There are several unknowns heading into the storm, including: how roads will handle the wet snow and how much compacting and melting will occur after the snow falls. District 49 crews will be out monitoring road conditions early Wednesday. If a closure is warranted, updates will be provided.
| ||Based on current and forecasted conditions, the district's leadership determined it's safe to keep educational services available. |
|Based on current and forecasted conditions, the district's leadership determined it's safe to keep educational services available, but will continue to monitor weather and road conditions.|
| ||Based on current and forecasted conditions, the district's leadership determined it's safe to keep educational services available but with a delay. |
|Based on current and forecasted conditions, the district's leadership determined it's safe to keep educational services available but with a delay, but will continue to monitor weather and road conditions.|
| ||Based on current and forecasted conditions, the district's leadership determined it's unsafe to keep educational services available.|
District 49 uses FlashAlert to send districtwide emergency notifications. When the district publishes a weather-related delay or closure, the system finishes sending it within 5 minutes. It automatically updates news stations, while sending District 49 subscribers emails and push notifications. FlashAlert recently stopped sending text messages (SMS) due to frequent failures. Email or cell phone service providers often delay or stop the mass use of SMS due to their anti-spam algorithms. To get around this issue, the free FlashAlert Messenger smartphone and tablet apps are available to send push notifications, a method much faster and reliable than using SMS. The preferred delivery method is to download and configure that app. The FlashAlert system no longer provides a form specifically for adding text-enabled cell numbers. However, if you do not have a smartphone or tablet, you can still get text messages. You just need to add the email address associated with your carrier’s SMS gateway. You can find some common email-to-SMS gateway addresses here: https://www.d49.org/FlashAlert.
You can manage your account and verify your contact information here.
Yes. Parents make the final call for each student's safety.
Per board policy (EBCE-R), parents are asked to help make decisions regarding their own child. If, in a parent’s judgment, it is too hazardous to send their child to school, the child should be kept at home. The child will not be penalized for his or her absence or tardiness and will be given ample opportunity to make up missed assignments. When inclement weather causes bad road conditions, a parent may waive an absence by contacting their student's school to report the absence as weather related.
If roads are safe, schools stay open... unless it gets dangerously cold.
Safety is never just about wind chill. Mix up the right combination of temperature, humidity and wind in the atmosphere, and we can get icing conditions at 30 degrees Fahrenheit and above. What's more, sometimes, conditions can go from safe to icy in less than an hour. Some areas in our district change faster than others. Since we must delay or close school almost three hours before the first class, there is plenty of opportunity to make a good faith decision that turns out wrong. We do our best to err on the side of safety. When temperatures plummet, we pay attention to the thermometer, barometer, anemometer, and any other ‘ometers that can help us predict the weather. When the combination of ambient temperature and wind speed pushes the effective temperature (wind chill) down to –18 degrees, we know we are in the danger zone for frostbite. Once the windchill nears –18 degrees, we know that exposed skin can suffer frostbite in 30 minutes. Cold weather sweeping in with humidity, snow, ice and winds, our decision is fairly straightforward. Cold weather is one of the factors in our decision about what constitutes unsafe conditions. We encourage you to use the National Weather Service's online chart and calculator to explore and calculate wind chills, so you can make informed decisions before your family heads outside and into cold weather.