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Winter Weather Guidelines

With the early arrival of winter weather, please be advised that District 67 follows a plan whenever there is consideration of a school or emergency closing, or holding a remote learning day due to inclement weather conditions.

How Closing Decisions are Made

District 67’s first priority is the safety of our students, staff, and parents. The decision to close our schools, or adjust our start or dismissal times for an emergency-related situation is a complicated one and based on a number of factors.

  • NOAA National Weather Service (NWA) updates and Wind Chill report.
  • Local weather forecast services.
  • Local law enforcement and city agencies.
  • Reports from our bus company.
  • Reports from our Buildings/Grounds staff.
  • Conversations with neighboring school district administrators.

Who Makes the Decision?

Although the District uses the sources listed above to guide the decision, the Superintendent and District Administrators will make the final call to close school.

When is the Decision Made?

We try to make this decision before 6:00 a.m. whenever possible. In the case of severe weather conditions, the decision could be made the evening before.

How Does the District Contact Parents?

Parents/guardians will be notified using the BrightArrow Notification System using the information provided during online registration, and through an emergency alert message posted on the District website and all school pages.

If you wish to check your notification setting in BrightArrow, please follow the BrightArrow Instructions and log onto the BrghtArrow Website.

If your contact information is NOT correct, please notify your school office immediately.

We will only make an announcement if schools will be closed. Announcements are not made that schools will be open.

Guidelines for Outdoor Recess

District 67 has a general guideline that students will go outside if the temperature is 15°F or higher. However, we also take other factors into account (wind chill, frostbite index, sunshine) in making the daily determination. If the sun is shining and the wind speed is low, we may send students out when the air temperature is slightly below 15°F. We also have the option of shortening the time students spend outside if needed.

During winter months, always have your children dressed for outdoor weather (coat, snow pants, gloves, hat, and boots).

For additional information, please visit the District website (School and Emergency Closings).