessed independently.

Linn-Mar, and all Iowa school districts, have been given a one-year temporary approval by the governor to hold classes virtually, during inclement weather days this school year. 

We will plan to take advantage of this flexibility, but want to be clear that not all bad weather days (ie: snow days) will automatically become virtual learning days. The timing of the weather event will be a major factor. 

The following criteria will be used as a general guideline in the district’s decision to declare a virtual learning day or a snow day. 

Snow Days –  Will be determined and announced via School Messenger, Social Media and Radio and TV stations, and the Linn-Mar website, the morning of the storm (by 5:30 AM) 

  • This will be a traditional snow day, no school for students. Virtual learning will not be held on these days
  • Due to the number of additional student hours already built into our school calendar, these days will not be made up later in the year.
  • For Hybrid students (Grades 9-12), if the “classes canceled snow day” was a scheduled “A” day, the next regular school day would become an “A” day.
  • When changing weather conditions force the district to go from a late start to entirely closed, we will opt to declare a snow day. In this situation, we are not able to provide parents or staff sufficient prep time to make the necessary accommodations to prepare for virtual learning.

Virtual Learning Days – Will be determined and announced via School Messenger, Social Media, Radio and TV stations, and the Linn-Mar website, in advance (the day before) 

  • Students and teachers will be in school virtually from home.
  • Students will be instructed to make sure they bring their computers and other supplies home the day prior.
  • Virtual learning schedules will be determined and communicated from your child’s school. 

Late Starts or Early Dismissals – Will be determined and announced via School Messenger, Social Media, Radio and TV stations and the Linn-Mar website.

  •  In person/Hybrid PreK-12th Grade Students
    • No AM preschool on late starts
    • No PM preschool on early dismissals
  • Family Choice Virtual ECBP-4th Grade Students 
    • Late Start 
      • AM cohort: 10:30-12:00
      • PM cohort: 1:00-2:30
    • Early Dismissal 
      • AM cohort 8:30-10:00
      • PM cohort 11:00-12:30
  •  Family Choice Virtual 5-6th Grade Students
    • Late Start 
      • AM cohort 9:50-11:20
      • PM cohort 12:20-1:50
    • Early Dismissal 
      • AM cohort 7:50-9:20
      • PM cohort 10:20-11:50

These guidelines are subject to change at the Superintendent’s discretion.

Please make sure you are signed-up to receive SchoolMessenger alerts to receive winter weather announcements. Click here for more info on how to update your PowerSchool contact information to sync with SchoolMessenger

Shannon Bisgard, Superintendent

Linn-Mar Community School District