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Contact: Marci Orr, Director of Communications

573-581-3773 ext 2409

  • Reporters and news personnel should direct all media inquiries to the District Communications Office at or (573) 581-3773 ext 2409. 

  • As Mid-Missourians, we understand how unpredictable weather can be. A top district priority is the safety of our students, staff, and families. And regarding inclement weather, everyone’s health and well-being are at the center of the district’s decisions. 

    Make a plan with your family. A canceled school day or early out changes our routine and can be disruptive and challenging for our families. The district considers the ripple effect a “snow day” has on the entire community: not only for our nearly 2,400 students and approximately 400 employees, but for thousands of parents and family members, many of whom must go to work no matter the weather.

    Whatever decision is made, and we realize any decision will have those who disagree, it is made based on the best information available and in the best interest of our students and staff. With this in mind, create a plan for your family in case of a school cancellation or early dismissal. 

    How does the school decide on an inclement weather day? Our school administration works closely with the transportation department to make weather-related decisions. Regardless of what is taken into consideration, we realize that sometimes the decision made is supported and sometimes opposed. Our decision cannot please everyone, but please understand what helps guide our district’s choice of what’s best for our students and families. 

    When extreme weather is imminent, our district personnel are actively investigating and monitoring precipitation, temperature, wind chill, road conditions, and more. Additionally, we stay in contact with neighboring districts and get information from the National Weather Service and other sources to ensure I have the most comprehensive information available to inform my decision. As a safety precaution, our local roads are driven before the decision. When the information supports it, we make the decision we feel is best for Mexico, which means it may differ from some of our neighboring districts.

    There are a number of reasons for decisions, including: 

    • the number of rural miles that buses need to travel
    • the number of students who walk to school
    • coordination with our bus maintenance supervisor
    • drivers’ experience in certain road/weather conditions
    • coordination of our food service operation (the only warm meal of the day for some students)

    How will the community know if school is canceled or released early?

    • A phone call and an email will be sent from the district. Please ensure your contact information is correct in Infinite Campus.
    • Our Facebook pages will be updated. KXEO/KWWR and The Mexico Ledger will be notified. 
    • Notifications will also be sent to other local media: ABC17/KMIZ, KOMU8-TV, KRCG13-TV, KFRU AM, KRES, and Zimmer Radio Stations.
    • A banner will be placed on the school website.

    What time will the district make the inclement weather decision? The district will strive to make an early decision so our families can make a plan. School families will likely hear from the district by 6:00 a.m. on the inclement weather day. Due to the volatility of the weather, this may not always be possible, but we will try our best. Additionally, the district will only communicate if school is not in session. 

    Thank you for supporting the Mexico School District and for your flexibility as we endure Missouri winters.


  • Climate & Culture Surveys: Fall 2023

    Board approved in November 2023

    The Mexico School District collected feedback through a climate and culture survey on October 16-31, 2023. Stakeholders included: all staff, all parents, and students in grades 5, 8, and 11. 

    DESE requires a survey as part of the school's Annual Performance Report (APR), which is used to inform accreditation and classification decisions. The APR is part of MSIP6, the state's accountability system for reviewing and accrediting Missouri schools and outlines expectations for school practices and student outcomes with the goal of each student graduating ready for success in college, career, and life. 

    Staff and patrons are encouraged to review the survey results by stakeholder group, as well as a survey overview. 

  • Comprehensive Communications Plan

    Board approved in November 2023

    The mission of the Communications Program is to support Mexico School District’s journey with continuous improvement and excellence by promoting transparent and strategic communication, fostering parent and community connections, and extending our reach to hear the voices of all stakeholders to have a positive impact on all Mexico students. The program will present the school accurately to stakeholders while striving to eliminate rumors and misinformation, observe confidentiality, and other restrictions imposed by law and Board policy.

    *Communication is a primary function of leadership and a responsibility of all employees of the district.

    *Effective communication supports teaching and learning and increases student achievement. 

    *Well-informed employees and citizens are effective ambassadors for developing broad community support. 

    *Open, ongoing two-way communication is critical to maintaining public relationships.

    *District communication strategies must reflect the District’s mission and vision. 

    *Using various sources and strategies enhances the District’s communication ability effectively and thoroughly.

    View the Comprehensive Communication Plan.