School Alerts

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To check for a school closing or delay, look for the alert in the top, right-hand corner of the district website. The banner at the top of the page will look similar to the image below.

Emergency School Closing Procedures

PLC Wednesday Winter Weather

School start times for a Wednesday two-hour late start:

Bridgewater 10:25 a.m.
Greenvale Park 10:20 a.m.
Sibley 10:20 a.m.
Middle School  9:57 a.m.
High School  9:51 a.m.
Area Learning Center 10:10 a.m.
  • Morning buses pickup students two hours later than the regular (non-Wednesday) pick-up times for all buildings
  • No morning preschool programs
  • No morning PLCs for staff
  • Afternoon buses run at the regular time

Skylert/School Messenger System

Northfield Public Schools utilizes this communication system for general announcements, meal account updates, and emergency/school closure messages. Skylert/School Messenger System uses the information you have in Family Access for these communications. Click here to download information regarding registration for Skylert.

Download Skylert Packet

Broadcast Stations

In the event that school is closed for the day or a two-hour late start or an early dismissal is warranted, the following radio/television stations will broadcast this information:

KYMN – 1080 AM – Northfield
WCCO-TV, Channel 4, WCCO Radio and – Minneapolis/St. Paul
KARE-TV, Channel 11, and – Minneapolis/St. Paul
KDHL/Power 96 – Faribault
KSTP-TV, Channel 5, Minneapolis/St. Paul
KMSP-TV, Channel 9, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Winter Weather Decision Making

In this video, Superintendent Matt Hillmann explains the process and impact of delaying or closing school.

Winter Weather and Elementary Recess

Outside play is an important part of our elementary students’ day. Our goal is to ensure that children have an opportunity to be outside and engage in fun activities on a daily basis. However, in some circumstances, winter weather prohibits us from allowing students to go outside. Our students will have recess when the air temperature is warmer than 0º F and the wind chill is warmer than -10º F. Please make sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather to enjoy playing outside during recess!

Since conditions and temperature recordings can vary between location, all three Northfield elementary schools use the Carleton College Weather Station as the official site to determine when weather conditions (as listed above) necessitate holding recess indoors.


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