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Winter Weather Guidelines

Winter Weather Guidelines

When winter weather occurs, the safety and well-being of students is our top priority. 
It is always our goal to have school in session and we take the decision to close schools very seriously.


How do we make the decision to open or close schools?

When weather conditions are challenging, we make the decision to open or close schools based
on careful consideration of several factors, including:

  • Data from the National Weather Service with updates regarding temperature, wind chill, and snow/ice accumulation.

  • Changes to the weather forecast during the course of the school day that indicates if conditions will improve or worsen.

  • Transportation concerns, including anticipated concerns due to weather changes throughout the school day.

  • Condition of mechanical systems to ensure electricity and heat are working properly.

  • Condition of parking lots and sidewalks surrounding school buildings.

  • Snow removal status and road conditions in the community.

  • Discussions with surrounding school districts, including Morton District 201 and North Berwyn District 98. 



How will families be notified?

  • Information is posted first on school and district websitesFacebook, and Twitter

  • Emails/texts/phone calls to parents/guardians

  • Local television and radio stations

  • Emergency Closing Center's website

*Please be sure that the school office has updated email and phone contacts



Athletics/Extra-curricular activities

If school is not in session, all athletic and extra-curricular activities, including practices, will be cancelled. 
In instances when school is in session and inclement weather is forecasted for after school hours, after
school activities may be cancelled.  Parents will be notified as early as possible in these situations. 



The Final Decision

Parents/guardians ultimately make the decision if conditions safely allow for their children to attend school. 
If school is in session and you decide to keep your child home due to severe weather conditions, it will count
as an excused absence.  In this case, please contact the school office by 8:30 a.m. to let them know your
child will not be in attendance. 

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