Emergency School Closing Information

    The North Chicago Community Unit School District No. 187 puts student safety first when determining whether to close schools due to extreme weather conditions.  If school is closed, all after school activities in the district, including sports and evening events will also be cancelled.  Buildings will also be closed for community events scheduled for that day.  The North Chicago Community Unit School District No. 187 will follow one of three procedures for emergency school closing (unless notified otherwise, Procedure 1 is in effect):

    Procedure 1 – All North Chicago Community Unit School District No. 187 schools will be open today.  Students and personnel are expected to attend.

    Procedure 2 – All North Chicago Community Unit School District No. 187 schools will be open today.  All after school activities have been cancelled.

    Procedure 3 – All North Chicago Community Unit School District No. 187 schools will be closed today.  All students and are not expected to report to school.  All District staff is not expected to report to work.    All after school activities have been cancelled.

    School closing announcements will be made in the following way:

    1. North Chicago Community Unit School District No. 187’s automated telephone system will send out a pre-recorded message from an administrator informing them of school closings and other emergencies.
    2. School Closings are announced and updated on the District’s website:  www.d187.org
    3. Another resource parents can use is www.emergencyclosings.com.  Please note that the emergency closings website is run by WGN Radio for the entire Chicagoland region and can be very slow during weather conditions that result in a large number of school closings throughout Chicagoland.

    The North Chicago Community Unit School District No. 187 Chief Education Officer takes many factors into consideration before deciding to close schools or release students early.  North Chicago Community Unit School District No. 187 Chief Education Officer consults with neighboring superintendents, discusses the matter with the transportation company and may even talk to local communities about the roads and traffic patterns before coming to a decision.  As a rule, North Chicago Community Unit School District No. 187 will make every attempt to avoid early dismissal of students due to the age of our students and the difficulty in ensuring that a parent or care giver will be home if school is dismissed earlier than usual.

    Even if the schools are open, the final decision about a child’s attendance remains with the parent. A decision to close or open school cannot take into account every circumstance.  We can best protect the safety and welfare of students if parents take an active role in deciding what is best for their student with regard to attendance. Please instruct your child in what to do, who to contact, and where to go if after school activities are cancelled.  School personnel will not leave buildings until all students are transported home and walkers are dismissed.

    Please keep in mind that any amount of snow or rain causes slower traffic.  So even if the snowfall isn’t enough to cancel school, bus routes and traffic in general tend to take longer than usual.