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School Closing Information

Information on Emergency School Closings, Delayed Starts, Early Dismissals

The most typical reasons for closing school, delaying the start of school, or shortening the school day are related to snow and cold. Students must be able to safely arrive at school, whether by bus, car, or walking. The amount of snow, temperature, wind chill and passable roads are among the many factors considered. The choice to cancel school is never easy or taken lightly.

Parents always have the right to excuse their child from school if they feel conditions are unsafe. If you choose to keep your child at home, please notify your student's school to report the absence; it will be an excused absence for the day. Students in grades PreK-12 who stay home on severe weather days will be responsible for checking Seesaw (grades PreK-2) and Schoology (grades 3-12) and/or referring to class syllabi for class assignments and due dates.

If your student is enrolled in a program at Northeast Metro 916, please visit the 916 website to determine whether your student’s school is canceled. If the Centennial School District is closed but 916 is open, your student may attend school, but transportation will not be provided.

How the community is notified:

An announcement of a school closing, or a delayed start is usually posted by 6:00 a.m. The community is notified via:

  • Twin Cities television stations.
  • Information posted on the district website -
  • By calling the District Office at 763 792 6000 and the main office of your student's school.
  • An "alert notification" will be sent to families by telephone and/or text through the District's SchoolMessenger communication system. A message will be sent to your home phone, cell phone, work phone, by text--see below, based upon information provided by each family. Please note: If you are unable to answer the call, a message will go to your voice mail. Please retrieve your message instead of hitting "Redial."

Do you want to receive emergency and school closing information by text?

Text "Y" or "YES" to 67587

Opt out of these messages at any time by responding to one of our messages with "STOP." Note: The District will text only emergency information and bus delay updates. SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy Pledge, so be assured your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone. Terms and conditions: Message frequency varies. Standard message and data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel.

Flexible Learning Days

Centennial will have a Flexible Learning Day when schools are closed due to inclement weather. See the link below for information on Flexible Learning Days and plans for students in grades kindergarten-12.

Flexible Learning Information

Flexible Learning Plan, Grades K-5

Flexible Learning Plan, Grades 6-12

What's Closed or Canceled Due to an Emergency or Weather?

Information on What's Closed or Canceled