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.
NEW in 2021: In the event that severe weather closes school buildings, teachers will now provide live or recorded lessons that students would participate in through their Chromebook or iPad. The school day would follow regular school hours, including a break for lunch. When there is a forecast of severe weather, students should plan to bring their Chromebook or iPad home the day before. The district will make every effort to communicate a potential online learning day as early as possible. More info: https://bit.ly/3oX1UCW
If schools are open, it is the responsibility of guardians to determine if conditions allow for their children to attend school.
Deciding to close school
There is no specific temperature that triggers a building closure. Weather forecasts, temperature, and wind chill are all reviewed.
The superintendent makes the final decision about whether to close school buildings, after consulting with district administrators and other local officials. The decision is based on the ability of 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 building is closed and no online learning is offered, 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 not to dismiss 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.