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.
Communicating in a Crisis
The following communication channels are available 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 an 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's status.
- Check with local media. TV and radio stations are notified of a school 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 Buildings and Grounds 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
Sex Offender Information
Public Act 94-994 requires schools to notify parents that information about sex offenders is available to the public. The names and addresses of all registered sex offenders in the State of Illinois are listed by county and posted for public access on the following link: http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/.
There are no current alerts.
Resources for Parents - Grief, Trauma, Loss
- Addressing Grief
- Books for Children Dealing with Loss or Trauma
- 35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child
- Identifying Severely Traumatized Children
- Tips for Children and Teens with Grieving Friends and Classmates
- Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events
Resources for Parents - Other
- Halloween Safety Tips
- Helping Children Cope with Terrorism
- Stranger Danger Safety Tips (NCPC)
- Tips for Caregivers of Students Experiencing Trauma
- Anxiety, Bullying, Digital Citizenship, Loss of a Loved One, Stress, Substance Abuse, Where to Get Help
Director of Communications
Safety & Crisis Committee Chair