When you live in Wisconsin you know that winter will come even if you are not ready for it. We always strive to make sure we have good lines of communication ready in case we need to cancel school due to weather or other related emergencies.
You might wonder how we make the decision to close. The decision to remain open or to close in bad weather is based on careful analysis of all relevant factors such as:
The actual amount of snow and ice
Notices from the bus company and police department regarding road conditions
Probability of precipitation accumulation
If on-going or accumulations are eminent a decision is made erring on the side of safety
Conditions on site (if we have heat, power…)
Conditions of parking and sidewalks
Time to effectively clear parking and sidewalk spaces for safety. This can be a challenge during times of heavy snowfall;
What other districts surrounding the district are doing.
We also consult with other districts prior to the decision to close.
WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE?
Once communication has taken place with the transportation director, the superintendent will make the decision by 5:45 or earlier so radio stations can be notified. Some buses leave by 6:15 a.m. so we must notify everyone as early as possible. The transportation director and superintendent drive routes prior to the call. We will make an automated call on our messaging system (so make sure we have the right phone number for you). Those messages will go out to all staff and families in the district. Then the parochial schools get called as well. You can listen to announcements about school related closings on the following television or radio stations:
WQOW– Channel 18
WJMC—96.3 FM/1240 AM
WWIB-WOJO—103.7 FM/680 AM
WMEQ-880 AM/92.1 FM
Moose Country—106.7 FM
We hope we do not have to close school, but if we do, please know it will be to keep you all safe. Until then, start preparing for winter! It will be here before we know it!