Delano, Rockford close public schools Friday, Feb. 21

SchoolClosingsOfficials at Rockford and Delano Public Schools early Friday, Feb. 21, decided to call off school classes for the day.

Rockford Public Schools announced on its web site that schools would be closed on Fridaydue to extreme weather and dangerous road conditions. All activities, ECFE, community education classes, and practices are also canceled. Galaxy Kids child care program will also be closed. Rockford Community Center will be closed.”

Information about school closings always will be on the Rockford Public Schools website at, said Kathy Ehlers, of the school superintendent’s office. 

“A lot of the roads are so icy and some of the roads are impassable,” said Traci Lawman, communications coordinator for Delano Public Schools, at 11a.m., Friday.

As of Thursday evening, Delano and Rockford Public Schools had both had announced a two-hour late start. That changed as heavy snow accumulated. The National Weather Service at Chanhassen reported at 7 a.m. Friday that Watertown had received six inches of snow, Maple Plain had accumulated nine inches and seven inches had landed on Monticello — so far.

Lawman said that Delano Schools would make up for the lost day of classes. The last day of school for most students will be Monday, June 9. Seniors still will graduate on Sunday, June 1. She had not heard whether seniors would have an additional class day because of the Feb. 20 – 21 storm.

Ehlers at Rockford Schools, as of 11:30 a.m., Friday, had not received information about a school make-up day and the effect of the Feb. 21 school closing on the last day of school.

Superintendent of Schools Matt Schoen decided to close Delano schools on Friday after talking with other school superintendents and Stahlke Bus Service. He also watched weather forecasts and drove on area roads, Lawman said.

“They (school superintendents) all do what is in the best interest of the child,” she said.