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Emergency Closing of Schools



All Riverside District 96 schools will be closed tomorrow November 26. The current weather conditions along with the forecast for high winds and blizzard conditions make this the safest decision for our students. Please know that our school buildings will not be open. The administration center is also closed. Riverside Parks and Recreation before school care will be open for students enrolled at the Central and Hollywood Elementary School programs. Other students in need of child care can contact Riverside Parks and Recreation or contact them via their Facebook page. Students should be dropped off and picked up at the Riverside Water Tower located at 10 Pine Avenue.  

PAV YMCA will also have childcare available for students enrolled in the PAV before and after care program and for any interested students. We intend to resume our usual school schedule on Tuesday, November 27.

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