Cancellations and Closings

When school must be canceled, delayed, or dismissed early because of weather conditions or other emergencies, the School/Community Relations Department works to inform district families and staff in a timely manner. There are many opportunities each year for families to provide and confirm their contact information to ensure they receive communications about cancellations, delays, and closings in the way that works best for each family.

Where can I find cancellation/closing information?

If school is canceled, delayed, or dismissed early, announcements will be made:

  • through the district weather hotline at 515-633-5555
  • through the Blackboard notification system (email, phone call, text, district app notification)
  • on the district website (
  • on the district’s Facebook page and Twitter account
  • through local media outlets

See the sidebar for a full list of media outlets to find information. WDMCS will also use our Infinite Campus notification system to directly call, text, and email families based on individual contact preferences.

How do I receive a call, text, or email from the Blackboard notification system?

WDMCS uses our Blackboard notification system to directly call, text, and email families about cancellations, delays, and dismissals. The contact information and methods used to contact families can be adjusted in Blackboard.

To receive a call, text message, and/or email, make sure you have a Blackboard account and update your contact preferences to ensure you will receive notifications in the way that works best for your family.

Instructions: Update Your Blackboard Contact Preferences

How are weather delays, cancellations, and early dismissals determined?

The Superintendent’s Office works with the Transportation Department to determine the safety of transportation. WDMCS may also consult with weather forecasting sources, city public works departments, and neighboring school districts. WDMCS may decide to:

    1. delay the beginning of the school day by one hour,
    2. delay the beginning of the school day by two hours,
    3. cancel school, or
    4. dismiss school two hours early.

A decision to delay or close is normally made by 5:45 a.m. A decision to close AFTER a decision had already been made to delay is normally made by 7 a.m. A decision to dismiss early is normally made by 11 a.m.

Once a decision is made, it is communicated through the district weather hotline, the district website and social media, and several media outlets. See the sidebar for a full list of places to find information. If conditions change enough to warrant a change from a delay to a cancellation, a secondary message is sent to families as soon as possible.