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Inclement Weather/Emergency Procedures
The Superintendent makes the decision to close schools or change schedules due to inclement weather. When there is indication of possible inclement weather, the Superintendent monitors the forecast and consults with:
  • The director of buildings and grounds to determine the accessibility to our schools
  • The transportation company to determine if buses will be available
  • The police department to determine road conditions and other factors
  • Superintendents of other area school districts

The Superintendent determines whether the students can safely be transported to and from school and whether staff can arrive at school safely. The Superintendent tries to make the decision to open on time, open with a delayed start or close schools by 5:30am; however, there may be times when the decision must be made later.  

Delayed Start

The Superintendent may determine that school may safely be opened late, allowing time for roads to clear and staff and families to arrive at school. All bus pick-up and arrival times will be two hours late. In a delayed start plan, there will be no A.M. preschool; P.M. preschool classes will run as normal.

Late morning or early afternoon storms present a different set of problems. In very rare cases such a decision may be made.

Communication

In the event of a weather-related or emergency closing or schedule change, the District sends an email, phone call and text message to staff and families through Skylert. All families must make sure their contact information is up to date in Family Access by clicking on the Skylert button on the left navigation bar. You must enter your cell phone number in Skylert in order to opt in to receive text notifications from the District.

The District will post the announcement through the District 109 Mobile App, on the District home page, District social media accounts, and on the Emergency Closing Center website.

When schools remain open during inclement weather, the final decision to keep a child home is the responsibility of each child’s parents. If you keep your child home, report the absence due to weather; the absence will be excused.

Get a full list of Chicagoland area closures from the Emergency Closing Center.