|When Do We Make the Call the Morning Of?
We constantly monitor the weather, but as we all know, weather forecasts can change from day to day or even from hour to hour. If the forecast looks like there is a reasonable chance that students may be able to travel to school safely by foot, by bus, and by car, we may not be able to make a decision on closing school until early in the morning. As we consider safety, we factor in what the specific conditions are and what time they'll occur. During these circumstances, I participate in a conference call with Superintendent Larson from Glenbard District 87 and the superintendents of the other Glenbard feeder districts, and we coordinate closings when possible because we know that many of our parents are impacted by not only our decision, but Glenbard's as well.
This was the case Sunday night into Monday morning. It was an especially tough call because at the time we called school, a manageable amount of snow had accumulated, but there was still more forecasted to fall at a consistent rate throughout the rest of the morning. Ultimately, we erred on the side of student, parent, and staff safety because we had concerns about the roads as well as being able to clear the parking lots, side walks, and entrance ways to get students and faculty safely into our buildings.
I grew up in a household with two working parents, so I understand the frustrations this type of early morning decision can cause parents, but it is our duty to make an attempt to hold school if there's a reasonable opportunity to do so.
When Do We Make the Call a Day In Advance?
If a forecast is such that there is very little to no chance that we will avoid extreme cold, an abundance of snow, or any other severe inclement weather, we may cancel school a day in advance of the extreme weather event. We generally will not make the call farther than a day out because we want to ensure the forecast does not change. In the case of Wednesday and Thursday, we considered it one single weather event and made the call for both days on Tuesday.
How Do We Notify Parents Schools Are Closed?
We will always actively notify parents directly via call, text, email, and app push as soon as a decision has been made to close schools, in addition to posting to our website and social media. If you did not receive the call, text, or email on Monday or Wednesday when we canceled, please notify your child's school office and they will work with you to ensure your contact information is entered correctly into our system.
If School Is In Session, We Do Not Actively Notify Parents Directly
We do not actively notify parents directly when school is in session. It should always be assumed schools are open on school days unless you hear from us otherwise. When circumstances are such that we feel many parents may be wondering if school is in session, we do post that schools are open to our website and to social media for those who are seeking a confirmation or wondering if they somehow missed the notifications calling off school.