School Closing Information
In instances of weather-related or other emergencies, you will receive an automated phone call from District 205. Email and text notifications will also be sent to those signed up for those notification services.
One of the following emergency options will be implemented:
1. School will be closed for the day
2. School start times will use the Emergency Late Start schedule.
If you do not receive a phone message, email or text or find emergency closing information listed on the website, posted to the District's social media pages or in the media, then assume that school is in session.
In addition to the direct phone message, text and email, the District posts emergency closing information in the following ways:
#1 Visit the District website
Closings will be posted on the home page.
#3 Visit the WGN Emergency Closing Center Web Site
#4 Call the WGN Emergency Closing Hotline
Enter your school's main phone number
#5 Radio or TV
Tune into the following radio or TV stations:
TV: ABC 7, NBC 5, CBS, WLS, WGN, FOX, CLTV
AM Radio: WGN 720, WBBM News 780
FM Radio: WBBM-105.9
When Elmhurst CUSD 205 determines that weather conditions or an emergency situation warrant the Emergency Late Start Schedule, families will be notified in the same manner they would be notified in the event of a school closing. Each family will receive a phone, email or text notice (if you've opted in) from our rapid notification system, School Messenger.
The Emergency Late Start plan may be used as an alternative to cancelling school for an entire day, due to a weather or other unforeseen emergency (such as a power outage). This Late Start schedule will be used if weather conditions are expected to improve and/or clear up by later in the morning, allowing students and staff extra time to travel to school safely, or if the extra time provides the ability for an emergency situation to be addressed. This allows the District to avoid losing a full day of instruction, maintain the school calendar, meet the state requirements for number of school days, and to capture a significant portion of instructional time. In the event that a late start day is implemented, there would not be a need to use an end-of-the year emergency day, therefore not extending the school year to make up for emergency closing days.
In addition, weather closings and Emergency Late Start information will also be available on www.emergencyclosingcenter.com, the District/school websites (www.elmhurst205.org), and on the Emergency Closing Center hotline at 847-238-1234.
Please note the important distinction in the two emergency options. If there will be a delay to the school day, the notice will read “Emergency Late Start ” and if there is a school cancellation, the notice will state “School is Cancelled or Closed.”
On Emergency Late Start days, parents and staff are encouraged to monitor the District’s website for updates on the status of after-school activities. Information about York athletics would be posted on the York School webpage in the afternoon.
If an Emergency Late Start schedule is activated:
- Classes will begin using the standard Student Late Arrival schedule
- Buses will operate using the standard Student Late Arrival pick-up and drop-off times.
- Parent should use the standard Student Late Arrival schedule for drop-off - 20 minutes prior to the start times below.
Emergency Late Start schedules are as follows (same as standard Student Late Arrival schedule):
Kindergarten and Early Childhood
AM Kindergarten and AM Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten and PM Early Childhood Classes - 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
All Day Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1 to 5 - 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Grades 6 to 8 - 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM
Grades 9 to 12 - 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM After school activities and athletics could remain as scheduled, weather permitting.
If out-of-district programs are in session, transportation will proceed as normal.
Before/After School RecStation
The AM RecStation program will not be offered on late start days. The PM (after-school) RecStation hours will remain as scheduled on late start days.
Before School Programs
All before-school programs, including but not limited to, orchestra, band, choir, clubs, athletic practices or student activities will be cancelled on late start days.
Any field trip scheduled on the day of a late start will be cancelled as would be the procedure on days when school is cancelled for emergency reasons.
Technology Center of DuPage (TCD)
Due to the modified schedule, only PM TCD students will attend TCD.
Because inclement weather in the early morning can sometimes lead to a decision to close the schools for an entire day, District 205’s Emergency Late Start schedule provides the flexibility to begin the school day later than normal, to allow time for roads to be cleared and the temperature to rise. This schedule will also be used in emergency situations that warrant a Late Start (such as a broken pipe or police activity near a school).
Should the Emergency Late Start schedule be implemented, Special Education Programs will operate as follows:
- Private Day (Outplacement): Transportation will proceed as normal, unless otherwise notified. Private Day schools will not penalize students for being late under these conditions. If your specific Private Day facility is closed, those students will not have school.
- Madison Preschool:
- AM Session begins at 9:45 AM and ends at 11:55 AM.
- PM Session begins at 12:55 PM and ends at 3:00 PM.
- Students who have full day preschool programming, per their IEP, will start at 9:45 AM and end at 3:00 PM.
Special Education Staffings and all support services (speech, OT/PT, Groups) scheduled prior to 9:45 AM on that day will be rescheduled.
If you have questions regarding these procedures, please contact the Office of Student Services at 630-617-8327.