Emergency School Closing Procedures
As we prepare for winter weather, please take a moment now to read these guidelines.
Proactively seek out potential emergency closing information…
When conditions are questionable, your first line of information on school closing should be the Emergency Closing Center website or radio/television announcements. If a decison is made to close school we will always publish this information on these outlets. (see below for access information.)
When In Doubt…
If you think conditions indicate a possible school closing and you have not been able to learn whether school is closed through one of the listed on this page, please call another school family before leaving your house. It is our desire that no CHA family will make an unnecessary trip to school in hazardous or treacherous conditions.
Hazardous weather conditions in Chicagoland can vary from area to area. If a parent determines that the roads are unsafe to travel to school, parents may elect to keep their student home. Absences and tardies due to hazardous weather will be excused. Please call the CHA Receptionist at 847-446-5252 by 9:00 AM to report the delayed arrival time or absence.
Where to Find Emergency Closing Information
There are several ways that you may receive information in the event that CHA implements an emergency school closing:
As soon as a decision is made to close school, CHA will report this to the Emergency Closing Center, a public service that publishes all reported Chicago area school and other institutional closings. Visit www.emergencyclosingcenter.com to see if CHA is listed as closed. Look for: Christian Heritage Academy, City: Northfield.
As soon as a decision is made to close school, a text message will be sent to CHA households via CHA’s School Messenger Service.
As soon as a decision is made to close school, an email will be sent to your Veracross Parent Portal and personal email account (Email1 field in Veracross for each parent).
As soon as a decision is made to close school, notification will be posted on our CHA website homepage, www.christianheritage.org.
Drawing from Emergency Closing Center data, local TV and radio stations (WBBM, WGN and WLS, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, CLTV, etc.) announce or scroll Chicago area school closings. CHA will be included in these lists if a decision is made to close.
After School Activities on the Day of an Emergency School Closing
All after school activities, programs, sports and games (except for tournaments) will be cancelled on the day(s) of an emergency school closing.
Emergency Closing During a School Day
In the rare event that school must close during the school day, the office will contact families via text through School Messenger. Supervision will be in place until all students have been picked up.
Cold Weather Reminder: Dress Warmly for Recess and other Outdoor Activities
Parents, remember to send your child to school with a warm coat, hat, and gloves (snow pants and boots on snowy days). Students will go outside for recess whenever the temperature and wind chill factor are within our guidelines. If in doubt about the weather, have your child come prepared to go outside.
Preschool does not play outside if the wind chill is below 10°F.
Kindergarten-Grade 12 will not go outside if the wind chill is below 0°F.
When the temperatures and wind are just at or above these guidelines, we may make a decision to have children out for a shorter time, rather than the full recess time so as to still give them fresh air and time to play.
Teachers will use www.weather.com (CHA-Northfield: zip code 60093) to determine wind chill.