When the weather is bad, Glenbard District 87 follows a set of guidelines for deciding if school will be in session. The district must make one decision that is the best for all students. This decision may not fit with your individual circumstances; therefore, we encourage you to make the decision that is best for your teen.
The process for deciding when schools are open or closed due to bad weather:
Glenbard administrators review the weather conditions very early in the morning and determine if all buildings are accessible for students and the staff. We also consult with bus companies to see if buses will be able to travel safely to and from school. This is the primary factor in making our decision. The superintendent participates in an early morning conference call with all elementary feeder district superintendents and surrounding high school superintendents. We decide whether to close schools by 5:15 a.m. and then communicate this decision to all local news outlets.
How you can find out if schools are closed:
On days when the weather is bad, please check our website. If Glenbard schools are closed, you will see a notice in the newsfeed on our site. Also, we will post a notice at facebook.com/GlenbardDistrict87 and twitter.com/GlenbardDist87. Also, you may check the Emergency Closing Center at New Link or tune in to any local radio or television station for information about school closings.
When schools are closed for non-weather related reasons:
If you have a question about whether schools or a particular school will be closed for reasons other than severe weather, please visit our Web site or tune to local radio or television stations.
When schools are closed because of extreme cold
When the National Weather Service has a wind chill WARNING for DuPage County in effect for the time just before the school day begins, we will make a decision if our schools should close. It is likely we would make the closing decision on the morning of the day in question. If there were a wind chill ADVISORY (not a WARNING), schools likely would be open. Link to National Weather Service: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crh/
When schools are closed, are after-school activities canceled?
When schools are closed due to inclement weather we will assess the situation at mid-day and make a determination regarding after-school activities. Please visit www.glenbard87.org after 1 p.m. on the day of a weather-related school closing.
Why schools are not dismissed early on days when the weather is bad
In many of our families, adults work outside the home and they have no child care arrangements for younger children available before the end of the school day. However, if your schedule allows and if you feel your student(s) would be safer at home, you may pick up your student(s) before the end of the school day. If you do, go to the school office and request that your student(s) be dismissed to you.
We try to keep schools open
When schools close, many families have issues with child care. As a result, we try to keep schools open if it is safe to do so. However, parents can always make the decision to keep their student(s) at home in bad weather.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation
For every family that is happy that school is in session on days when the weather is bad, there is another family that feels schools should be closed. Be assured that we use safety considerations in making all of our weather decisions. We appreciate your understanding of the difficulties in making this decision and your support in helping your student get to school safely on days with inclement weather.