School Closing Information

Center Cass School District #66 Emergency School Closing Guidelines

In the case of inclement weather, Center Cass will only contact parents and staff when schools are closed. If there is no announcement by 6:00 a.m., then schools should be considered to be open. In the event school needs to be closed, parents and staff will be notified via phone, email, text, the District 66 website, and our Facebook page.  

Making the decision to cancel school is difficult and involves many factors.   The safety of our students and staff is always the primary driver of such decisions.  Additional factors include:

   Building conditions: Do the schools have power, light, and heat?
   Site conditions: Are the parking lots plowed? Can buses get in and turn around? Can 
  parents drop off students? Are the exit doors free of snow?
   Bus operations: Can the bus drivers get to the district? Do the buses start? Do
  the drivers feel comfortable driving?
   Road conditions: Are the roads continually plowed and is traffic moving? Can staff travel to
  school safely?
   Air temperature: How cold is it? What is the wind chill? Can children safely wait at the
  bus stop or walk to school?

When severe weather is forecasted, we are in constant contact with District 99 and the associated school districts. Additionally, the DuPage County ROE provides superintendents with direct communication from the National Weather Service.

In general, Center Cass will not close school based solely on a forecast of snow, but rather the hazardous weather must be real and present. In some cases it might be prudent to make a decision in advance, however, most of the time the decision will be made early in the morning, based on conditions that have presented themselves overnight.  

Extremely cold temperatures
There are times when schools may need to be closed due to dangerously cold temperatures. In these situations, wind chill is also taken into account, as well as the extent to which the temperatures are sustained throughout the school day.  District 66 will most likely close school based on conditions where frostbite may occur after approximately 20 minutes of exposure.  Please refer to the District 66 Wind Chill Chart and the NOAA Wind Chill Chart for additional details.

Additional safety measures for students
As of February 2015 we have implemented a process of parking multiple school buses at Ide School during the day when severe temperatures exist. This procedure will provide a safe, temporary location for our K-2 students in the event that the building must be evacuated. We plan to do this on all school days when the temperatures are below zero.  

Please know that we take the decision about whether or not to close school based on weather events very seriously. We understand that any change to our normal routine may cause a problem for some families, so we make decisions on what we believe to be best for our students.

Tim Arnold
Superintendent of Schools