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Parent Message: Plan for Inclement Weather Season

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We appreciate your time and support as we prepare for our first parent-teacher conferences of the 2023-24 school year. It has been a busy and exciting first quarter getting our students acclimated to the schools and daily routines. They have been building important connections and laying the foundation for a continued year of growth ahead!

Plan for Inclement Weather

With potential inclement weather in the coming months, I wanted to detail our plan for snow days or emergency closures. District 27 has five full emergency days (or snow days) available for use. If an emergency day is used, that day will be made up at the end of the school year. We believe strongly in the value of in-person instruction and know that while a “snow day” results in a day being added to the school year, this in-person day later in the year will be most beneficial for our students. The District will consider remote instruction in outlying circumstances, such as a multi-day stretch of extreme weather. The Illinois State Board of Education requires that school districts hold a public hearing to renew their e-learning program every three years, should there ever be a prolonged or multi-day emergency. District 27 will hold its hearing at 6:30 p.m. on October 19 at Wood Oaks to keep its e-learning program verified with the state. 

During periods of inclement weather or emergencies, our first priority is the safety and welfare of our students and staff. At the same time, closing school buildings can be burdensome to families due to childcare and work schedules. We consider canceling school to be an exception, and we place a strong emphasis on keeping our schools open. 

Emergency Notification System

The District sends emergency notifications via email, phone calls, and SMS (text message). This includes inclement weather announcements. Please be sure that your contact information is up-to-date in the Parent Portal.

Thank you for your partnership.

Sincerely,

John Deiter, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools