School Closings & Emergency Alerts

The decision not to open Lake Bluff Elementary School District 65 schools because of inclement weather is a difficult one to make because of the many variables that exist at the time the decision is required.  The district operates on the premise that schools are to remain open unless very adverse conditions exist.  A fact that must be accepted is that inclement weather is indigenous to this area.  Nothing is less predictable from hour-to-hour than the weather in the greater metropolitan Chicago area.  A critical inclement weather condition at 10 p.m. may result in a mild winter breeze at 6 a.m., and the reverse can also be true. Therefore, the decision to close schools cannot always be made in advance of the actual inclement weather. The factors and timetable for making the decision are shown below:

1.  Review local and regional weather reports – 8:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
2.  Report on the condition of roads and school buildings and grounds – 5:00 a.m.
3.  Report on the Transportation Department regarding condition of buses, and availability of bus drivers – 5:00 a.m.
4.  Superintendent contacts local school superintendents – 5:10 a.m. and beforehand
5.  Superintendent Decision – 5:15-5:30 a.m.

In the event of school closings or cancelations due to severe weather, power outages or other emergencies, information will be conveyed to parents as early as possible using the following methods:

School Messenger System, an automated text, phone and/or email message system that allows the District to quickly and efficiently communicate with parents and families about emergencies and weather related school issues

Announcements on the District, LBES and LBMS web sites

Announcements on major TV and radio school closings reports

Listing on the Emergency School Closing site at http://www.emergencyclosingcenter.com

Facebook and Twitter

Depending on these methods rather than encouraging parents to call the school offices for information is intended to allow staff members to keep phone lines open for emergencies and to focus on student safety.