District 181 is committed to the safety and security of students, staff, and visitors. In order to support that commitment, the District has developed a Safety & Crisis Committee, which includes members of fire and police departments, along with District administrators. Click here to learn more about that committee.
Communicating in a Crisis
The following communication channels will be used to keep our District families and staff informed about District emergencies, including snow days and cold days:
- Visit the District website at www.d181.org. Emergency notifications such as snow day decisions will be visible on the homepage.
- Watch for a tweet from us @CCSD181.
- Listen for the automated call sent via SchoolMessenger.
- Watch for an email sent via SchoolMessenger.
- Watch for a text message sent via SchoolMessenger.
- Use the Emergency Closing Center’s resources. The ECC allows users to sign-up for e-mail alerts when a facility changes its status to "closed." You can also visit the ECC website to check a school facility.
- Check with local media. TV and radio stations are notified of a closing via the Emergency Closing Center.
Snow Days / Cold Weather Days
We do our best to keep schools open, but there are days when the weather is so severe that it is impossible to transport children safely or without undue hardship on them and on families, as well as District 181 staff. After consulting with our bus company, District 181 maintenance personnel, and various local agencies, we may declare a “snow day” or "cold weather day" and school would then be cancelled. We strive to determine whether or not school is cancelled no later than 6am so that families and staff can make any needed arrangements in a timely manner. If severe weather develops after school begins, we try to keep our students in school until the usual dismissal time. However, we suggest families have a contingency plan if severe weather develops or any other circumstance compels us to close school early.
- (3) Fire / Evacuation (including one with active participation from the fire department)
- (3) Lockdown (with students in place) (including one unannounced drill in response to an “active shooter” with law enforcement)
- (1) Bus Evacuation
- (1) Severe Weather
Resources for Parents
- Addressing Grief
- Books for Children Dealing with Loss or Trauma
- Halloween Safety Tips
- Helping Children Cope with Terrorism
- Stranger Danger Safety Tips (NCPC)
- Tips for Caregivers of Students Experiencing Trauma
Director of Communications
Safety & Crisis Committee Chair