School Closing Information
Preparing for Winter Weather and Potential School Closure
With winter almost upon us, it is important to review the procedures we use to determine whether or not to cancel school due to concerns for student and staff safety.
Since we live in Northern Illinois, there will be many cold winter days with snow and ice on the ground. Our first inclination is to keep school open and students learning as we know school closings present challenges for our families. We do not want to close school unless it is absolutely necessary. That being said, there are a few instances when closing may be necessary to ensure the safety of our staff and students.
Snow - Excessive amounts of snow, particularly in the overnight hours, that makes timely snow removal difficult. Often times it is not the amount of snow, but when it falls, that necessitates closure.
Ice - Icy road conditions can be just as dangerous as a large snowfall.
Extreme Cold - There will be many cold days that school is still in session. However, when the wind chill is predicted to be -30 or below, we will begin to examine closing school. There is no magic number as we look at temperature, wind chill, the timing and duration of cold weather, and weigh that against the operation of our buses and the length of time students spend at the bus stop.
How are families notified of a school closure? Notification is made through our automated alert system (phone, e-mail, text). Information is also posted on our website and social media pages.
When will families be notified of a school closure? Whenever possible, we will make the decision by 9:00 PM the night before - based on the forecast. However, there may be times when the call cannot be made until the morning. At the latest, announcements will be made by 6:00 AM.
Will the district have a delayed start like the high schools? Not at this time, although we are studying whether this is a viable option for next school year.
Will the district ever dismiss students early because of weather? Only under the direst of circumstances. Again, the childcare needs of an early dismissal would be problematic for many families.
What about extracurricular programs? All extracurricular programs are cancelled in the event school is cancelled. Also, there may be times when school is held but inclement weather develops in the afternoon that necessitates the cancellation of activities.