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 5:45 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, e mail, the Center Cass website – www.ccsd66.org, and our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/pages/Center-Cass-School-District-66/336134676431514.

Making the decision to cancel school can be very difficult. When dangerous weather is forcasted, we are in constant contact with District 99 and associated school districts. Additionally, DuPage County superintendents do confer with one another through a conference call (sometimes several calls depending on conditions) regarding the decision about whether or not to close school.

Conditions involving snow

In general, Center Cass will not close school on only a forecast of snow, but rather the inclement weather must be real and present. In cases where the area is hit hard by snow in the evening, such as happened on February 1, 2015, it might be possible to make a call in advance (usually in the evening of the day before). Most of the time however, the decision must be made early in the morning, based on conditions that have presented themselves overnight.

Conditions involving extremely cold temperatures

There are times when school may need to be closed due to dangerously cold temperatures. In these situations, temperature is only one factor. Wind chill is also taken into account, as well as the extent to which the temperatures are sustained throughout the school day or over a period of several days.

Additional safety measures for students: As of February, 2015 we have begun parking multiple school buses at Ide School during the day. 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