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School Closings & Severe Weather

Our ultimate goal is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff members every day. OSSD will only close schools when we do not feel we can keep our students and staff safe, or conditions do not allow for safe travel. Unless you have heard directly from OSSD, always assume that school is in session.

Severe Weather Protocols

OSSD makes every effort to ensure a safe learning environment for all students and staff members, 180 days each school year. We are fortunate to have some of the most structurally sound buildings in the city of Ocean Springs and all of our schools are located in areas safe from flooding. Closing schools is the absolute last resort for any school district, and OSSD will only close schools when we do not feel we can keep our students and staff safe.

Ultimately, parents make the final decision about whether or not to send their children to school if they believe weather conditions present a safety issue. Parents may use a parental-excused absence (up to two per nine weeks) to allow their child to miss school and make up missed work later.

We never want to lose a day of valuable learning, and we have a history of remaining open. We will always make every possible effort to keep schools open, in most weather conditions, if buses can run reliably and the wait at the bus stop and the walk to school are safe. 

Throughout the school year, unless we announce otherwise, assume that school will be in session. When schools are open we know that our students and staff are safe.

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