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Breaking: Storm causes flurry of school closures in DeKalb County

January 22, 2019

MALTA – Kishwaukee College closed at 11 a.m. today because of the storm that’s descended on DeKalb County, according to Kayte Hamel, the college’s executive director of marketing and public relations.

Night classes at Kish College are canceled, as well, Hamel said. While the mix of snow and freezing rain has caused a flurry of closures, no school districts have yet announced any closures for Wednesday.

DeKalb School District 428 Superintendent Jamie Craven sent an email just before 11 a.m. stating the districts schools are dismissing early. The middle schools and high school will let out at 11:30 a.m., and the elementary schools will dismiss at 1 p.m.; St. Mary School in DeKalb already dismissed, as of 11:20 a.m.

Kathy Sloniker, superintendent’s secretary in Sycamore School District 427, said schools will remain open all afternoon.

“I think we’re going the distance,” she said.

Somonauk School District 432 schools are staying open, too, according to Superintendent Jeff Streicher.

“You run the risk of sending kids home to an empty house when you ask parents to change things in the middle of the day,” he said, adding that he’s been advised by highway crews that students will likely be safer if they stay in school. “Those are the guys I’m listening to right now: the guys who are out salting the roads.”

Same goes for Hinckley-Big Rock District 429, where schools are staying open and tabs are being kept on the storm.

Carla Witte of Indian Creek District 425 said about 11:45 a.m. that staff was still making a determination whether to dismiss early.

Hiawatha School District 426 is letting out at 12:30 p.m., according to an email from the district; Genoa-Kingston District 424 is dismissing at 12:30 p.m., and the school board meeting slated for tonight has been postponed to 7 p.m. Thursday.

According to news release, the DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., DeKalb, will be closing early at 5 p.m., and re-open Wednesday at 9 a.m. All library programs after 5 p.m. have also been canceled Tuesday.

The Bethlehem Feed My Sheep Food Pantry, 1915 N. First St., DeKalb, will also be closed Tuesday.

While the Voluntary Action Center office is open, the following services have been canceled for today: all MedVAC services, rural TransVAC routes except those out of Sandwich, and Meals on Wheels deliveries, according to a news release. VAC senior luncheon sites will be open, and the Kish College routes are running, the release says.

The informational meeting for Project SEARCH, a new internship program for people with special needs at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, has been postponed from this evening to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29, according to Stephanie Gregory, manager of programs for Northwestern Medicine. The meeting is also being moved from the hospital to the conference center in the Northwestern Medicine Wellness Center, 626 Bethany Road, Gregory said.

The National Weather Service has predicted two to four inches of snow between now and 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, and the precipitation is supposed to shift over to freezing rain later today, before shifting back to snow. According to Meteorologist Ricky Castro, the northern part of DeKalb County is expected to take the brunt of the storm.

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