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Sycamore Schools Moves to 2-Hour Delay for Inclement Weather

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Sycamore Community Schools is moving to a two-hour delay system for inclement weather to better serve our students and families. The change from a 90-minute delay to a 2-hour delay will go into effect immediately for the 2015-2016 school year.

The decision to close school or issue a two-hour delay is carefully considered by consulting the local law enforcement and local municipalities. However, the ultimate decision rests with the superintendent of Sycamore Community Schools. Delaying our arrival time by an additional thirty minutes will provide the extra time our district team requires to thoroughly assess road conditions on these days. The two hours will be added to the original start time for your students building. Preschool and head start programs will be cancelled in the case of a  two-hour delay. AM Kindergarten will also be cancelled during two-hour delays, which is a change from previous years.

The decision to delay or close school  will be decided as early as possible in order to be sensitive to family schedules. We begin assessing the roads as early as 2:30 a.m. to ensure that all students and staff members are able to arrive safely. We will communicate this decision to you through local media, a phone call, an email, social media, and our website.  Calls will be made no earlier than 5 a.m. and no later than 10 p.m.

For staff, we will contact you through email and phone.  This data comes from our payroll system.  In addition, you will receive an email message automatically to your Sycamore email account.  To verify your contact information within the payroll system, we will provide a list of your phone and email information to your building/department secretary for you to review.  If a change is required, please notify the payroll department to modify your contact information if you so choose.

In preparation for winter, Sycamore Community Schools will test our phone notification system on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Sycamore will use this opportunity to call all primary contacts that we have on file for all of our registered students in order to correct any errors in advance of a real weather emergency. Parents DO NOT need to “opt in” to receive these recorded calls.

In case of a rare early dismissal, Sycamore Schools would greatly appreciate it if you reviewed with your student what they are to do. The elementary schools and E.H Greene require all families to design an early dismissal plan please review this with your student.