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School Closures & Weather Changes

School Closures and Weather Changes

Update: Due to the two snow day closures in January, the new last day of school for Oak Harbor Public Schools will now be June 21, 2024. June 18 will now be a full day and June 21 will be a half day. See our calendar for details.

We pride ourselves on getting students to and from school safely. Snow, windstorms, earthquakes, and power failures can cause disruptions for schools and families. During difficult times, we will do all we can to communicate information through appropriate channels. When weather, road, or school conditions result in a schedule change, we inform families through multiple methods, as appropriate. If schools are operating on a normal schedule, no notifications will be issued. Staff and families do not need to opt-in or register in ParentSquare to receive notifications. 

School closures and schedule changes are districtwide, even if your neighborhood is not severely impacted. Some areas of the district experience more severe weather and driving conditions than others. If your residential area has hazardous road conditions, please do not attempt to drive to school and notify your school of your situation. 

How To Get Notified

We use a variety of methods when issuing communication related to school closures and delays. These are the tools we use to communicate with families:

  • Website: An alert will appear on the main page of our school district page and each school page.
  • Social Media: If you haven't already done so, please follow us on social media. We are on Facebook and Instagram. We will post regular information and alerts about the weather.
  • Phone Call: Families can anticipate receiving phone calls following a weather decision. Please review your Skyward information and report any mistakes to your child's school.
  • Text Message: Texting is only used for school closures, delays, or emergencies. Please review your Skyward information and report any mistakes to your child's school.
  • Email: Families receive emails about weather decisions to the address we have on file. Please review your Skyward information and report any mistakes to your child's school.

Type of Delays

Schools Closed
All public schools in the district are closed. All scheduled activities, meetings, and athletic events are also canceled or postponed. Athletic practices may be optional, depending on the continuation of unsafe weather conditions. Transportation will not be provided to schools outside our school district even though they may be operating as usual unless notified otherwise. District offices at the Administrative Service Center will remain open. 

School Delays (Two-Hour Delays)
Buses will begin their first route two hours later than their scheduled time. Regular bus routes, unless snow routes are identified, will be used for any delay. Breakfast and before-school classes will be canceled. Schools will be dismissed at their regular scheduled times. (Example: If your student gets on bus 6 at 6:38 a.m., they will get on bus 6 at 8:38 a.m.) Hand-in-Hand Early Learning Center morning classes will be canceled, but afternoon classes will continue as normal. 

Evening Activities Cancelled
If travel conditions become hazardous after school has been dismissed, evening meetings and activities may be canceled.

Limited Bus Transportation
Emergency bus routes will be used for both morning and afternoon pick up and drop-offs, unless communicated otherwise in an updated message. If road conditions improve, regular bus stops may be used in the afternoon.  

View Emergency Bus Routes 

Safety Procedures