School begins at 9:15 and ends at 3:30.
Students should not be dropped off prior
to 9:05 a.m. Students being picked
up will be dismissed at 3:20 and should meet their parent in the office area. Students will not be dismissed to parents
from the classroom.
All visitors will be required to sign
in and out when entering or leaving the building.
All visitors must have a visitor’s
All staff will be instructed to address
all visitors without a visitor’s badge.
should pick up their child/children in the office only. If you need to pick up
your child, please send a note with your
child addressed to your child’s teacher indicating when you will be picking up
your child/children from the office. The teacher will forward the
information to the office. For security reasons and to minimize disruption
to the classroom, a phone call to the office saying you are picking up your
child is strongly discouraged. Make sure you sign your child out in the
should park in the first lot near door 7 (near kindergarten rooms) and enter in
the main entrance when picking up children. You are welcome to exit out door 7.
We do not want children going between buses when coming or leaving school.
During after school hours, parents need to walk their child/children to/from their designated activities in the building.
It is our intent to continue providing a safe
environment for all staff and students.
Thank you for helping to make Linwood Elementary School a safe and happy
School Closings and Late Starts
Weather and Emergency Hotline: 651-982-8143
Closing school due to heavy snowfall or frigid temperatures
In our school district, the decision about whether to close school due to snowfall or low temperatures is ultimately the decision of our school superintendent. The superintendent makes this decision in close consultation with the district’s transportation supervisor, and he or she must weight a number of factors before making the decision to close, or not to close, school.
Every school district in our state is different. Some are metro, some are rural and some are a little of both. Some have large student populations and others are very small. Some are very big geographically, and others are concentrated in a much smaller area. For example, our district is 215 square miles, while some other nearby districts are 1/10th that size, or less.
All of these factors, and many others, come into play to make each school district’s decision unique to that district, even though another district right next door might make a different decision.
The superintendent will always decide on a potential school closing as early as possible in order to help families make appropriate plans. But, there are many factors that need to be taken into account, including accurate hourly temperatures, snowfall amounts and overall road conditions on highways, city streets, county roads, gravel roads and driveways in our cities, towns and rural areas. Because of these many factors and the fact that conditions that can change even from minute to minute, the final decision, in most cases, cannot be made until 4:30 or 5:00 a.m. that morning.
Once the decision is made, the communications and IT departments work as fast as possible to get messages out to families immediately. This can sometimes take between 15 – 30 minutes before an automated phone call is actually delivered.
What happens when school is closed?
Here are a few things to remember for situations where a weather emergency might result in school being canceled:
- Whenever school is cancelled, starts late or there is an early school release due to weather issues, our School Age Care (SAC), Sonic and Steps Ahead childcare programs will be open from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Central Learning Center, Lino Lakes Elementary and Wyoming Elementary for students already enrolled in these programs. Always speak with a childcare staff member when dropping children off.
- In case of very extreme winter weather, parents/guardians have the final decision on whether or not to send their children to school.
- Also, please note that if school is open, students are expected to attend, however, if parents/guardians feel their children would be in danger they can choose to keep them home. The absence will be excused if the parent/guardian calls to report it. If the school is not contacted, the student will not receive an excused absence. Students who are already in school will not be excused if they choose to go home.
How will I know if school is closed?
All of our district families will be notified of any type of school cancellation through Blackboard Connect, which is our automated phone calling system. Blackboard Connect will also send an email message to parents whose email addresses have been added to our system. Other means by which a school closing will be communicated to families and to the public are:
- Local TV stations - WCCO, KARE11, KSTP, KMSP
- Radio - WCCO
- Newspaper – Star Tribune online
- The Forest Lake Area Schools website
- Any of our school websites
- Our Weather and Emergency Hotline at 651-982-8143
Weather and Emergency Hotline: 651-982-8143
What do I do if my child cannot attend school?
A. Call: 651-982-1956 and leave message on our attendance line 24 hours a
You may also call our school nurse
during school hours at: 651-982-1902.
B. Give the
Date of absence
Reason for absence
How do I know if my child is too sick to attend
A fever of 100 Degrees or more. (Keep your
child home for at least 24 hours after his or her fever is gone without fever
Child has vomited and/or had diarrhea. (Keep your
child home for at least 24 hours after the last episode.)
· Has not taken prescribed antibiotic for at least 24 hours.
If your child’s
illness will cause him/her to miss more than a day or two, arrangements should
be made to get assignments from your child’s teacher.
EXCUSED ABSENCE – Reasons that
are recognized by the school authorities as legitimate:
Parent/doctor verified illness
Scheduled medical or dental
visit with prior school notification
Pre-arranged Family Vacation
UNEXCUSED ABSENCE - Reasons that
are not recognized by the school authorities as legitimate include but are not
Overslept (alarm didn’t work), shopping, hunting,
visiting, car trouble, weather, missed bus, needed at home (i.e. babysitting,
chores), sports tournaments, family vacation NOT pre-arranged, no call or note
from parent regarding absence.
TARDY – A student who arrives at
school after 9:15 a.m. is considered tardy. Students must report to the office
to check in after 9:15 a.m. to verify their attendance.
Family Vacation Procedures
Families need to fill out a
“Pre-Arranged Absence Report” available from your child’s classroom teacher or
the school office to report dates a child will be absent due to a family
vacation. This needs to be done as far
in advance as possible in order to give the teacher time to gather classroom
assignments. The teacher will forward the report to the office for attendance
Any absence due to a
vacation or a trip that is NOT pre-arranged will be viewed as an unexcused
absence. Parents should be aware that
according to Minnesota State law, a student who is absent for 15 consecutive
school days must be unenrolled and must formally re-enroll to be admitted to
Excessive absence is defined
as 4 or more consecutive days of absence, 4 or more days of absence in a month,
10 or more days of absence in a school year.
The average student in the
state of Minnesota misses a total of seven days in a school year. Those seven
absences involve illness, vacations, or family emergencies.
School attendance is significantly related to school
achievement. The community, schools,
parents, and students share in the responsibility to promote regular
attendance. The school determines
whether the absences are excused or unexcused.
When absences become excessive for any reason, parents will be contacted
to develop a plan to support regular school attendance. Minnesota State law requires that every child
16 years of age of younger shall attend a public or private school.