Weather Related Closings

FPS School Closure Information

In the event we have inclement weather, the information below is helpful for parents and students to understand in regards to FPS School closures.  

How are closures determined?
When inclement weather is approaching or evident, we work to make a school closure determination and communicate this to families by 6 am at the latest.  When our local weather authorities begin discussing the possibility of severe weather, FPS District Administrator Annalee Bennin will consult with various sources about the impact potential weather may have on the ability to hold school.  These sources include National Weather Service updates (Milwaukee/Sullivan Office), road condition reports, and conversations with other area superintendents. 

If schools are closed, all after-school activities, including athletic competitions, practices and FPS Community Education & Recreation activities, will be canceled unless otherwise communicated. ´╗┐Please know that the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We will always make decisions out of caution and, at the same time, communicate with you as early as possible.

How can families and staff expect to receive information about closures?
The following are the ways we communicate the closing and where you can expect to see information:

  • Parents and Staff will be sent an email, phone call and text message alert.
  • Students will be sent an email at their account (4K, 5K, & up through 12th grade)
  • Closing information will be posted to our district and school webpages (in the “News” feeds).
  • Closing information will be posted to our district social media channels (be sure to like or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if you don’t already!).
  • Closing information will be shared with local media outlets so that our information is included in the weather updates that occur via local news online and on TV (CBS58, FOX6, TMJ4, WISN12)


How do closures impact school days (2023-24)?
The state of Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requires a minimum number of instructional minutes during the school year. Our current school calendar allows for one School Closure day across the district.  If we were to see subsequent closure days, FHS will need to adjust scheduling for the remainder of the school year in order to meet DPI requirements. If we experience more than three school closures at the elementary and middle school level we will communicate around further adjustments that may need to be made. Outlined below is what families can expect:

  • Closure #1 - 4K-12 no school, no virtual learning
  • Closure #2-3 - 4K-8th - No school, no virtual learning
    9-12th grade - HS will communicate adjustments to accommodate instructional minutes per DPI
  • Closure #4+ - The district will communicate any further changes that may need to take place district wide