Emergency Closings

School Closing Policy and Criteria ‚Äč

It has always been the policy of District 147 Schools to remain open regardless of weather. If cause for closing the schools occurs prior to the school day, announcements will be made on radio, television and the district website (www.whd147.org).

Radio Stations

  • WMAQ-670
  • WGN-720
  • WBBM-780
  • WCFL-1000
  • WCLR-102 FM
  • WFYR-l03-l/2 FM

Television Stations

For computerized emergency closing information.

  • Channel 2
  • Channel 7
  • Channel 9 
  • Channel 32


West Harvey-Dixmoor District 147 Emergency closing will also be posted on the District Website at www.whd147.org.

Superintendent of Schools Empowerment

The Superintendent of Schools is empowered to close schools or dismiss students early in the event of hazardous weather or other emergencies, which threaten the health or safety of students and personnel.

In making the decision to close schools, the Superintendent/designee shall consider many factors including the following:

  • Existing and predicted weather conditions.
  • Driving, traffic, and parking conditions affecting public and private transportation facilities.
  • Actual occurrence or imminent possibility of any emergency condition that would make the opening of schools dangerous.
  • Inability for personnel to report for duty.