Inclement Weather

Picture of a a car driving on a snow covered road.

In the event of severe weather, the Superintendent may choose to close the District. When there is an indication of possible inclement weather, the Superintendent monitors the forecasts and consults with:

  • The District’s Office of Transportation
  • The Sycamore Police Department and Township Road Commissioners
  • Superintendents of other area school districts

The Superintendent determines whether students can safely be transported to and from school and if staff can arrive at school safely. The Superintendent tries to make the decision to open on time or close schools by 6:00 AM. However, there may be times when the decision must be made later.

When the District remains open during inclement weather and families have a concern, it is their right to keep their student home. If families choose to keep their student home, please use the school attendance line to notify school personnel.

Remote Learning Days

As a result of our previous experience with remote learning and to provide continuity of education during COVID-19, we will prioritize Remote Learning Days over Emergency Days. During a Remote Learning Day, students and staff will learn and teach remotely rather than miss a day of school.

Communication

In the event of a weather-related or emergency closing or transition to remote learning, the District will use the following communication methods:

The District’s mass notification system, syncs with our student information system nightly. It is important for families to ensure contact information is up to date. To review or updated your contact information, please log into your Campus Parent Portal account

Severe Cold Response Plans

Wind Chill Warning

Wind Chills
-30°F or less
AND
Wind Speeds
10 mph or greater
OR
Actual Temperature
-15°F of less

A wind chill warning indicates that life-threatening conditions and risk of safety exists. Measures should be taken to safeguard life and property immediately. A wind chill warning is typically issued when the wind chill will be -30°F or colder and the winds are greater than or equal to 10 mph OR the actual temperature is -15°F.

In the event of a Wind Chill Warning, a Severe Cold School Closure Day will be implemented. Classes will be canceled and school closure protocols will be instituted. All notification systems will be leveraged to send school cancellation communications to families.

Wind Chill Advisory

Wind Chills

-20°F to -29°F
AND
Wind Speeds
10 mph or greater
OR
Actual Temperature
-5°F to -14°F

A wind chill advisory is issued when conditions do not meet the wind chill warning criteria but still cause significant inconvenience. The weather during a wind chill advisory is not life-threatening but presents conditions that may result in inconveniences or poses a moderate risk to safety. A wind chill advisory is typically issued when the wind chill is -20°F or colder AND the winds are greater or equal to 10 mph.

In the event a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect, the District may remain open and student attendance is expected.

During School

  • All off-campus activities will be suspended (this includes, but is not limited to, all off-site daytime programs, field trips, and work programs).
  • Scheduled student transports between buildings will be assessed.
  • All outside student activities will be suspended.
  • Students will be allowed to keep outerwear with them while in the building.
  • All lab-based activities that have the potential to cause fire or smoke alarm activation will be reevaluated or rescheduled. Communication and coordination with the impacted departments will be conducted by building administration.
  • In the event of an emergency where evacuation of a building is necessary, District administration will work with local emergency personnel to get students out of the elements as quickly as possible. In most cases, the District would transport students to one of two reunification sites. To learn more about this process, please visit our Student/Parent Reunification Process webpage.

After School

  • Extracurricular activities will be evaluated and may be suspended if conditions persist.

The District uses the National Weather Service (NWS) as its primary meteorological source to determine and declare a wind chill warning or wind chill advisory.