Onalaska superintendent explains decision to release early

Winter weather closes down local schools, activities

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - The snow started Monday afternoon at about the time many kids would normally be on their way home from school.

After keeping a close eye on the forecast all day, dozens of area schools made the decision to cut the day short and release students early.

 La Crosse and Onalaska were just a couple of the districts to send students home two hours ahead of schedule after district officials across the area spent much of the morning staying in contact with each other.

Onalaska's superintendent says the decision for an early release was made once forecasts started calling for snow to arrive in the area in the mid-afternoon.

"We decided that the best thing to do would be to be proactive and let school out early. We'd rather be safe than sorry. We'd rather have kids home at 3 o'clock than in a slushy road and a bus trying to climb a hill someplace," said Superintendent Fran Finco.

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