Due to hazardous road conditions, Onalaska schools will be 2 hours late today, Wednesday, January 17th and will dismiss at regular time. There will be no early release. No AM preschool, No out of district transportation. Buses on AM and PM snow routes.
Due to the possibility of additional snow and freezing ice this evening, Mini Cheer camp signups have been rescheduled to Thursday, January 18th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the high school foyer. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this winter weather safely.
Good Morning. Due to snow and icy road conditions, Onalaska schools will start two hours late today, Wednesday, January 10th and will dismiss at regular time. There will be no early release. Buses will run on snow routes and there will be no out of district transport to Morton or Olympic.
I wanted to let you know about an event that occurred this afternoon that caused our district to lockdown and then subsequently evacuate.
At approximately 3:45 one of our staff members observed an individual with what appeared to be a rifle or long barreled weapon of some kind walking across the front of the campus before walking in the direction leading away from the District. The staff member immediately contacted the nearest available District employee and reported the information. At that time the District Secretary then contacted myself and our Elementary Principal. After a quick assessment, we phoned law enforcement and directed remaining administrators at the middle school to lock down until we could determine next steps. Law enforcement were in the area within minutes and saw nothing in the immediate proximity of the school. Knowing that, we asked both High School and Elementary/Middle school Administrators to evacuate the buildings and cancel all remaining evening activities in an abundance of caution.
At approximately 5:15, a Deputy contacted me to let me know that an individual had been located and contacted. The weapon that the individual was carrying has been determined to be a pellet gun. Thankfully, we now know that students and staff were never in any real danger. However, we acted with the information we had at the time. We are thankful for the quick actions of our staff members, and the amazingly quick and thorough response from the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.
Thank you and have a good evening,
Brenda Padgett, Superintendent
UPDATE: School Closure. The Power outage has continued with no estimated time of repair and trees are down on some bus routes. Schools are now closed today, Wednesday, September 27, 2023. No evening activities.
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The District is currently experiencing internet and phone outages along with many of our neighboring towns. We have been notified by PUD that the outage will likely be all day but should be up tomorrow. School and evening activities will continue as normal. Thank you for your patience!
Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year!
We are so excited to welcome kids back into the buildings! Here are a few important dates to remember:
Wednesday, August 30th: 5:00-6:00 pm District Wide Open house, 6:00 - 6:30 Ice Cream social!
Tuesday, September 5th: First Day of School for Grades 6-12! Grades TTK-5 will host smart start conferences and begin classes Wednesday, September 6th.
Friday, September 8th: First Day of school for TTK and Kindergarten
Monday, September 25th: First Day of Preschool