School Closings

The following agencies broadcast school closings in the event of severe ice or snow (or other emergencies) and when it is deemed advisable to close the schools:

Radio TV Social Media  Online and via Email
WGN    720AM
WBBM  780AM
CBS-2
CLTV
NBC-5
ABC-7
WGN-9
FOX-32

District Twitter Account

 www.EmergencyClosingCenter.com
OR
District Website


Information Concerning Severe Cold


Wind-Chill Warning - Take Action!

Schools will be closed under the condition of a wind-chill warning. The National Weather Service issues a wind chill warning when dangerously cold wind chill values are expected or occurring. If you are in an area with a wind chill warning, avoid going outside during the coldest parts of the day. If you do go outside, dress in layers, cover exposed skin, and make sure at least one other person knows your whereabouts. Update them when you arrive safely at your destination.


Wind-Chill Watch - Be Prepared

Schools may be closed under the condition of a wind-chill watch.  The National Weather Service issues a wind chill watch when dangerously cold wind chill values are possible. As with a warning, adjust your plans to avoid being outside during the coldest parts of the day. Be sure you dress appropriately and cover exposed skin when venturing outdoors. If school is in session, school administrators may determine to cancel any off-campus activities (i.e. field trips), extracurricular activities and outside recess or physical education classes. They may also determine to allow students to keep outerwear with them while in the building.


Wind-Chill Advisory - Be Aware

Schools will be in session under the condition of a wind-chill advisory. The National Weather Service issues a wind chill advisory when seasonably cold wind chill values, but not extremely cold values are expected or occurring. Be sure you dress appropriately and cover exposed skin when venturing outdoors. School administrators may determine to cancel any off-campus activities (i.e. field trips), extracurricular activities and outside recess or physical education classes. They may also determine to allow students to keep outerwear with them while in the building.


For additional information on responding to severe cold temperatures, please visit the National Weather Service website.



Emergency Early Dismissal Procedures Due to Severe Winter Weather

Dear Parents:

In the event of severe winter weather occurring during the school day, it may be necessary to dismiss the students enrolled at Wauconda Middle School, Matthews Middle School, and Wauconda High School earlier than usual.

The reason this action would be taken is to allow the buses an opportunity to drop off these older students in order to return to take the younger elementary students at Wauconda Grade School, Cotton Creek School, and Robert Crown School home according to their regular dismissal time.

If this early dismissal was not done, we would run the risk of buses being unable to return the Wauconda Grade School, Robert Crown and Cotton Creek students to their homes, or very late drop off for these same students. In addition, we hope to avoid buses driving in a snowstorm when it is dark.

Parents of students in grades six through twelve need to be aware of the possibility that this situation could occur due to inclement winter weather. If it does, we would enact the SchoolMessenger Service in an attempt to notify you that your sixth through twelfth grade student was coming home early.  As a result, we ask that you make appropriate arrangements with your sixth through twelfth grade student in order for them to gain access to shelter after being dismissed early due to weather conditions.  This type of situation does not occur often, but if it does we wanted you to be informed of our actions so that you and your students can be prepared.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,
Dr. Daniel J. Coles
Superintendent of Schools


Procedimientos de Emergencia de Despido Temprano Debido a Severo Clima de Invierno

Estimados Padres:

En la eventualidad de un clima severo de invierno durante el día escolar, puede ser necesario despedir a los estudiantes atendiendo en la escuelas Wauconda Middle School, Matthews Middle School y Wauconda High School más temprano de lo usual.

La razón para que esta acción sea tomada es el permitir a los autobuses la oportunidad de llevar a estos estudiantes mayores a tiempo para volver y llevar a la casa a los estudiantes más jóvenes que están en las escuelas primarias Wauconda Grade School, Cotton Creek y Robert Crown según su horario de despido regular.

Si este despido temprano no se hiciera, estaríamos corriendo el riesgo de que los autobuses no puedan regresar a sus casas a los estudiantes de Wauconda Grade School, Cotton Creek y Robert Crown, o que estos estudiantes lleguen sumamente tarde.  Además, queremos evitar que haya autobuses manejando en una tormenta de nieve cuando ya ha oscurecido.

Los padres de los estudiantes de sexto al doceavo grado  tienen que estar al tanto de la posibilidad de que esta situación pueda ocurrir debido a las condiciones del clima de invierno.  Si ocurre, nosotros haríamos uso del Sistema de Mensajería Escolar para intentar notificarles que su estudiante de sexto al doceavo grado va a llegar temprano a la casa.  Como resultado, les solicito que hagan los arreglos apropiados con su estudiante de sexto al doceavo grado de manera que estos tengan acceso a un lugar de resguardo donde estar después que hayan sido despedidos temprano debido a las condiciones del clima.  Este tipo de situación no ocurre muy seguido, pero si ocurre, nosotros queremos que ustedes estén informados de nuestras acciones de modo que ustedes y sus estudiantes estén preparados.

 
Gracias por su cooperación.

Sinceramente,
Dr. Daniel J. Coles
Superintendente de Escuelas