School Closings

The decision to open or close schools is made in consultation with surrounding school districts, our transportation provider, city road reports, and National Weather Service information.

Many factors go into the decision, including current and/or predicted air temperature, wind chill, snowfall, road conditions, busing reports from our transportation provider, and the condition of school mechanical systems. So there is not a specific set of criteria. For cold temperatures, we have, in the past, contemplated closing when the National Weather Service has issued a warning. We typically do not close for weather advisories, which are less severe. Please note that Batavia Public School District 101 will only announce when schools are closed.

We make every effort to provide a safe and secure school environment. You, however, make the final decision regarding your child’s welfare. If schools are open, please only send your child to school if you feel your local conditions are safe.

The district may determine that a remote learning day will be used instead of a closed day. During a remote learning day, teachers will communicate lessons comparable to in-person learning using technology and/or materials sent home with the students.

On remote learning days, live instruction will take place throughout the day on an abbreviated schedule at all levels. Here is some general schedule information, with details being provided on the emergency closing day.

Elementary

Teachers will be available from 8 am to 1 pm, with lessons posted by 9 am. A virtual morning meeting will take place using Google Meet where each student is expected to log in and participate. The teacher will provide a sample schedule for the day. An additional virtual meeting will be scheduled by that teacher to take place later in the day. Parents/guardians and students will be encouraged to check in with their teacher with questions if needed.

Middle School

Teachers will be available from 8 am to 1 pm. Live lessons will be provided from 9 am to noon with live instruction on an abbreviated schedule for all 8 blocks.

High School

Teachers will be available from 8 am to 11 am. Live lessons will be provided from 11 am to 1 pm with live instruction on an abbreviated schedule for all 8 blocks.

When school is closed without remote learning being utilized, the school day will need to be made up at the end of the school year.

To help keep you informed of school closings, we have six resources:

  • BPS101 Messenger: Set your personal delivery preferences for email, text messages, and/or phone calls in PowerSchool.
  • BPS101 Emergency Advisory Line: Call (630) 937-8899 anytime for updates.
  • BPS101 Website: Our site will have notices posted by 6 a.m.
  • Twitter: Follow the District on Twitter @BPS101
  • Facebook: Get updates in your news feed by “liking” the District
  • Emergency Closing Center: Information is broadcast on all Chicago-area TV stations and on the radio stations WGN AM 720 and WBBM AM 780. 

Please be advised that notification systems are not perfect. Radio and television notices are not always broadcasted promptly, web pages are not always available,  and telephone communications may not always be possible. For this reason, we use multiple communication channels to provide you with accurate and timely information.

To ensure that you receive important school closing notifications, the District encourages you to access or subscribe to more than one of these resources.

Please take a moment to check your phone number(s) and email address(s) in PowerSchool to make sure we have accurate contact information for you. Primary guardians can edit incorrect information by clicking on the “Registration Info” button on the left side of the screen, then clicking the “Guardian Info” tab at the top of the screen.