So many snow days!

Madeleine Amberg and Kateland Kirk

Unpredictable weather has caused a rollercoaster of events over the past two weeks. As most know, we are infamous for never having snow days; however, that pattern has changed in the recent days.

From Jan. 30-31, students had no school due to freezing temperatures reaching as low as -45 degrees with windchill.

Denise Dalton, Director of Student Services explains how the school calls a snow day, “When the forecast looks like it’s going to be bad, the district administration coordinates with Lemont Public Works (to see the impacts on the streets), Gorski Bus Company (to see if the buses can safely make their routes) and our feeder schools to decide if it’s safe for kids and teachers to come to school.”

On February 6, students had a late start due to the excessive ice. School started at 9:30 a.m. rather than normal PLC time, 8:40 a.m.

Dalton states the details of calling a late start, “If the forecast looks bad overnight, but things are expected to improve in the early morning, a late start is a way to get the school day in (and not have to make it up in June) while giving people PLENTY of travel time. Late starts give people the time they need to arrive safely.”

Although there have been numerous days off due to the weather, graduation will remain on May 24, 2019.  

With winter not going away, will the pattern continue?