Inclement Weather Procedures

  • In the event of severe weather, the Superintendent of Schools may choose to either cancel school or implement an Early dismissal procedure. 

    School closings due to severe weather or other unusual circumstances will be announced on the District website, social media channels and by an automated phone calling system. You may also tune in to one of the following:

    AM Radio


    FM Radio


    Television Stations

    WGN-TV 9
    CBS -TV 2
    NBC-TV 5
    Fox -32



    Early Dismissal Procedure

    There may be some occasions where it will be necessary to dismiss school early. On these days, middle and high schools will dismiss first. Elementary school students will be released at their regular dismissal time. However, the severity of the inclement weather conditions makes it very difficult to accurately predict an actual dismissal or home arrival time. Phones messages and postings on the district web page will keep parents updated regarding the progress of early dismissal. The KEEP program will not operate in the afternoon on early dismissal days. No afternoon kindergarten or Early Childhood PM bus routes will run when this procedure is implemented and these programs will therefore be cancelled. Extended Day Early Childhood and Dual Language Extended Day Kindergarten students will follow the elementary school dismissal times.

    How Dismissal Decisions are Made

    The decision to implement these procedures will be made after carefully assessing a given weather situation. The safety of your child is at the forefront in the decision-making process. The district will make every effort to assure no child is sent to an unattended home, but to assist the schools, parents should create emergency back up plans in advance for children in the event of an early dismissal. 

    How Dismissal Decisions are Communicated

    We will always post information on our website and social media pages and send recorded voice messages to parents’ phone numbers regarding altered dismissals due to inclement weather. Our emergency notification system automatically imports phone numbers from school records. Therefore, it is very important that you keep your contact information current on the school’s records. We want you to receive important messages so please make sure your phone numbers listed in your student’s Infinite Campus records are accurate so you can receive messages.

    Reopening of school will not be announced, but the closing announcement will be made each day as necessary. In the unlikely event that the decision is made to dismiss students before the end of the school day, radio and TV stations will be notified, and the automated phone calling system will be activated to inform parents directly.

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