Oshkosh schools superintendent responds to complaints about lack of snow day

The superintendent of Oshkosh schools has released a detailed explanation of his process for choosing to cancel school in response to a barrage of complaints posted on the district’s Facebook page after Wednesday’s snow storm.

More than 100 comments have been left so far on a district Facebook status posted Wednesday announcing the cancellation of a school board listening session. Parents were upset the district called off a board gathering but continued with classes for students during a day that dumped about 8 inches of snow on the city.

Some parents felt the decision was self-serving:

OASD Facebook Comment

The district posted its response on Facebook and Twitter late Thursday. It stated that Superintendent Stan Mack II monitors snowfall hourly, communicates with the district’s busing company about road conditions and takes into consideration whether neighboring school districts decide to close.

Mack wrote in his statement, “Please keep in mind that if schools closed early, it would be difficult to contact parents to make the necessary arrangements and many students would come home to locked doors and no one to care for them. Many parents work outside of the city of Oshkosh in nearby locations and travel home early from work may be difficult.

“Please also remember that if parents are concerned with deteriorating weather conditions, they are always welcome to pick up their child early from school.”

About Adam Rodewald

Adam Rodewald is the senior reporter for The Oshkosh Northwestern and a member of the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team. He has been a professional journalist since 2006. He specializes in open records, data analysis, and issues surrounding education, children and families.
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