Closings and Delays

  • Weather conditions are both variable and potentially extreme in Indiana; however, the safety of children will guide decisions regarding delaying or closing. Concrete rules do not exist in making decisions regarding variable and extreme weather; however, these guidelines will serve as a reference for School City of Mishawaka (SCM). We believe the public expects schools to be open and provide educational services as well as supervision and other services, such as meals, to its students. We also believe all parents are committed to keeping children safe and these parents will dress their children appropriately for the existing weather conditions when sending their children to school. SCM recognizes that it is first and foremost a parental decision as to whether or not a child should attend school on inclement weather days. 

    We respect the parent’s determination regarding his/her child’s attendance at school during inclement weather. If school is open, or delayed, because of inclement weather, the school will respect the parent’s decision to keep their child at home. Parents are expected to contact the school and inform school officials of their determination, and the student will be counted as absent, per Indiana code. Students who are absent due to inclement weather will be given the opportunity to complete their academic work in the same manner as an excused absence from school.

    Communication of School Closings and Delays

    • Social Media: you can follow SCM through Facebook or Twitter to receive alerts.
    • School Websites: an emergency alert will appear on the corporation and each schools websites.
    • Alma Messeges: an email and/or text alert will be sent through our Alma automated system. You must sign up through your child's school in order to receive these messages/alerts.
    • Media Outlets: the information will be broadcast over several local radio and television stations.
      • WNDU-TV
      • WSBT-TV
      • ABC57-TV

    Boys & Girls Club/Compass Club on Days of Closings or Delays
    For Elementary Schools

    • School Closures: Boys & Girls Club and Compass Club will not be in session.
    • 2-hour Delays: Boys & Girls Club and Compass Club will begin at 6:30 AM
      NOTE: Breakfast will not be served on a day with a 2-hour delay.

    Start Times on Days of 2-hour Delays
    NOTE: Breakfast will not be served on a day with a 2-hour delay.

    • All SCM Elementary Schools: 10:45 AM
    • John Young Middle School: 10:05 AM
    • Mishawaka High School: 10:00 AM

    Late Start Wednesdays on Days of 2-hour Delays

    In the event of inclement weather or other circumstances that would require a 2-hour delay on a Wednesday, the Late Start PLC time will be canceled and the district will run the 2-hour delay schedule. (See 2-hour delay start times above.)

    Preschool Schedule on Days of 2-hour Delays

    In the event of inclement weather or other circumstances that would require a 2-hour delay, Preschool morning sessions will be canceled.