As we move into December, I know many of you have already had to make decisions on school closings as a result of bad weather. I can tell you that I don’t miss those decisions! I always felt that was one of the most difficult decisions that I needed to make. Regardless of the decision, many would think that the wrong choice had been made. I always tried to remember that I was making a decision based on what I felt was in the best interest of our students and staff. I would consult with our local municipalities and other superintendents in the area, and we would collectively hope that our prognostications of our unpredictable Minnesota weather would be accurate!
MASA now provides support from the National Weather Service, and we hope that it will assist you in making your decisions. StormReady™ is an online resource that provides specific weather data by zip code. The weather in your district might be very different than it is a few miles away and this resource can help pinpoint where the worst winter weather will land. We are grateful to John Schultz, Superintendent, Hopkins Public Schools; Dan Luna, Meteorologist-in Charge for the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities; and John Wetter, Technical Services Manager and Meteorologist, Hopkins Public Schools, for their leadership in bringing this resource to our members.
To use StormReady™, simply click on the link on the MASA home page and choose ‘current forecast” in the sidebar. Then enter your zip code and you will receive the latest info from the National Weather Service for your specific zip code.
Best of luck as we “enjoy” winter in Minnesota!