The decision to cancel school due to snow, ice, and cold weather conditions is taken seriously. Many of our students wait for buses or drive themselves. The district considers several factors before deciding to close school as we understand closing school has an impact on our students, our families, and our staff.
D155 administrators monitor warnings and watches from the National Weather Service; the timing of expected weather conditions; and the blowing and drifting, and/or rate of snowfall. On an extremely cold day, we evaluate actual air temperature, wind chill, and the timing and duration of the low temperatures. When the real air temperature drops below -15F and is accompanied by a significant wind chill, which is forecasted for an extended period of time, we will begin to examine closing school.
D155 administrators communicate directly with our feeder districts, our surrounding school districts, Nunda Township and Algonquin Township, and our director of transportation at TJA. D155’s grounds staff deploys at 2:00 a.m. to assess the roads. District 155 operations staff ensure the school parking lots and sidewalks are cleared and salted during and after each weather event. We also make sure heat systems are functioning properly at each school.
If school is closed, we try to make a decision by 5:00 a.m. The district will notify you by phone and email, using our mass notification system. Please make sure your contact information is accurate and updated in Skyward to ensure that you will receive a call and email. This Youtube video explains how to update your information in Skyward. School closing information will also be posted on the district and school websites, the district’s social media accounts, and broadcast via radio, and TV.
D155 builds five emergency days into the school calendar. Each day school is closed, one additional emergency day will be added at the end of the year.
As a parent or guardian, you ultimately make the decision to keep your child home during inclement weather. If you choose not to send your child to school, please call the attendance line to have your child’s absence recorded as excused.