District 36 Emergency Closing & eLearning Procedures

  • Deciding when to close school

    The District considers many factors when considering whether to close school due to weather conditions such as heavy snow or extreme cold. The safety of our students and staff is our utmost priority. Travel conditions on area roads as well as weather forecasts for conditions that may develop during school hours are considered. In cases of extreme cold, we also monitor weather reports for safety and consult with our transportation providers about whether they will be able to run bus routes to school. Finally, we consult with New Trier Township superintendents and strive to make a collaborative decision on closures when possible.

    Communicating with families

    We communicate closure information via Blackboard. This involves a phone call, email, and text (for those who have opted in) and on our website. If schools must be closed, every effort will be made to finalize the decision by 6 a.m. You can also access this website: https://www.emergencyclosingcenter.com/ to review school closures for the entire region. 

    Making up school closure days

    On our annual school calendars, we indicate June dates intended to make up for Emergency School Closure days. We ask families to remember these dates when planning summer travel.

    eLearning Day Statement

    Winnetka District 36 held a public hearing and approved eLearning on March 20, 2020.