Superintendent
Welcome to the Howard-Suamico School District

Damian LaCroix
Superintendent

(920) 662-7709

 

Sharon Rentmeester
Executive Secretary
(920) 662-7709

 

Brian Nicol

Director of Communications

(920) 662-7825

 

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Inclement Weather Information

Updated December 2018

 

Weather conditions are both variable and potentially extreme in Wisconsin; however, the safety of students and staff will guide decisions regarding delaying or closing.  

 

Concrete rules do not exist in making decisions regarding weather. These guidelines will serve as a reference for the Howard-Suamico School District (HSSD).  

 

  • HSSD believes the public expects schools to be open and provide educational services as well as supervision and other services, such as meals, to its students.  

 

  • HSSD recognizes that it is first and foremost a parental decision as to whether or not a child should attend school on inclement weather days.  

 

  • HSSD respects a parent’s determination regarding his/her child’s attendance at school during inclement weather. If school is open, or delayed, because of inclement weather, the school will respect the parent’s decision to keep their child at home. Parents are expected to contact the school and inform school officials of their determination, and the student will be counted as absent. Students who are absent due to inclement weather will be given the opportunity to complete their academic work in the same manner as an excused absence from school.

 

In the event of inclement weather, here’s how you can learn about HSSD internal processes for determining and communicating school closures or modifications to the school day schedule such as a delayed start or early release.
 

Wind Chill Warning
For extreme cold weather, the main indicator is wind chill factor. If the wind chill factor generates a Wind Chill Warning (-35 sustained wind chill), we will close for the day - or may consider a delayed start. We will typically operate on a normal school schedule when there is a Wind Chill Advisory (-10 sustained wind chill).

Snow or Ice Events
Delaying or closing school for all - or part - of the day is a significant decision that is based on several data inputs from a variety of informed sources. How the decision is determined:
 

  • School staff consult with the National Weather Service.

  • School staff look closely at the timing of the snow/ice/wind, how much is predicted, and how it will potentially impact getting students to/from school.

  • School staff work closely with Lamers Bus Company. Our staff and/or officials from Lamers drive the roads to assess if they are safe and passable.

  • School staff in our Building and Grounds Department are consulted to ensure that parking lots and sidewalk snow removal is attainable.

  • School staff work with the village officials to confirm snow removal from main thoroughfares of traffic.

  • School staff network with other officials in Brown County to compare reports and share information.

 

Freezing Rain/Sleet and Dense Fog
The most unpredictable weather variables are freezing rain/sleet and dense fog. Freezing rain/sleet is temperature sensitive and, like dense fog, fast-occurring. Each begins and ends with little notice. When freezing/rain sleet are predicted or when dense fog appears, the decision regarding whether or not school is delayed/closed will occur based on observations of the most current and local conditions.

 

WEATHER-RELATED NOTIFICATIONS

  • Social Media: The District will post updates on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HowardSuamicoSchools) and Twitter (@HSSD).

  • HSSD Website: Visit the HSSD website at www.hssd.k12.wi.us. Emergency notifications will be posted on the home page news blog.

  • Emergency Emails: The District will send emergency emails to all staff and parents with email contact information shared in PowerSchool.

  • Local Media: Emergency school closings, delays, and early releases are also communicated to local media including:

    • The Press Times

    • Green Bay Press-Gazette

    • WBAY (Channel 2)

    • WFRV (Channel 5)

    • WLUK (Channel 11)

    • WGBA (Channel 26)

    • Woodward Radio Group (95.9 FM, 104.3 FM)

    • Midwest Communications (101.1 FM, 1360 AM, 1440 AM)

The Howard-Suamico School District is now using text messages to communicate weather-related delays and cancellations. There is an easy way to opt-in for texting if your household primary number in our student information system, PowerSchool, is a mobile phone.

 

Just text the word Yes to 68453

You should receive a confirmation reply within a few minutes of sending your request.

 

SCHOOL CLOSING PROCEDURES

Below is information about emergency closing procedures that the Howard-Suamico School District follows. We realize that any change from the normal school schedule may cause some disruption. The below options will be utilized sparingly and only when conditions make such procedures absolutely necessary. It is very important, however, that you are prepared for such an emergency. Please make all necessary arrangements in advance for alternate supervision for your children in case of emergency closings. Our ultimate goal is to ensure care and safety for all students.

 

School Closing Procedures
There are three scenarios for closing school, which may be considered based upon weather conditions:

Option #1 - Schools Closed: All HSSD schools will be closed for the day. No after-school activities occur on days when schools are closed.
 

Option #2 - Delayed Start - Two Hours: Schools will start two hours later than their usual starting time. Students who use school bus transportation should be at their assigned bus stop two hours later than normal. Students who walk should plan to arrive at their school two hours later than the normal arrival time. Students will be dismissed at their regular dismissal time at the end of the day.


Early Childhood and Morning Half-Day 4-Year-Old Kindergarten:  
When schools are delayed two hours, early childhood and morning 4K classes are not in session.

 

Option #3 - Early Dismissal: Dismissal time is determined based on weather and communicated to families as soon as possible. No after school activities occur on early dismissal days.
 

Absences

If a parent deems the weather too dangerous for his/her child to attend, the parent has the right to request an excused absence for the child. If students are tardy due to cars not starting, etc., those excuses will be honored.

Attendance hotline phone numbers:

  • Bay Harbor: 920-662-8800

  • Forest Glen: 920-662-7990

  • Howard: 920-662-9732

  • Meadowbrook: 920-662-5036

  • Suamico: 920-662-9808

  • Lineville: 920-662-7875

  • Bay View: 920-662-8184

  • Bay Port: 920-662-7248
     

Thank you for your support as we prepare for emergency school closings.

 

 

 

 


 

Damian LaCroix

Howard-Suamico School District

2706 Lineville Road

Green Bay, WI 54313

(920) 662-7878

Fax (920) 662-9777


 

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"An authentic, innovative, connected, and inspired experience for an ever-changing future."

 

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