An update from 
Community Consolidated
School District 15

November 29, 2017


As we enter into the winter months, please familiarize yourself with District 15's emergency school closing procedures and cold weather recess policy. 

District 15 has collaborated with Districts 211, 214 and other neighboring school districts to determine appropriate and consistent guidelines regarding inclement weather school closures. 

District 15 will follow these guidelines for winter weather closures: 
  • Extreme Cold: Schools will be closed under the condition of a wind-chill warning (wind-chill of -30 degrees Fahrenheit or actual temperature of -15 degrees Fahrenheit). The National Weather Service will be the meteorological source to declare a wind-chill warning. 
  • Extreme Snow and/or Ice: District 15 will monitor weather, road and school bus conditions to determine the most appropriate decision for our school community. 
  • If school will be closed, District 15 will typically notify families by 5 a.m. the day of the closure. 
Notification of a weather-related school closure will be made a number of ways, including phone and email messages to parents, the district's website, Facebook, Twitter, the Emergency Closing Center (search for DIST #15 (Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Hoffman Estates)  or the name of your school) and local TV and radio stations. The announcement on the radio and TV describes our district as: "District 15, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Cook County."

Illinois School Code and District 15 policy allows parents to call their student out as excused in the event that the district keeps schools open but you have concerns about your child's safety traveling to or from school. 

Cold Weather Recess

Students generally will go outside for recess every day if the combined temperature and wind-chill is above 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Please send your child to school dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.

If the combined actual temperature and wind-chill is below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, all students will remain inside for the entire lunch hour. If the combined actual temperature and wind-chill is between 0 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit, students will have a shortened window of outdoor recess and will remain indoors for the remainder of the lunch/recess hour. 

Emergency Contact Information

It is extremely important that your Parent Portal account contains current emergency contact information for your family. We will not be able to notify you of a school closure if your phone number and/or email address is inaccurate. 

Coming Soon: District 15 will be implementing a new notifications system this winter that will allow us to contact parents via text messaging in addition to email and voice calls. If you have a cell phone, please include that number in your child's emergency contact information in the Parent Portal so we can reach you through text message, when appropriate. 


Honor your child's teacher or valued school staff member this holiday season with a one-five Foundation Staff Tribute. A donation in his or her name to the one-five Foundation provides a meaningful way to tell staff members they are appreciated. The one-five Foundation funds projects that enhance learning in District 15 classrooms.

Honorees will receive personalized seasonal cards to commemorate your donation. Cards will be delivered to all schools, and honorees will be recognized on the one-five Foundation's website.
Fill out the  Foundation's Staff Tribute form to purchase a holiday tribute. 

Girls in Engineering_ Math_ _ Science Extravaganza

District 15 girls in Grades 5 and 6 are invited to sign up for the District 211 Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) Extravaganza set for Saturday, Feb. 3. The event takes place at Conant High School from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., offering hands-on interactive activities for girls interested in STEM courses and careers. 

Registration begins Friday, Dec. 1 and closes Jan. 9 (or when sessions are filled). To register your child, visit the District 211 website at


Please make note of these important dates for your calendar as we approach Winter Break. Break begins on Monday, Dec. 25 and students return to school Monday, Jan. 8. 

Schools will also be closed Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Tuesday, Jan. 16 is a non-student attendance day while teachers take part in professional development. 


Plum Grove Junior High Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Design and Modeling students have formed a partnership with Fremd High School PLTW Introduction to Engineering and Design students. Together, they are exploring using the design process to create an electronic charging station with personal organizer. Similar STEM partnerships exist between other District 15 and 211 schools. 

The public is invited to see the culmination of their hard work as the students assemble their designs on Thursday, Nov. 30 at Fremd High School. See students work through the engineering design process live from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. 

Blackhawks visit Paddock

The Chicago Blackhawks staff visited Stuart R. Paddock School Nov. 29 as part of the Get Out And Learn (GOAL) program. The school was selected to participate in one-hour clinics led by the Blackhawks youth hockey staff.

Once the event concluded, the Blackhawks donated 30 street hockey sticks, 30 hockey balls and two nets to the school. Students and staff had a great time learning about hockey!

Coat Closet

Thanks to volunteers from the charity organization  Palatine Assisting Through Hope (PATH), District 15 families in need have access to clothing free of charge. The Community Clothing Closet is housed at Gray M. Sanborn Elementary School, and provides families with coats, boots and other clothing items year-round. The closet was featured in the Daily Herald Nov. 22. 

PATH is always seeking clothing donations in order to keep the program running. Donations are accepted at Community Clothing Closet boxes located at all District 15 schools. The greatest needs are for children's clothing, winter coats, boots and snow pants. All clothing should be clean and in good condition. 
Morgan Delack
Chief Communication Officer
(847) 963-3204