School Closing / Inclement Weather

A Message from the Superintendent

As winter weather approaches, it is important that we prepare for school closings or delays as a result of snow, ice, sub-zero temperatures, or any combination thereof.

We want to ensure that all necessary individuals are contacted; this is why our district uses multiple methods to disseminate information. With our recent student information software change, we want to be as vigilant as possible. We are working with our software vendors to offer the best options for communication. However, as with anything new, there have been some issues. Please check our website or local news services if you do not receive a call or email but feel the current weather conditions may impact our school day. You may also follow me or your building administrator(s) on Twitter. My account is @m19supt.

If possible, we try to make the determination to close school or delay its start before 9:30 pm the evening before so that families can make any necessary arrangements. However, weather conditions in the metro area often change rapidly and can be very unpredictable.  It is common that the determination to close school cannot be made until the morning.

If the determination is not made until morning, we try very hard to have a decision made by 5:30-6:00 am at the latest.

A delayed start means that buses and the start of school will be delayed by 1 hour at all schools. All Pre-K programs are canceled on a delayed start day. 

When making the difficult decision whether to delay, cancel, or have school, safety is the primary concern. It is our belief that having school as planned is always more productive than making up days at the end of the year. School cancellation means that school will be made up in the emergency days included at the end of the school calendar.

Lastly, as a parent, if you feel it is unsafe to send your child to school, we respect that decision and will excuse the absence.

Craig A. Fiegel

These are the actions Mascoutah District #19 will take when school is to be closed for the day or when classes will be dismissed early. 

  1. Parents will be notified via telephone/cellphone/email messaging service.  Please contact us if your phone or email address needs to be updated. 
  2. Parents Radio/Television broadcasts of school closings and early dismissals will be made over the following radio/TV stations: 
KTVI (Fox 2)
KMOV (Channel 4)
KSDK(Channel 5)
ABC (Channel 30)

 KMOX (Talk Radio 1120)
 WHCO (Radio 1230)

Times are modified as conditions impact the decision-making process.  The decision for closing will be made daily unless general conditions dictate otherwise. 

Unless announcements are made on these stations, school will be in session.  School closings will also be posted on the District's website:

General Guidelines: 

School will be closed only in cases of extreme circumstances. 

Busses will operate where they can safely do so. 

During extreme weather, parents/guardians are reminded to take precautions to protect children who are left at home, walk to school or walk to the point where they normally board the school bus.  Also, plans should be in place to provide for child safety when it becomes necessary for the school district to dismiss early. 

Late Start Option: 

Notification is provided through mass email, parent all-call, TV, radio, and school websites.  Busses will run 1 hour later than the normal schedule for regular bus routes. School classes will begin at:

MHS - 8:55AM Mascoutah High School

MMS - 9:15AM Mascoutah Middle School

MES - 9:25AM Mascoutah Elementary School

SES - 9:25AM Scott Elementary School

WES - 9:25AM Wingate Elementary School

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