We want to share some important reminders about how we work to keep your children safe during inclement weather conditions.
WHEN DO CHILDREN GO OUTSIDE FOR RECESS?
Children do not go out for recess if the real feel temperature (combination of temperature and wind chill) is 10 degrees Fahrenheit or below. School administrators continuously monitor not only the real feel temperature, but also how the weather may be affecting the safety of play areas around our schools.
HOW SHOULD MY CHILD DRESS FOR SCHOOL ON THESE COLD DAYS?
Recommended is a hat, a scarf, mittens, water resistant coat and boots, and layers of loose-fitting clothing.
WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE TO CLOSE SCHOOL?
Usually, the decision to close school is made before 5:30 a.m. or earlier. Whenever a large weather event has been predicted, we encourage parents to have contingency plans in place to accommodate your child or children in the event school is cancelled.
IS WIND CHILL A DECIDING FACTOR IN CLOSING SCHOOL?
A key factor in determining if your child can safely be transported to and from school during winter is temperature. Closing schools due to extremely cold temperatures involves looking at the wind chill factor (combination of temperature and wind). The District uses the Wind Chill Chart from the National Weather Service as a tool in determining when conditions might be too dangerous for students and staff to arrive at school safely.
HOW ARE PARENTS NOTIFIED?
There are several ways to find out if school is closed on what seems like a bad weather day.
- Automated email and/or phone call
- WoodlandCCSD50 - Our free mobile application (Just upload WoodlandCCSD50 through the Apple App Store for Apple devices, or use Google Play for Google smart phones and tablets)
- Visit our website: https://www.dist50.net
- Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Woodland50News
- Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WoodlandDistrict50
- Tune in to local a television station
- Tune in to local radio: WGN (720-AM) and WBBM (780-AM)
WHAT FACTORS GO INTO THE DECISION?
The State of Illinois builds five emergency days into the annual calendar. The decision to close school is based on various factors. School officials remain in close contact with the Woodland Directors of Transportation and Operations and Facilities as well as area villages and Lake County in order to monitor road and traffic conditions. In addition, we closely monitor current and future weather predictions, including temperature, snow and ice accumulations. School building conditions, such as if we have electricity and heat are also a factor as well as parking lot conditions. Temperature and wind chill also play a role for those students waiting at bus stops. There is no specific formula for making this decision, but these are examples of what we monitor when we make a decision.
We prefer not making our decision based on weather predictions, but sometimes this is unavoidable. We also make our decision in cooperation with other area elementary districts and with Warren Township High School and Grayslake Community High Schools.
It is a personal family decision if you decide to keep your child home. If a child is kept home, it is an excused absence.
HOW DO I UPDATE MY CONTACT INFORMATION?
Please know the district uses its automated phone calling system and sends an electronic message to all parent e-mail addresses on file to inform parents if school is closed. If your contact information has changed, please contact the Registration Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 596-5682.