School Closures due to Weather Image of Snow

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hool Closure Information

When the weather is bad, the Appleton Area School District follows a process for deciding if schools will be open or closed. The district must make a decision that is the best for all students. We encourage and strongly support you in making the decision that is best for your child(ren). 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.

What is the process for deciding when schools are open or closed due to snow and/or ice?

District staff members review the weather conditions beginning early in the morning. Road conditions are discussed with the Appleton Department of Public Works and Outagamie County Highway Department.

School district staff checks to see if all buildings are accessible for both students and staff. We also consult with Lamers Bus Lines and Valley Transit to see if buses will be able to travel safely to and from school.

Every effort will be made to make the decision whether to close schools by 6:00 a.m. or earlier, and then communicated to all local news outlets and posted on the district’s website and social media.

How can I find out if schools are closed?

On days when the weather is bad, listen to any local radio or television station for information about school closings. You can also check the district's website and the district’s social media. The district will also utilize Infinite Campus alerts with robocalls, emails and text messages, or a combination in an effort to reach all families. Please ensure that your Infinite Campus notifications settings are up to date. 

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 Appleton area in effect for the time just before the school day begins, we will make a decision if our schools should close. 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?

On days when the decision is made to implement a 2-hour delay, the following procedures will take place:

  • All morning 4K, Early Childhood and Title I Preschool classes would be cancelled
  • Elementary School Start Time: 10:27 a.m.
  • Middle School Start Time: 9:50 a.m.
  • High School Start Times: North/9:30 a.m. West/9:55 a.m. East/9:40 a.m.

Note: Some charter schools start at a different time than what is listed above.

When schools are closed, are all activities for the day canceled?

When Appleton schools are closed for the day, it also means that all activities scheduled in school buildings for that day are canceled. This includes all AASD 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?

In many of our families, adults work outside the home and they have no child care 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 you have a question about whether schools or a particular school will be closed for reasons other than severe weather, go to the district’s website or social media for an announcement.


For every family which is happy that school is in session on days when the weather is bad, there is another family that feels schools should be closed. The decision to open or close schools during inclement weather brings out some of the strongest community reactions – no matter which way we go with our weather decisions.

We appreciate your understanding of the difficulties in making this decision, and your support in helping your child get to school safely on winter days. Please know that we will use safety considerations in making all of our weather decisions.


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