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School Closure Information

The Oshkosh Area School District follows a process to determine if schools will be open or closed when weather conditions are poor, unlikely to improve, or may get worse throughout the day. The district must make a decision that is the best for all students and the intent is to keep school in session as often as possible.  

We encourage and strongly support you as you make the decision that is best for your child(ren) and family. You are always the best judge of your child’s health and safety. If you do decide to keep your child(ren) home on a day when school is in session, please be sure to contact your child’s school to report the absence.

How does the Oshkosh Area School District decide when schools are open or closed due to weather?
District staff members review the weather conditions beginning early in the morning. Road conditions are discussed with the bus company and law enforcement to ensure that the buses will be able to travel safely to and from school. School district staff also check building conditions to ensure that they are accessible for both students and staff. Every effort will be made to make the decision whether to close schools by 6 a.m. or earlier if possible.  

How can I find out if schools are closed?
As soon as a decision is made, the specifics will be communicated directly to parents using our Campus Messenger system. The fastest and most accurate way to learn of school closings is to ensure your emergency contact information is current in Infinite Campus. The district also provides closing information to all local news outlets in addition to posting on the district’s website and social media.

When are schools closed because of extreme cold?
When the National Weather Service has a wind chill WARNING (wind chills 35 below or colder for more than one hour) for the Oshkosh area in effect for the time just before the school day begins, we will make a decision if our schools should close or have a delayed start. It is likely we will make this type of closing decision on the morning of the day in question.

What is the process for a 2-hour delay?
In the event that weather conditions are poor but predicted to improve, a 2-hour delay may be used. On days when this decision is made, the following procedures will take place:
  • All morning 4K and Early Childhood Special Education classes would be canceled
  • There will be no morning breakfast services provided
  • Elementary School Start Time: 9:45 AM
  • Middle School Start Time: 10:19 AM
  • High School Start Times: 10:23 AM
When schools are closed, are all activities for the day canceled?
When Oshkosh schools are closed for the day, it also means that all activities scheduled in school buildings for that day are canceled. This includes all OASD programs and all after-school programs.

Should weather conditions improve dramatically during the course of the day, high school co-curricular activities may be held. An announcement through local media and our website will communicate that information.

Why are schools generally not dismissed early on days when the weather is bad?
For most of our families, the adults work outside the home and they have no childcare arrangements available before the end of the school day. However, if your schedule allows and if you feel your child(ren) will be safer at home, you can pick your child(ren) up before the end of the school day. If you choose to do so, go to the school office and request that your child(ren) be dismissed to you.

When schools are closed for other reasons:
If schools are closed for reasons other than weather (i.e. water main break) the district will communicate the specifics directly to parents using our Campus Messenger system. The district also provides closing information to all local news outlets in addition to posting on the district’s website and social media.

We appreciate your understanding of the difficulties in making these types of decisions and your support in helping your child get to school safely on winter days. Please know that student safety is our top priority as we make all of our school closing decisions.