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Emergency Closing of Schools


School Closings: Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31, 2019

With the current forecast for extreme cold weather on Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31, we have decided that the safe and prudent decision for our students is to cancel school on Wednesday and Thursday. This includes all of before and after school activities scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday as well.  Today’s after school activities are also canceled.

Please know that the PAV YMCA will also be closed and additional programming is not available at the PAV YMCA on Wednesday.

Riverside Parks and Recreation will be providing the following cold day offering:

From Riverside Parks and Recreation: We are happy to host a safe and warm location for your Riverside or District 96 child to attend this January 30 and January 31.  This program is open to children in Kindergarten – 8th grade. The program will be held at 10 Pine Avenue in Riverside. Each child must be registered and have an emergency form filled out for their safety. 

You may register online for this program at Emergency forms will be available for you to fill out in person.

Please select the best option for your needs. The pricing and hours are based on a per day fee.

  1. $30 for the full program day, 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  2. $20 for school day coverage, 8 AM – 3:00 PM, as well as the general fee for those enrolled for this week’s Riverside Parks & Recreation Before & After School Program at Hollywood or Central Elementary.

If you have any questions, please do call Riverside Parks & Recreation at 708.442.7025 or email us at


Please continue to monitor the District 96 website for the most up-to-date information.



The safety and well being of students and staff members is our top priority. In the case of inclement or threatening weather conditions, we will work with Riverside Brookfield High School, Komarek District 94 and Brookfield District 95 to make timely and thoughtful decisions that support our children, and the stability of the learning community while addressing weather, travel, safety and facilities. We will make every effort to communicate school closing decisions to you the evening before a closing, when possible. If conditions are changing, we will look to make decisions by 6:00 am the day of the closing. We will make efforts to work closely with Riverside Brookfield High School and Riverside Public Works to make the best possible decision. Decisions may include a late arrival, provided weather and road conditions are expected to improve.

If a weather emergency or other type of emergency requires the closing of any school, parents/guardians will receive a SchoolMessenger phone message and email. This cancellation noticed will be posted to the District 96 website as well as our social media pages.

School closing information related to weather issues will be broadcast over several Chicago radio and TV stations. Among the radio and TV stations that will be given this information are:
AM Stations TV Stations
WGN – 720 CBS – Channel 2
WBBM – 780 NBC – Channel 5
  ABC – Channel 7
  FOX – Channel 32
  CLTV Cable – Channel 38
A list of school closings can also be found at

Parents can also receive automatic e-mails on any school closing due to weather by signing up for the free service at