Vital District Information
KSDE Required Documents
School Dismissal Due to Adverse Weather
Oskaloosa School District schools will be open on all regularly scheduled school days unless circumstances create health or safety issues. However, weather conditions can vary greatly in different neighborhoods and on different streets. We encourage parents to make attendance decisions for their children based on their specific ability to get to school safely.
Additionally, if your contact information has recently changed, please contact the District Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-863-2539 X-129. This will enable the school and/or the district to notify you in the event of a closure or early release. If you are not notified by the designated channels listed below, you can safely assume your school is open. If you are concerned about your child’s ability to safely travel to school, please exercise your parental discretion to make the decision that is best for your child.
Here are some general philosophies regarding school closure decisions:
We will use weather forecasts, radar, personal reconnaissance, and consensus of surrounding districts in the decision-making process.
Safety is our top priority so, when in doubt, we try to err on the side of caution.
We will make the decision as soon as possible to give families a better chance to plan. We will not comment about the likelihood of cancelling school in advance of the decision.
After the decision to cancel school is made, we will sometimes send a follow-up email explaining the factors involved. We will not typically send notices that school will be open as scheduled.
METHODS OF NOTIFICATION
Thrillshare: We will send out through our Thrillshare communication system. That could include: Text, Voice Call and Email. This depends on your personal settings and information.
School Website: We will post on our Live Feed on the Website when the cancelation is called.
Social Media: We will share cancellations through our district Facebook account.
Media: We will air our closing announcements on WIBW TV 13, KSNT TV 27, KTMJ Fox 43, KCTV 5 Kansas City, as well as radio stations: 1320 AM KLWN, KAIR 93.7, 105.9 FM, 101.7 FM, 92.9 FM , and Kansas Public Radio.
COLD WEATHER CANCELLATIONS
Cold weather can prevent our diesel buses from operating properly and/or endanger students.
In preparation for cold weather cancellations, the National Weather Service (NWS) has a very helpful wind chill and frostbite graph, which you can see here: https://www.weather.gov/safety/cold-wind-chill-chart
In order to err on the side of caution as promised, we will use a wind chill temperature of negative 15 degrees Fahrenheit as the cut-off point for canceling school. For your convenience, the decision will be made the night before using the 7:00 a.m. NWS forecast located at this site:
For your convenience, we will not delay the start of school. We will avoid dismissing school early whenever possible, but circumstances may require it, so please plan for that contingency.
The decision to cancel school must be made by 6:00 a.m. It is possible that conditions will worsen between then and the start of school. If so, we cannot reverse the decision without endangering students because buses and many parents will have already departed. Therefore, if conditions worsen after 6:00 a.m., you will need to use your best judgment as to whether or not to send students to school.
Parents always have the option to excuse an absence due to inclement weather or local road conditions.
School Messenger Automated Notification System
Our district uses a notification system, "School Messenger", to notify parents and students of all kinds of important information, included school closings, last minute practice and game changes, and vital reminders.
To sign up for text message alerts please text YES to 68453 from each text message enabled device that you would like to receive notifications. Because we notify parents of all kinds of information, it is very important that we keep current information. If you have questions, you may contact our registrar at email@example.com or call 785-863-2539 X-129.
USD 341 District Wellness History and Plan
To view USD 341 Wellness Policies please click on the link below (or copy and paste into your browser) and select one or each of following report options and look for our district number D0341.
School Nutrition Program Wellness Policy: Wellness Policies by Sponsor – Elementary
School Nutrition Program Wellness Policy: Wellness Policies by Sponsor – Middle
School Nutrition Program Wellness Policy: Wellness Policies by Sponsor – High
If you would be interested in participating on our Wellness Committee please contact the District Office.
Schools were obligated by federal and state law to have a Wellness Plan in place by the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year. The district’s new and improved Wellness Committee structure was board approved in the fall of 2009. During the 2009-2010 school year, the Wellness Committee studied current wellness needs within the school district and set goals to improve on any current need. District needs and goals were established in three main areas: Nutrition Education, Nutrition and Physical Activity. The district goals were integrated into a district Wellness Plan of Action. This Wellness Plan of Action was used as a guideline to promote healthier food and beverages choices as well as overall healthy lifestyle choices for both students and staff. During the 2010-2011 school year the current Wellness Plan of Action was launched.
Although, a few members of the Wellness Committee have changed since 2009, the structure and goals of the Wellness Plan of Action have remained basically the same. In addition, the Wellness Committee attempts to meet formally three times each school year.
In this, the 2016-2017 school year, the District Wellness Plan has entered into its eighth year. On December 1st, 2016, the District Wellness Committee met for their first meeting of the 2016-2017 school year. Beverly Newton, KSDE Wellness Coach, attended the meeting to review past practices of the Wellness Committee and Plan as well as provide suggestions for Wellness Committee moving forward. Beverly Newton also assisted the district in preparing for its KSDE Nutrition and Wellness Administrative Review that was held in January of 2017. The current Wellness Plan was board approved on February 13, 2017. In addition, stakeholders will be advised on the new Wellness Plan through the KSDE KESA process during an upcoming District Site Council (DSC) Team Meeting.
The Wellness Plan is divided into three sections:
-Student Nutrition Education
Click here to view the Wellness Plan.
Child Nutrition Programs: Application
Unified School District No. 341, Oskaloosa Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, handicap, or age in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Any questions regarding the School’s compliance with Title VI, Title IX, or Section 504, may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached at (785) 863-2539, 404 Park St., Oskaloosa, Kansas 66066, or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.