Dear WASD Parents and Guardians,

Due to the unusually high number of severe winter weather events that resulted in school closures during this school year, the Wautoma Area School District has only 1 remaining “Built-In” day-off-of-school within our school district calendar for severe weather events.  

If and when this 1 remaining “Built-In” day is used for a school closure; in order to meet the required instructional hours set by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, we will need to shift to Remote Learning for any additional school closure day(s) that occur for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year.  Using a Remote Learning structure will allow us to avoid adding instructional days at the end of the school year.

In preparation for Remote Learning on the day before a potential school closure, we will send students home with appropriate learning materials, activities, and/or equipment.  An outline of the Remote Learning Structure is shown below:

  • All learning activities and assignments will be asynchronous (not live); therefore students can work at their own pace to complete their assignments.

  • Early Childhood-4K:  Recommended activities will be shared with parents.

  • Kindergarten-5th Grade:  Instructional activities focused on core class learning will be sent home with the students.  Throughout the day, from 8:00 AM to 3:15 PM, teachers will access electronic communications to respond to questions.

  • 6th-12th Grade:  Learning expectations, assignments, and activities will be posted to Schoology by 8 AM.  Students should log into Schoology, check-in on each of their courses, and complete the posted expectations. If you experience a loss of power, internet usage, and/or do not have access to the internet, please make your respective school office aware when returning to school.  Throughout the day, from 8:00 AM to 3:15 PM, teachers will access electronic communications to respond to questions.

Again, the goal of moving to the Remote Learning structure is to maintain some continuity and semblance of learning without the need to add days on to the calendar in June.

The decision to cancel school due to severe winter weather hinges on the timing and potential travel impact of the storm and/or due to dangerous wind chills.  We make these school closure or delay decisions after analyzing up-to-date data from the National Weather Service and checking our district routes for potential unsafe travel conditions; consequently, these decisions are never taken lightly.

We appreciate your cooperation and patience throughout this entire process.


Tom Rheinheimer - Wautoma Area School District Administrator