At the first sign of flurries, minds quickly shift to the thought of a possible snow day. We understand that the decision to close schools during inclement weather impacts your family. Our top priority is the safety of our students and staff. Ultimately, the decision to send your child to school on days with threatening weather is up to you. If you choose to keep your child at home please contact the school office to report your child’s absence. It will be counted as an excused absence. Also, please discourage teenagers from driving in poor weather conditions and offer them alternatives as weather conditions worsen.
How is the decision made to cancel school?
There are a variety of factors that can in isolation or in a combination cause the need to close school. These factors include the following:
Information on road conditions from village and township road departments, local law enforcement and our transportation department. Please note that we must consider the entire school district which is made up of six different villages and townships.
Amount of snow and ice accumulated
Whether or not the precipitation will continue throughout the day
Temperature and wind chill
Weather predictions (including those from the weather alert service)
Building conditions (electricity, heat or water)
Parking lot conditions
When is the decision made?
The decision to close will generally be made by prior to 6:00 A.M. or earlier. Notifications will be delivered via our automated calling system, local TV stations, district and school home pages of the website, and Twitter @Hunt_EdLeader.
How can you be sure to get the calamity day calls?
School Messenger, the district's all call system, pulls the household phone numbers from Infinite Campus when making a general announcement or non-emergency notifications. In an emergency situation, all numbers present in Infinite Campus will be contacted. We are asking that parents log in to Infinite Campus and verify all phone numbers. Please remember the number entered in the "Primary Household" field will receive the majority of notifications.
How many days or hours can we miss?
State law now allows schools to change to an hour-based schedule eliminating the need for calamity days. At this time, we do not anticipate the need to make-up days due to inclement weather or calamity days. If this did occur, we would communicate with parents.
What about bus service for non-public schools?
If school is cancelled for the day, non-public bus service will not be provided.
If school is cancelled for the day, will after-school activities be held?
School activities such as student performances, parent or committee meetings, parent/teacher conferences and all middle school and freshman athletic events and practices will be cancelled. However, varsity and junior varsity level athletic activities may still take place later if conditions improve. The decision to cancel extracurricular will be made later in the day on the day of the school closing. Notification of any such closings will be available on the district’s and high school’s home page.
Are District Offices open when school is cancelled?
Generally, the Board Education office will be open. School buildings will be closed.