Why close school?
Safety is the primary concern. If schools are open, 2,450 students are traveling to and from school; if schools close, several hundred children from ages 6 to 12 are home unsupervised.
Who makes the decision?
Several people have input, but the final decision to close schools or to stay open is the superintendent's. He consults with:
- The manager and the staff at Johnson Bus, for important information about road and driving conditions.
- Other superintendents in the region.
- Local and national weather data (not the television forecasts, which tend to give broad ranges of data and often on the “worst possible” side of the data).
- Up-to-date state and local radar.
- School maintenance people, to be sure that we can offer clear sidewalks and driveways.
- Road crews and the police.
The decision to close school belongs to the superintendent, but parents have the ultimate responsibility for keeping their children safe. A child may be kept home and it will be counted as an excused absence. Parents also should consider whether an inexperienced high school student should drive or ride the bus.
What influences the decision?
Visibility: Blowing snow is the most critical factor in safe transportation; this includes concern with fog.
Snow amounts and slippery conditions reported by people who are actually driving the roads.
Cold: Actual sustained temperature below -15 F or wind chills below -30 F.
When is the decision made?
If poor weather is the forecast, bus company staff and the superintendent go out and drive country roads. They are in touch by phone. A tentative decision is made shortly after 5 a.m. and is continually re-evaluated until the end of the school day.
How do we let people know?
Once a decision is made regarding school closings or delays, the announcement is posted on this page of the district web site. The following radio and television stations are then contacted.
When weather conditions are such that you question if school will be closed, please be sure to check these sources. We know that some of you are in positions where you are not able to see or hear announcements during the day. In this case we urge that you make arrangements with friends and relatives to listen for you in case school is dismissed early in bad weather.
- WIXX (FM 101.1) in Green Bay
- WHBL (AM 1330) in Sheboygan
- WJUB (AM 1420) in Plymouth
- WLKN (FM 98.1) in Sheboygan
- WTMJ 4 in Milwaukee
- WBAY 2 in Green Bay
- FOX 6 in Milwaukee
- WISN 12 in Milwaukee