D102 may need to Start Late, End Early or Close Schools as explained below.
How will you be notified?
District 102 uses an automated telephone system/email alert to advise families and employees of a school closing or late start. 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.
Why a Late Start option?
At the January 26 Board meeting, the Board of Education decided to add a late start option due to inclement weather, etc. By going with the late start option, students will not lose a full day of instruction and we avoid making up missed days at the end of the school year.
When will we use a Late Start?
A late start option would only be used if the weather conditions were expected to improve and/or clear up in the early morning, allowing students and staff to travel to school safely. If the weather forecast were more severe and not expected to improve during the early morning hours, then we would most likely close school for the entire day.
Will a Late Start be communicated differently?
No. Families and employees will be notified of a late start the same way they are notified of a school closing, that is through an automatic phone call and email notice. It will also be posted on our website. All of this will be done by 5:45 a.m. If you do not receive a phone call, email, or see emergency closing information listed on the website or in the media, then assume that school is in session.
What is an 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.
It is important to note that if District 102 closes school early for any reason, the Buffalo Grove Park District before and after school program remains open. However, as noted under Emergency Closing, if District 102 closes for an entire day due to weather or some other circumstance, the Buffalo Grove Park District before and after school program is cancelled.
What is an Emergency Closing?
When District 102 schools are closed, generally everything is cancelled including all extracurricular activities, community education activities including youth and adult classes, Early Childhood programs, all non-district events and all after school programs including the Buffalo Grove Park District before and after school program.
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. School may also be cancelled if a heavy snow falls, especially when it falls around arrival time. Elementary school students are expected to go outdoors for recess, unless the wind chill factor falls below –5°F.