Weather Emergency Closing Policy
The process to determine whether or not our schools will close down due to severe weather is as follows:
The superintendents of the six school districts in Northfield Township work together to make a joint decision. These districts include 27, 28, 30, 31, 34 and 225. We begin monitoring the weather the evening before the day in question. If a decision is not made that evening, we resume monitoring the weather at 3:00 AM. Bottom line, we ask ourselves if any children, parents or staff members are being put in danger by keeping the schools open.
Specific information gathered to make the final decision includes, but may not be limited to the following:
- Is the bus company able to run all of the regularly scheduled routes without significant delays?
- Are driving conditions safe for buses and automobiles (streets cleared, good visibility, etc.)?
- Are the buildings heated with no anticipated furnace malfunctions?
- Is the temperature, including the wind chill, safe for people to be outside for short periods of time as they are going/from school? (according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service)
Please be assured that if the schools remain open and you decide that it is not in your child's best interest to leave your home due to weather conditions, you can call the school to inform us that he/she will be absent. Our teachers will work with your child to make up the work missed.
Five emergency days are built into the school calendar to account for any days the schools need to be closed. We will keep you apprized if that date changes.
Thank you for your cooperation and support during the cold winter months. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school principals or superintendent.
Closing Notification Information
District 31’s policy is to cancel classes only in the event of extreme weather conditions. Any cancellation decision would generally be made in partnership with other local township school superintendents. In the event of an extreme weather emergency, District 31 families will be notified of school closings in the following ways:
Phone Message: An automated phone message with school closing notification will be sent to the home numbers of all students.On extreme weather days, please keep your phone line open so that a phone message will be able to get through to your number. Calls will be made within a reasonable amount of time prior to the beginning of the school day.
District Website: If schools are closed, a message will be posted on our website's homepage.
Emergency Closing Center information:
You can check this website directly, click here.
Radio/Television Announcements: The District notifies the local media including WBBM, WGN, WIND, WMAQ and WLS radio stations, as well as local TV-news stations, in the event of a school closing.