Emergency Communication

Welcome to the Oshkosh Area School District Emergency Information Page

The first priority of school staff is to ensure the safety of those on campus during an emergency situation.  Additionally, it is critically important that parents and students have accurate information, not rumors.  District staff will work with school staff to notify families of the situation as quickly as possible. In an emergency situation, you can expect to receive communications in multiple ways including:

  • Infinite Campus (Parent Portal): A message system for parents/guardians. When necessary, the District will send out messages via email, phone and text message to inform families of unexpected events and to communicate in the midst of an emergency (school closing due to extreme weather, lockdown situation, etc.) To ensure that you receive emergency communications please check your Contact Preferences within Infinite Campus. 

PARENTS: Please update your phone numbers and email addresses with your school when they change so that the district has your most up-to-date information in order to notify you of an emergency. Detailed instructions are also available (see below) for you to review and update your contact information within Infinite Campus as/if needed.

  • Social Media: The District has a presence on Facebook and Twitter (@OshkoshSchools) and will post emergency information and updates on these pages. You must like the District’s Facebook page and follow the District on Twitter in order to receive these posts.  
  • Local Media: The District will provide timely updates to local television stations, radio stations, and newspapers for their broadcasts, publications, websites and social media sites.

The OASD conducts a test of its Emergency Communication System annually. The latest test took place on February 2, 2018. The resources below were provided to all district families and provide additional information about the OASD's Emergency Communication process.

Emergency Test

Emergency Contact Instructions

Important Information

Emergency Communication

The Oshkosh Area School District leverages a well-developed partnership with local government and law enforcement. The Emergency Preparedness Collaborative Operations Team (EPCOT) meets regularly to ensure that the district is prepared in the event of an emergency situation. One initiative that the EPCOT team has worked on is providing professional development, training, and practice of the ALICE process to help ensure student and staff safety. For more information on ALICE please see the YouTube video below.

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 snow day decisions that are 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.