CCSD 89 emergency closing info
If weather conditions necessitate school closings, Community Consolidated School District 89 will communicate that notice in multiple ways.
Information about closings will be released through:
- A phone message to families
- The district’s website: www.ccsd89.org
- The district’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CCSD89
- The district Twitter account: @CCSD89 (twitter.com/CCSD89)
The district will send out a notice if the schools are closed. If there is no notice posted, then schools are open on a regular schedule.
It is essential that the school has up-to-date contact information. In an emergency, you will be contacted at the phone number and email address that is on file with the school. To update your contact information, contact your school's secretary.
If schools are closed due to inclement weather, the administration will assess the conditions at mid-day and make a determination regarding after-school activities.
If schools are open, it is the responsibility of guardians to determine if conditions allow for their children to attend school.
If school is closed with sufficient notice, instruction could transition to a day of online learning. In that case, an emergency day would not be added to the end of the school year. Read more: Resolution to adopt eLearning in lieu of the district's scheduled emergency days
Deciding to close school
There is no specific temperature that triggers a school closing. Weather forecasts, temperature, and wind chill are all reviewed.
The superintendent makes the final decision about whether to close schools, after consulting with district administrators and other local officials. The decision is based on the ability for students to make it to and from school safely. Snowfall, temperature, wind chill, road conditions, and bus safety are all considered when making a decision to close.
The district begins monitoring reports the day before severe weather is expected. Early in the morning, the superintendent participates in a conference call with other nearby school districts to gauge local weather and transportation conditions. Each district then makes its own decision on whether to close, based on circumstances in their area.
The district makes every effort to communicate a decision on closing schools by 5:30 a.m.
If the school is closed, the day will be added to the end of the school year. The district builds five emergency days into the school calendar.
Many families work outside the home and childcare can be challenging when schools are closed. Keeping this in mind, CCSD 89 makes every effort to keep schools open if it is safe to do so, and tries to not dismiss the students early on days when the weather becomes worse.
Dress for the weather
Even when school is open, students should dress for winter conditions. Students will continue to go outside for recess as long as the weather remains above 10 degrees (as measured by weather.com), and an emergency could cause students to stand outside for an extended time.
The district’s phone message system uses phone numbers and email addresses supplied by guardians during registration. If your phone number or email address changes, it is important you contact your school secretary to update your records.