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Emergency School Closings


Student safety is of the utmost importance to us at the Oconomowoc Area School District. We realize the decision to delay or close school impacts more than 5,200 students and more than 700 employees, so we do not make that decision lightly and try to balance safety with learning needs.  We will always err on the side of caution, and make decisions regarding school cancellations that will be in the best interest of everyone’s safety.

The following information describes how we make decisions about closing school due to the cold weather.

  • We take extreme precautions and consult with various professionals to determine whether or not we should delay or cancel school due to weather conditions.

  • In making decisions about school closings due to cold weather, we use a threshold of approximately -35 degrees F wind chill warning (this is the warning threshold used by the National Weather Service).  If there is a wind chill warning of negative 35 degrees Fahrenheit or if there is a snow or ice event bad enough to affect transportation, school will be closed.

  • Unlike closures due to weather such as freezing rain and snow, we are sometimes not able make a decision the day before a closing.

  • In the event that a closing decision is made, we will issue a School Messenger phone call and email to families, post the information on our district website, and notify local media sources.

If Oconomowoc Area School District decides to close schools during the day or before the start of the class day, families will be alerted through the Alert Now System using phone and cell numbers provided to the District during registration.  Updated information will also be available on the Home Page of the District website.

In addition, families may check the following media outlets for information:


  • WTTN

  • WITI, Fox 6

  • WISN, ABC 12

  • WDJT, CBS 58

  • WTKM







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