Weather Emergency Procedures

A primary goal of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District personnel is to protect the safety and well being of students. If severe weather conditions develop, a decision to close will only be made after carefully considering a number of factors. The timing of the decision is influenced by the severity, intensity and movement of the storm center. If the District is considering closing school due to bitter cold and wind chill, it will do so if the National Weather Service changes a wind chill advisory to a wind chill warning. A decision to close will be made as early as possible, preferably by 6:00 a.m. Area radio, TV, and cable television stations will be notified immediately after the decision is made so that students, parents and staff members will be informed promptly.

Dismissing Classes Early
Every effort will be made to follow the regular end-of-the-day dismissal schedule since changing it can cause confusion and inconvenience for parents and students. On those rare occasions when maintaining the regular schedule might result in large groups of students being unable to return home safely, school will be dismissed early. In such instances, radio and television stations will be asked to provide advance warning of the closing time.

Bus Transportation and Early Dismissal
Bus transportation, not grade level, is the main factor that determines dismissal times. Bus scheduling is a complicated matter, and route changes during an early dismissal have the potential for causing confusion and the later arrival home of students.

Bus schedules are rarely changed during an early dismissal. Upon the end of a school day, many middle school and high school students are responsible for caring for their elementary-age brothers and sisters. The School District wants to avoid transporting elementary school students home prior to the arrival of their older brothers and sisters.

Factors that determine school closings and early dismissals

  • Current weather/safety condition

  • Weather forecast

  • Highway and road conditions

  • Ability of bus contractors and/or parents to transport students

  • Ability of staff members to travel to and from their work assignments

  • Operating plans of other area school districts

  • Status of related special activities

  • School closing announcement 

School closing information will be posted on the District Website, District FacebookDistrict Twitter, and broadcast over the following radio and television stations.

WTMJ AM 620
WOKY AM 920
WEMP AM 1250
WXSS FM 103.7
WLZY FM 102.9
WKTI FM 94.5
WMIL FM 106.1
WLTQ FM 97.3
WMYX FM 99.1
WKLH FM 96.5
WTMJ TV 4
WITI TV 6
WISN TV 12
WDJT TV 58
Cable Channel 13 (West Allis & West Milwaukee Only)