Emergency School Closing
The decision to close school because of snow, extreme cold, or other emergencies will be made as close to 6:00 a.m. as possible. Families and staff can expect to receive a recorded phone message and email from the District office announcing any closures. Parents can sign up for text messages by including a cell phone number in the cell field in ParentVue. As always, please make sure that your contact information in ParentVue is accurate and updated to ensure timely, important messages from the schools and District.
If you do not hear from us, expect schools to be open. We will only announce when schools are closed.
Families may also check the District's home page (www.cusd200.org) or social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) for closing information. Local radio and TV stations will also be informed and announcements should be made over the following radio and television stations:
WGN Radio 720
WBBM News Radio 78
CBS Channel 2
NBC Channel 5
ABC Channel 7
WGN Channel 9
Fox Channel 32
CLTV News Channel 48
Closing information is also available by:Online: www.EmergencyClosings.com
E-mail: Sign up for personalized e-mail notification at www.EmergencyClosings.com
Facility Search: You will need to enter " Dist 200" or your child's school name along with the city that the school is located in atwww.EmergencyClosings.comto search.
If schools are not closed, parents and guardians have the option to keep their children home from school due to safety concerns. Children kept home due to weather conditions will have an excused absence.
Radio and TV stations are likely to report closings as Community Unit School District 200 or CUSD 200 and not list individual schools. Please listen to these announcements carefully as there are several District 200 school systems in the metropolitan area.
If it is necessary to close school once classes begin, students will be dismissed based on information parents provide at registration. While the school will make every attempt to reach parents, it is not always possible. In those cases, the emergency information provided by parents at registration will be used. Please be certain that the school office has current names and phone numbers of your family's emergency contacts. It is suggested that you discuss these emergency arrangements with your child.
Factors that influence the decision include the amount of snow anticipated and on the the ground, road conditions, temperature and wind chill, bus availability and potential schedule delays, and the arrival time and projected duration of weather conditions.The District will base its decision on the following information:
Decision on the cancellation of after school and extracurricular activities will be made by 2:00 PM by District administration and may be unique for Elementary, Middle, and High School levels. Information about cancellations will be made available:
- The bus company believes that they can run all of their bus routes in a timely manner and deliver our students safely to school.
- The District 200 facilities' department is confident that they can keep our driveways, walkways, doorways and parking lots cleared sufficiently for pedestrians, cars, and emergency vehicles.
- The municipal street departments servicing District 200 can maintain all of the streets in an acceptable manner.
- The weather forecast supports our decision.
- The decisions being made by neighboring school districts.