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Emergency Weather Closing

It is sometimes necessary to close one, several, or all of the District schools due to an emergency. Inclement weather is usually the major cause of school closings; however, other emergencies such as power failures, heating problems, or water problems could occur at any time necessitating the closing of one or more schools.

When a determination is made that a school or schools should be closed to protect the health and safety of students, the information will be announced by Blackboard Connect5, the District’s automated parent notification system, and major radio and television stations. Announcements will also be displayed on the District’s website.

Connect5 allows the district to send important information quickly via phone, email, and text messaging about emergency situations, school delays or cancellations due to inclement weather. Connect5 also allows each school to contact parents about important school information and events, testing schedules, report card distribution, open houses, delayed buses, field trips, and more. Parents are not required to register for the Connect5 parent notification system. ALL parents and guardians of students enrolled in the school are automatically enrolled in this communication system. Parents must update changes in their mailing address, phone numbers or email by contacting their school secretary. Questions, comments, and concerns may also be directed to

Announcements will be displayed on the District’s website, Facebook, Twitter, and on the following sources:

  • District 62 –
  • The Chicago Tribune –
  • Radio: WGN – AM 720 WBBM – AM 780 WLS – AM 890
  • Television: WBBM CBS – Channel 2 WMAQ NBC – Channel 5 WLS ABC – Channel 7 WGN – Channel 9 WFLD Fox – Channel 32

The Emergency Closing Center, the organization that runs the website, offers an email alert service. District 62 families can receive email notifications via email of district closings the moment they are reported. These email notifications are especially useful when the emergencyclosings. com website is experiencing heavy website traffic. To sign up for this service, please visit, click the E-mail Notification tab, and fill in the requested information. District 62’s Facility Name is DIST #62 and the city is DES PLAINES. The decision to close school is made one day at a time. Check daily to find out if your child’s school will be open.

Please discuss with your child the possibilities that might occur and what is expected when District 62 announces an emergency school closing. You are encouraged to develop a plan with your child should a school closing announcement be made after you have left for work, or if you are unable to be home when your child returns home following an emergency school closing. School District 62 makes every effort to keep all schools open throughout the school year. During inclement weather, when schools are open, a parent/guardian makes the final decision whether their child will attend school should weather conditions be considered too severe for a child to travel to and from school.

Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal or call the Superintendent’s Office at 847-824-1170.

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777 East Algonquin Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016-6281