District 102 uses an automated telephone system/email alert to advise families and employees of a school closing. In the event of severe weather or some unforeseen emergency, district administrators will send out an automated phone message to all families and employees informing them of the situation. This phone call may also be followed by an emergency email alert. In order to receive these alerts, your phone numbers and email addresses must be up to date.
District 102 subscribes to the Emergency Closing Center (ECC.) This system allows schools, organizations, and businesses to reach all major news outlets quickly and efficiently. The Emergency Closing Center is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Per the Emergency Closing Center, parents, students, and employees can check the status of a facility (school) the following ways:
1) Go to the ECC public website at www.emergencyclosingcenter.com and search for the facility by typing the name and city or by the main phone number of the facility. (PES 847-353-5700; TES 847-955-3600; MMS 847-955-3500; AJHS 847-353-5500.)
2) Receive an email notification of a change made to a facility by signing up on the ECC website at www.emergencyclosings.com
3) Listen to WGN Radio 720 AM, WBBM Radio 780 AM or watch CBS Channel 2, NBC Channel 5, ABC Channel 7, WGN Morning News, Fox 32, WGN-TV Ch. 9, or CLTV cable for closing information.
Emergency Early Dismissal – If for some reason school must be dismissed earlier than normal, every attempt will be made to contact parents. No child will be sent home unless such contact has been made and a safe place for the child to go to identified. Without such contact and assurance, children will be kept at their home school or at another district school until normal dismissal time.
If possible, the decision to close or delay the start of school will be made by 5:30 a.m.
When District 102 schools close, generally everything closes including all extracurricular activities, after school programs, community education activities including youth and adult classes, Early Childhood programs, and all non-district events. However, the Buffalo Grove Park District before and after school program does not close.
If you disagree with a decision to hold school on a day when you believe the weather is hazardous, you are encouraged to keep your child home. Please contact your child’s school’s absence line to report the absence as an excused absence.
If the wind chill, according to the National Weather Service, is 35 degrees below zero or colder at 5:30 a.m. and predicted to remain that low or become worse, school may be cancelled. Elementary school students are expected to go outdoors for recess, unless the wind chill factor falls below –5°F.