We know that closing school is disruptive to the learning process and to families, and we take this step only when it becomes absolutely necessary in order to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, particularly those who walk or are bused.
District 113 takes numerous factors into consideration when making our determination as to whether to cancel school, follow a late start schedule or dismiss early due to inclement weather. We continually monitor the forecast from the National Weather service (NOAA), which includes predicted air temperature, wind chill, wind speed/gusts and chance of precipitation. We also take into consideration the timing of the inclement weather, whether or not the buildings are operational (heat, electricity, etc.) and accessible, and the condition of the roads; District staff and bus drivers travel the area and consult Lake County web-cams and video feeds. The Superintendent also consults with all operations department heads (transportation, buildings and grounds, maintenance, plant managers and food service), as well as building principals and sender district superintendents, to gain their insights prior to making the decision.
If school is canceled in District 113 or a late start schedule is to be followed, every effort will be made to notify parents/guardians as close to 5 a.m. as possible, and no later than 5:30 a.m., via an Infinite Campus emergency phone and e-mail message. School closing information, including class and bus schedules in the instance of a late start, will also be posted on the District 113, HPHS and DHS websites. Decisions regarding after-school and evening activities will be made and communicated by 1 p.m. on that particular day. District 113 also sends school closing information to the local media and to Emergencyclosings.com, which notifies all local television and radio stations.
In the event of an early dismissal, the decision will be made as soon as possible on the day affected, and every effort will be made to notify parents/guardians immediately via an Infinite Campus emergency phone and e-mail message. A decision regarding after-school activities will be made and communicated as early as possible. Information, including class and bus schedules, also will be posted on the District 113, HPHS and DHS websites.