WHO IS WATCHING THE WEATHER?
A lead superintendent from within the Nicolet Area Schools (Fox Point-Bayside, Glendale-River Hills, Maple Dale-Indian Hill and Nicolet High School) is in charge each school year for gathering data from multiple weather services contacts, the contracted bus company (Riteway), superintendents from area districts in Southeastern Wisconsin and other superintendents from Nicolet area schools.
WHAT FACTORS ARE CONSIDERED WHEN MAKING THE DECISION TO CLOSE SCHOOL?
The safety of all Nicolet area school students is our primary concern in making a decision to close schools. In deciding whether children will be safe, we look at the following factors:
- Information on road conditions from the bus company
- Potential safety of bus company starting & completing routes
- The onset, rate, and accumulation of ice and/or snowfall
- Building conditions (e.g. whether schools have power and heat)
- Parking lot conditions
- Temperature and wind-chill: Closing due to cold weather and/or wind chill is not as great a consideration within the Nicolet area schools because of the near door-to-door bus service that is available to students through the schools. The guideline used for considering closure due to temperature is minus 25 degrees (-25°). The guideline used for considering closure due to wind chill is a sustained wind chill of minus 40 degrees (-40°).
WHO DECIDES TO CLOSE SCHOOLS?
After gathering information from all of the sources and factors in regards to weather conditions, the lead superintendent recommends to the other area superintendents to close schools. After this decision is confirmed with Nicolet area school superintendents, the lead superintendent follows a prescribed calling procedure to inform area news media.
WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE?
Generally, school closing announcements are made on the morning of the day of closing between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. However, parents are to use their own discretion in determining whether or not to send their children to school during inclement weather when schools are open.
HOW IS THE PUBLIC NOTIFIED?
In addition to the automated school phone call from District Administration, all school closings or other emergencies will be broadcast by the following stations:
WTMJ-TV (Channel 2)
WITI-TV (Channel 6)
WISN-TV (Channel 12)
WDTV (Channel 58)
WTMJ-Radio (620 AM)
WKTI (94.5 FM)
WISN (1130 AM)
WMIL (106.1 FM)
Parents and students are responsible for knowing about emergency closings and delays. Please make sure that your home contact information remains updated in the Student Services Office to ensure that you receive necessary alerts.