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Emergency Notifications

District 191 uses an emergency notification system to communicate with families and staff in the event of an emergency or severe weather event that affects the school day. The contact information used is synced with the district's student information system. Parents may update their information through their ParentVUE account or by contacting your child's school directly.

Severe Weather

When severe weather affects the school day, District 191 does everything it can to keep families in the know.

  • Alerts will be posted on the District and all school websites
  • Announcements will be posted to Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Information will be relayed through local television and radio stations
  • A phone call will be delivered to all phone numbers on file for all students
  • An email announcement will be delivered to all email addresses on file for all students
  • A text message will be sent to parents who opt in (send "Subscribe" to 67587 to receive text messages)

Closures due to cold weather

School will be canceled if the National Weather Service forecast for 6 a.m. on the following morning shows an air temperature of below -25 degrees Fahrenheit OR a wind chill of below -35 degrees Fahrenheit.

Other Emergency Notifications

In the event of all emergencies, including those not due to weather, student safety is always the district's top priority. The district will do everything it can to communicate with the families of the students involved in an accurate and timely manner, and through the channels (phone, email, text, social media, etc.) it deems appropriate depending on the circumstances of the emergency. 

Standard Response Protocol

Because the safety of our students and staff is our top priority, District 191 regularly reviews its emergency response plans. This year, in order to ensure a coordinated and consistent response to different emergency situations, the district has adopted the “I Love U Guys” Foundation’s Standard Response Protocol (SRP). This fall and throughout the school year, students and staff will be training, practicing and drilling the protocol.

The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is used in response to all hazards or emergencies, including severe weather and safety concerns inside or outside school buildings. It uses clear common language while allowing for flexibility. The premise is simple - there are five specific actions that can be performed during an incident: Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate and Shelter.

Learn more about the five actions, what they mean and when they might be used, by downloading the links below. 

As always, the district or your child's school will communicate directly with families by phone, email or text in an emergency situation. Please be sure to update your contact information through ParentVue and sign up to receive texts by sending "Subscribe" to 67587.