Greetings Country Club Hills School District 160 Community,
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the break. The Country Club Hills School District 160 Community has surpassed the halfway point of the 2016-2017 school year, and the district thanks the parents and the students for their hard work to this point. I would like to ask parents to encourage their students to buckle down and finish strong in their classes. Together we are making a difference in the learning experiences and opportunities for each of our students.
Winter weather has certainly arrived. With its arrival, inclement weather related events may necessitate the closure of schools. This is done to protect all of our stakeholders. The decision to close is based upon heavy snow accumulation, extremely low/hazardous temperatures and/or power outages. We must recognize the potential hazards of exposing students to hazardous conditions. Forecast temperatures/wind chills between -20 and -30 degrees create significant risks including hypothermia, frostbite, and even asthma. The District may close schools if the projected temperatures are forecasted at these low levels.
In previous years, we have been fortunate to have enough notice and information to support my ability to make decisions the night before schools were closed. As a parent, I am very aware of the impact that these decisions have on your work schedule and ability to secure supervision for your child(ren). I will make every effort to continue this process. If a decision to close schools cannot be made by 11 pm, then I will notify you of this. You will then receive an update at 6 a.m. the following morning. As a reminder, updates will also be posted on our social media pages, website, and local media broadcasts.
As 2016 comes to an end, I would like to thank you for a productive first semester and hope you enjoy a well-deserved winter break. I am looking forward to the start of 2017 which will bring significant opportunity for students, staff and our community.
Thank you again for all you do, and may the Holiday Season ahead be peaceful and enjoyable.
Dr. Sandra Thomas