Every effort will be made to keep the schools open. However, in cases of extreme emergency, such as severe weather conditions or mechanical failure in the school plant, the superintendent will take the action necessary to protect the health and safety of all personnel.
In the event it is necessary to close the schools, the superintendent will notify the following of the closing:
Emergency Closing Center Hotline (Nominal Charge per Call)
Begin by dialing: 847-238-1234
Enter the District's main phone number: 708-450-2700
Information can also be accessed by visiting the Emergency Closing Center Hotline site. By entering "Dist #91 1/2 (Westchester Public Schools)" or 708-450-2700, parents can find out if District 92½ is closed due to snow and/or extreme cold.
Additionally, each building principal will implement a plan of action utilizing room mothers to contact each parent through a telephone tree.
Each principal has a basic plan for the protection and overall security of the students and faculty during a tornado warning or watch. Students are instructed in tornado drills, as well as fire drills, in the event it becomes necessary to evacuate a building.
In addition, each school has a weather alert receiver to inform the administration of severe weather conditions in the immediate vicinity. If a tornado or a severe storm is in progress just prior to, or at dismissal time, children will be kept in school until the building principal or superintendent has determined that it is safe for them to leave.