Winter Weather Updates
During the winter months, District 300 may close schools, implement a late start, or call an early release due to heavy snowfall, dangerously low temperatures, or hazardous road conditions. While each situation is dealt with on a case-by-case basis, the general guidelines District 300 follows is below:
School Closure: Weather related events may necessitate the closure of schools. This is done to protect all of our stakeholders. The decision to close is based upon the following factors:
- Hazardous Road Conditions – Our District is large in geographic size and is composed of both suburban and rural/agricultural areas. While one part of the District seems to have clear roads, another can still have impassable roads. The open terrain and lack of snowdrift fencing often creates significant drift and icing hazards that may cause D300 to close schools.
- Extremely Low/Hazardous Temperatures: D300 has almost 80% of its students utilizing the bus transportation service. As such, we must recognize the potential hazards of exposing students to hazardous conditions. Forecast temperatures between -20 and -30 degrees create significant risks including hypothermia, frostbite, and even asthma. The District may close schools if the projected temperatures are forecasted to remain at these low levels.
Delayed Start: Late night or early morning storms may prevent us from being able to open schools immediately. The District stays in contact with village managers and staff to stay abreast of problem areas and timelines for roads, lots and sidewalks to be cleared. If the District feels that roads can be safely cleared, then we may implement a Delayed Start. In these instances, the District will push back the start time for each school by two hours. The use of a Delayed Start will also be considered when Low/Hazardous temperatures are affecting our area.
Early Dismissal: (Used on very rare occasions as the District would likely close schools if there were a severe weather event projected for mid-day or early afternoon). The District makes every effort to track and monitor storms or impending weather. However, forecasts can be wrong and storms can increase in speed, intensity, and duration. In these instances, the District may utilize an “Early Dismissal” when incoming weather is expected to create hazardous conditions for students, staff, and parents during regular dismissal times. The decision to implement an Early Dismissal would follow communication to each student’s parent/guardian via RCS [phone message, email, and text messaging. The District would also work in collaboration with local media agencies and social media to support a timely communication process. Please note: Staff will remain on site until such time as all students have been safely reunited with their family members.
Parents and students can monitor the latest weather related closure information on the District 300 website and social media accounts.