A Northeast Iowa school is closed today, due to an unnamed safety issue.

Shortly after 10:30 PM on Wednesday (Feb. 21, 2018), Riceville Schools Superintendent Barb Schwamman announced that classes would not be held on Thursday because of a safety concern that was brought to the attention of district officials.

After learning of the issue, Schwamman contacted Howard County sheriff's officials. Because of the potential seriousness of the situation, school district and sheriff's officials decided that canceling school for the day would be the best course of action.

An urgent message was sent to parents Wednesday night, announcing the decision to close school due to the safety concern.

Howard County sheriff's officials continue to investigate the incident. School officials plan to update parents, students and staff as more information becomes available. Updated details will be posted on Facebook and twitter, and on the Riceville School District's website.