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DeKalb D-428 superintendent expects more closures this week

January 28, 2019

DeKALB – Classes likely will be in session Tuesday in District 428, but schools likely will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, district Superintendent Jamie Craven said Monday.

School was canceled in DeKalb on Monday after the area received several inches of snowfall. Although the afternoon brought something of a warmup, Tuesday was expected to be the first of three days with temperatures below zero.

Craven said he had talked with transportation staff, and they had agreed Tuesday looked “pretty promising,” but parents probably should plan to have children out of school on Wednesday and Thursday, when temperatures are expected to be well below zero.

“Unless there’s a drastic change in the forecast between now and 5 p.m. tomorrow, we don’t have a chance for Wednesday,” Craven said.

With actual temperatures Thursday looking likely to be well below zero as well, classes likely will be canceled if there’s any wind at all, Craven said.

Losing three days of school will be a disruption, not only for working parents who may have to find day care options for children, but also for teachers trying to keep their students on track and for extracurricular events, which might have to be rescheduled, Craven said.

“The No. 1 thing is, is it going to be safe for our kids and our employees,” Craven said, “but also keeping in mind that when we do cancel, it’s not easy on parents, either.” 

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