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What parents need to know about winter school closings and delays

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As winter approaches, Duneland School parents need to be aware of the procedures for school closings or delays which may be caused by inclement weather or other emergencies.

“The decision to close school or alter the school day is done with much deliberation and input from law enforcement agencies, the weather bureau, the highway department, and various key individuals located throughout our school district,” Duneland Schools said in a statement released this week. “Please understand that often the main roads and town roads have been cleared but many county roads are not passable.”

Things to know:

* When possible, decisions about school delays due to inclement weather will be made no later than 6 a.m.

* It is possible that a school cancellation may follow a two-hour delay.

* If there is a two-hour delay, any subsequent decision to cancel school will be made before 9 a.m.

* Parents will be notified about decisions to alter the school day or cancel school through the Skylert calling system. Please make sure your child’s school has an accurate telephone number so that you may receive these alert messages.

* The information will also be posted at

Other Sources

of Information

Information about delays or closures will be announced through the following media outlets:

* Radio: WAKE 1500 AM; Indiana 105.5 FM; WEFM 95.9 FM; WDSO 88.3 FM; WGN Radio 720; WBBM Newsradio 780.

* TV Channels: 2, 5, 7, 9, 32, and CLTV news.

* Websites: and

Information about makeup days will be printed in this newspaper.

Weather Emergency Options

The following options will be considered during weather emergencies:

* Option 1: All schools will be closed for the day.

* Option 2: The start of the school day for our district will be delayed for two (2) hours.

* Option 3: Schools will dismiss early.


On days when school is delayed, school lunches will follow the regular school menu, there will be no morning YCare available, and the following time schedule will also be in effect:

* High School--9:40 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

* Middle School--9:50 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.

* Intermediate--10:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.

* Elementary--10 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

“Although we will consult with neighboring school districts, our team will always base our decision to conduct school on the weather conditions affecting our school district,” the statement said. “This information is being provided so that you may arrange for childcare in advance of any school delay or closing. Changes in our normal routines are disruptive but the safety of our children and employees will remain our priority.”


Posted 10/19/2017




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