Emergency Closings

Cierres de emergencia

It is sometimes necessary to close one, several, or all of the District 59 schools due to an emergency. Inclement weather is usually the major cause of school closings; however, other emergencies such as power failures, heating problems, or water problems could occur at any time necessitating the closing of one or more schools.

When a determination is made that a school or schools should be closed to protect the health and safety of students, the information will be sent to parents and staff via an automated phone notification system, as well as announced on district social media channels and to major radio and television stations. A recorded announcement will be made on the School District 59 voice message auto attendant (847-593-4300) and on the voice message system at each affected district school.

Schools will be closed if there is a forecasted sustained wind chill of -30 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, or when the actual air temperature is a sustained -15 degrees Fahrenheit or colder between the travel times of 5:30 am and 9:00 am and/or 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm. The District will use forecasts provided by the National Weather Service.

For snow, ice, or other weather-related closings, the District will monitor the current conditions, the forecasted conditions between the travel times listed above, the ability of our staff to plow parking lots and sidewalks, as well as the ability of local municipalities to plow and make streets passable. The District will also be in contact with its transportation carriers to assess their ability to safely run buses. In these situations, the District will speak with local and State officials and meteorologists in order to make the most appropriate decision with the facts known at that respective time.

If schools will be closed, the District will make every effort to send out the notification by 5:30 am the day of the closing knowing that you may need to arrange for childcare or other schedule changes. If the District is able to make the determination the night before to close school – meaning the forecast undoubtedly warrants closure – the District will attempt to notify you between 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm.

Typically, the District does not send out a telephone SchoolMessenger notice after 9:30 pm, as the system can sometimes take up to an hour or so to complete all calls. However, if the determination to close school occurs after 9:00 pm, we will update school and CCSD59 websites, social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter – @ccsd59), and the Emergency Closing Center Website (www.emergencyclosingcenter.com) as soon as a decision has been made. The SchoolMessenger notice will be also sent prior to 5:30 am the following morning.

In the event of severe weather, information regarding afternoon and evening co-curricular activities, athletics, and community education classes will be updated by 1:00 pm or whenever practicable on the District website at ccsd59.org.

School Code and District policy allow parents to call their student out, as excused, in the event that the district keeps schools open, but as a family, you have concerns about your child safely traveling to or from school.

As always, the safety and security of our students and staff remain a top priority of our District, as they are for you as well.


The following stations will carry emergency closing information:

Radio Stations AM

  • WGN 720
  • WBBM 780

Television

  • WBBM Channel 2
  • Fox Network (Cable 12)
  • Channel 32
  • WGN – Channel 9
  • NBC – Channel 5
  • ABC – Channel 7

 

A veces es necesario cerrar una, varias o todas las escuelas del Distrito 59 debido a una emergencia. El clima inclemente suele ser la principal causa del cierre de escuelas; Sin embargo, otras emergencias como fallas de energía, problemas de calentamiento o problemas de agua podrían ocurrir en cualquier momento que requieran el cierre de una o más escuelas.

Cuando se determina que una escuela o escuelas deben ser cerradas para proteger la salud y seguridad de los estudiantes, la información será enviada a los padres y al personal a través de un sistema automatizado de notificación telefónica, así como anunciado a las principales estaciones de radio y televisión. También se hará un anuncio grabado en el asistente automático de mensajes de voz del Distrito Escolar 59 (847-593-4300), en el sistema de mensajes de voz en cada escuela del distrito afectada y en el sitio web.

Un sitio de cierre de emergencia ha sido establecido, por Chicago Tribune, para actualizar el cierre de escuelas, retrasos y reprogramación. Vaya a www.emergencyclosings.com y haga clic en Status Search for closings por nombre de la instalación y la ciudad.


Las siguientes estaciones llevarán información de cierre de emergencia:

Estaciones de radio AM

  • WGN 720
  • WBBM 780

Televisión

  • WBBM Canal 2
  • Fox Network (Cable 12)
  • Canal 32
  • WGN – Canal 9
  • NBC – Canal 5
  • ABC – Canal 7

Por favor, discuta con su hijo/a las posibilidades que se podrían desarrollar y lo que se espera cuando el Distrito 59 anuncie el cierre de una escuela de emergencia. Le animamos a desarrollar un plan con su hijo si el anuncio de cierre de la escuela se hace después de que usted se haya ido al trabajo, o si no puede estar en casa cuando su hijo regrese a casa después de cerrar la escuela de emergencia.

El Distrito 59 hace todo lo posible para mantener abiertas todas las escuelas durante el año escolar. Durante las inclemencias del tiempo, cuando las escuelas están abiertas, un padre/tutor legal toma la decisión final en cuanto a la asistencia de su hijo a la escuela si las condiciones climáticas son demasiado severas para que un niño viaje a la escuela.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre este anuncio, comuníquese con el/la director(a) de la escuela de su hijo(a) o llame a la Oficina del Superintendente al 847-593-4404.


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Tabla de enfriamiento del viento del NWS