Severe Weather Conditions
Each principal has a basic plan for the protection and overall security of the students and faculty during a tornado or watch. Students are instructed in safety 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.
Inclement Weather and Late Starts
Westchester Public Schools will close or implement a late-start schedule delaying the start of school by two hours depending on temperature forecasts if wind chills would have students outside beyond the recommended times as prescribed by the National Weather Service. Click here
to view the Windchill Table that will be followed.
Late Start Schedules
Westchester Middle School - 10:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Westchester Primary/Intermediate Schools - 10:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Emergency Closing Information
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 district will post an emergency closing message on the District website (sd925.org) and utilize the District's phone and email emergency system so that all district family homes should receive a phone call and/or email. It is imperative that you keep the school offices informed of all phone and email contact changes. The Superintendent will then notify the following of the closing:
- CBS - Channel 2
- NBC - Channel 5
- ABC - Channel 7
- WGN - Channel 9
- Fox - Channel 32
- CLTV News
Emergency Closing Center
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