School Closures and Emergency Procedures

​Wisconsin winters

Wisconsin winters typically presents transportation challenges for us all. Certainly, that is true for getting students and staff to and from school as safely as possible. Many days we are faced with the difficult decision of whether to start school on time or cancel the school day altogether. As district leaders make a decision, our most significant concern is the safety of our students and staff.

How a decision is made

On questionable weather mornings, we watch the radar, watch and listen to local and regional weather experts, and communicate with other area district leaders who may also be considering a delay or cancellation. Snow accumulation, along with ice and freezing rain, are all factors we consider when making the call. Wind chill warnings of 35 degrees below zero or colder, generally lead to a decision to cancel school for the day. 

Delay, early release, and cancellation

A delay in the start of the school day means that school will begin two hours later than normally scheduled. For example, if school normally begins at 8:00 am, a delay will push the start time back to 10:00 am. If your child rides the bus, s/he will board the bus two hours later than normal. A decision to close school early due to weather conditions is referred to as an early release.  Canceling the school day altogether occurs when the weather or road conditions are not expected to improve at all.  

Notifying families

The safety of students is of the utmost importance. Families are notified via Infinite Campus. A message is sent in voice, email and text forms using contact information provided at registration. We encourage families to check local television and radio stations for up to date news. The District website and Facebook page are also great resources for information about school delays and cancellations. 

Keeping your child home

If you believe it is unsafe for your child to attend school because of the weather conditions, we respect your decision. If we do decide to keep schools open, please be assured that we will do our best to keep your children safe while they are in our care.

Dressing your children for the weather

Our elementary principal watches temperatures and wind chills closely to best determine if recess will be held inside or outside. Please send your children to school dressed for the weather.  

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