Emergency Closing

Closing schools during inclement weather has a large effect on families. We understand that students are better served, both academically and socially, by being in school whenever possible. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority in making a decision to keep schools open or to close schools in bad weather.

We make the decision to close or delay opening schools in bad weather based on many factors. The Superintendent of Schools makes the final decision based on these factors:

  • information on road conditions
  • the ability to start and move buses
  • amount of snow and ice accumulated
  • whether snow/ice is continuing
  • building conditions and parking lot conditions
  • temperature and wind chill
  • weather predictions and what other Niles Township school districts are doing

The decision about opening schools is made by 6:00 a.m. Notification is posted on our website at and Emergency Closing website, The automated messaging service makes calls to notify families. Calls will be sent to the phone numbers you have provided the school; please ensure that you have updated your home and cell phone numbers on Infinite Campus. You may also tune into TV for school closings (CBS, NBC, ABC, WGN, Fox, CLTV) and local radio: WGN AM, WBBM AM, and The Zone (FM).

If the decision is to open schools, please keep in mind that, even if weather conditions worsen, we cannot reverse our decision in the morning without endangering students. Once we make the decision to open, many parents leave for work. If we then send students right back home, many will return to empty houses.

Although the District does its best to make the decision that is best for everyone, we know that often no perfect decision exists. If you do not feel it is safe for your child to attend school, we respect your right to keep your child at home.