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Emergency Closings

School bus parked outside the school on a sunny day

We understand that the decision to keep school opened or not during inclement weather significantly affects families. We also understand that our students are better served, both academically and socially, by being in school whenever possible. However, the safety of our students and staff is always our top priority when deciding to keep schools opened or closed due to bad weather.

In addition to information provided by the Skokie Police Department regarding road conditions and consulting with our buildings and grounds department, the District Administrators conduct a thorough analysis of relevant factors before we make our final decision. Additional areas considered are as follows:

  • Whether or not we can start and move buses.
  • The amount of snow and ice accumulation.
  • Predictions as to whether the snow/ice fall will continue.
  • Building conditions (whether or not we have electricity and heat).
  • Parking lot conditions and sidewalk safety.
  • Temperature and Wind Chill.
  • Weather predictions. While we prefer not base our decision on predictions, since they aren’t always accurate, this is sometimes unavoidable.
  • What other school districts are doing; we always make our decision in cooperation with other Niles Township elementary districts and Niles Township High School.

District 69 Winter Weather Procedures 

Emergency Closing Alerts

In the event of an emergency closing, an email and phone call will go out to the primary contact for every household in the district. Additionally, the district website will have information about the closing on the home page and the closing will be reported to the Emergency Closing Center website. That site is the news media’s feed for closing information.

Emergency Closing Website

Emergency Closing Center

The following steps outline how to complete a status search and sign up for email notification from Emergency Closing Center.

Status Search

  • Click once on the Status Search link.
    • District 69 Facility Names: Madison (Skokie), Edison (Morton Grove), Lincoln (Skokie), Dist #69 (Skokie)

E-mail Notification

  • Click once on the E-mail Notification link.
  • Enter facility name and city. Then click once on submit.
    • District 69 Facility Names: Madison (Skokie), Edison (Morton Grove), Lincoln (Skokie), Dist #69 (Skokie)
  • Enter your name and e-mail address. Then click once on submit.
    • Note: The bottom portion of this window shows where you will have to revisit if you wish to stop receiving e-mail notifications.
  • You will receive a confirmation message