FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2015
With predicted low temperatures over the next 24 - 48 hours, the safety of our students is of utmost concern. The decision to have school will always be made when all information can be gathered concerning winter conditions. In the case of frigid temperatures and wind chills, making the decision as close to the time of closing generally allows for a sound decision. We have been monitoring the situation all day, and we will make the decision by 5:30 a.m. on January 7, 2015. If there is a cancellation we will follow our process of notifying parents via automated phone calls, text messages, Facebook, Twitter, and on our main website at www.sps186.org. Weather tip sheets are also located on this website.
We are releasing this reminder today so that families can make contingency plans for students if we do need to call off school at this early hour. We recognize the hardship that school cancellations can create for parents and families. We will make every effort to conduct school whenever we can safely get our students to and from school.
District 186 would also like to remind parents that it is important to have a family safety plan in place. Please dress warmly for the frigid air and snow, but do not wait outside in extreme weather conditions for an undue amount of time — never longer than 20 minutes. We appreciate your support by reminding your children to dress appropriately for the conditions. This includes long pants, winter coats, hats and gloves, and warm shoes all of which should cover the skin.
1. Each family should have a plan covering what to do if your child’s school bus does not arrive due to a weather-related situation.
2. Develop the plan and practice it with your child. If you will not be home, instruct your child as to where he or she should go in the event the bus does not come.
3. Consider these questions: Where could your child go if he or she needed help? Who would care for him or her until you arrive? Is there someone your child could call to calm any concerns he or she might have?
4. If the bus does not arrive within a reasonable time (more than 15 - 20 minutes) of its scheduled pickup and you have not received a phone or text notification, please instruct your child to follow your plan and have an adult contact the District’s bus provider, First Student, to find out when the bus should be arriving.
Regular education routes: 544-7603
Special education & Early Start routes: 522-1312