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Winter Closings

Several important factors are taken into consideration when the cancellation of school (or delaying the start of a school day) is in question. The first of these factors is, of course, travel safety due to ice and snow. The factors we look at with regards to ice/snow are:
  • * the safety of students who require bus or automobile transportation to/from school
  • * the safety of students whose primary transportation mode is to walk to school
  • * the ability of teachers and staff who commute via automobile to do so in a safe manner, and
  • * the ability of our maintenance/custodial staffs to sufficiently clear sidewalks and parking lots
The second major issue of consideration during inclement weather is wind chill. Whether waiting for a school bus or walking to/from school, wind chill is always a major factor in the closing/delay of school. District 101 has made it a practice to give strong consideration for closing school when wind chill temperatures approach 20 degrees below zero. We will continue this practice again this school year.

During mornings of snow, ice or extreme cold, the Lyons Township superintendents are in touch with each other and our bus companies to determine whether or not Township schools should be closed. It is usually a decision that is made jointly among the superintendents, and these messages are communicated to the public, generally before 6:45 am. Announcements of closings/delays are made to local television and radio stations via our participation in the Emergency Closing Center. Information is forwarded to all local television stations and many local radio stations, including WBBM AM 780 and WGN AM 720. Please remember to look for Cook County District 101 (not Batavia District 101 in Kane County) when using these media sources. Also, you can access the information we submit to the Emergency Closing Center on-line at:
www.emergencyclosings.com, or via our District website at www.d101.org (Winter Weather Notices will appear on the front page of our website in bold red print). Finally, each school’s PTO/PTA will initiate a calling tree where parents notify one another - likely between the hours of 7:00-7:45 am.

Please know that whether or not school is open, you as a parent are the one who will finally decide whether or not your child should go to school. If you feel that your child’s journey to school is not safe, please feel comfortable in exercising your prerogative to allow your child to stay home. Absences attributed to inclement weather will be viewed as excused absences.

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