Late Start and School Closings

School closures and late starts will be announced by 5:45 AM on:

1) the home page of this website;
2) through the District’s Talk203 notification system (encompassing email, SMS and telephone calls - click here for more information on Talk203); and
3) via Twitter @Naperville203

Parents will ONLY receive notice if schools are starting late, dismissing early or closed. Otherwise the day will proceed as usual. Please recognize that no system is foolproof; a power outage or extreme demand on these systems could affect access to communications technologies.

Any student who receives transportation through Naperville School District 203, including those who attend parochial schools and out-of-district facilities, will not be transported in the event that school is closed. In such cases, students will receive an excused absence, so there is no obligation for parents to transport their students to school that day.

Please note that to receive an SMS (mobile text) message, you must specifically provide your SMS number for your student records. District 203 does not assume that cell phone numbers are authorized to receive text messages. See the Campus Portal Help FAQ page for information on ways to provide an SMS number using your parent account on the Infinite Campus Portal.

School closures and late starts are reported to the Emergency Closing Center, which broadcasts the information on the following Chicago stations: WGN-AM (720), WBBM-AM (780), and CBS-TV (2), NBC-TV (5), ABC-TV (7), WGN-TV (9), FOX-TV, and CLTV cable.

Families may also call the District Administrative Offices at (630) 420-6300 to hear a recorded telephone message concerning a school closing or late start. 


Late Start

Naperville School District 203 will continue to run a late start schedule for all schools on severe weather days. The late start schedule provides the flexibility to begin school two hours later than normal, allowing time for roads to be cleared and temperatures to rise.  This alternative eliminates a situation where severe weather in the early morning leads to a decision to close schools for an entire day when it is not warranted.

On late start schedule days, District buses will arrive at the scheduled pick-up points two hours later than their regularly-scheduled time. Students who walk or drive to school should arrive at (not prior to) the times listed below. In the event a late start schedule is utilized, class periods will be shortened to accommodate a shorter day but dismissal times will not change. Aramark, our food service provider, will continue to serve meals as usual.

On late start days, parents and staff are encouraged to continue to monitor this website for updates on the status of after-school activities. Information will be posted no later than 2 PM.

 

The late start schedules are as follows:

Ann Reid Early Childhood Center
AM Early Childhood canceled. PM Session pick-up and drop off is at the usual time
 
Elementary Schools
10:00 AM Drop off
School begins at 10:15
2:30 PM Dismissal
 
Junior High Schools
9:30 AM Drop off
School begins at 10:00
2:50 PM Dismissal
Classes will be reduced with certain periods rearranged in order to maintain the same lunch times.
 
High Schools
9:00 AM Drop off
School begins at 9:30 AM
3:10 PM Dismissal
Class periods and lunch periods will be reduced.
 
Connections Program
10:00 AM Drop off
School begins at 10:15
2:15 PM Dismissal
 
Champions and YMCA’s Safe ‘n Sound Program
AM programs cancelled; PM programs in session.
 
Special Education and Out-of-District Programs
A separate email will be sent to families regarding how these programs will be affected.
 
Field trips will be cancelled as will all intra-school transportation

 




Schedules for Late Start
 

Level Normal Drop Off Normal School Start 2-Hour Later Drop Off Late Start School Start
High School 7:00 AM 7:45 AM 9:00 AM 9:30 AM
Connections 8:00 AM 8:15 AM 10:00 AM 10:15 AM
Junior High 7:30 AM 8:00 AM 9:30 AM 10:00 AM
Elementary (no AM Kindergarten on Late Start Days) 8:00 AM 8:15 AM 10:00 AM 10:15 AM
Ann Reid Early Childhood Center

AM Early Childhood cancelled
Extended Day Early Childhood cancelled
PM Early Childhood runs on regular schedule

 

Junior High and High School Bell Schedules on Late Start Days

 
High Schools Late Start Bell Schedule

Period 1 - 9:30 – 10:07 AM
Period 2 - 10:13 – 10:52 AM
Period 3 - 10:58 – 11:35 AM
Period 4 - 11:41 AM – 12:18 PM
Period 5 - 12:24 – 1:01 PM
Period 6 - 1:07 – 1:44 PM
Period 7 - 1:50 – 2:27 PM
Period 8 - 2:33 – 3:10 PM

High School Late Start Notes:

  • No field trips will occur if we have a late start due to inclement weather
  • Morning Ombudsman session would be cancelled
  • No “shuttles” between high schools would be used

Jefferson, Lincoln and Madison Junior High Schools
Late Start Bell Schedule

Period 1 (announcements) - 10:00-10:34 AM
Period 2 - 10:38-11:03 AM
Period 3 - 11:07-11:32 AM
Period 5 (lunch) - 11:36 AM-12:09 PM
Period 6 (lunch) - 12:13-12:46 PM
Period 7 (lunch) - 12:50-1:23 PM
Period 4 - 1:27-1:52 PM
Period 8 - 1:56-2:21 PM
Period 9 - 2:25-2:50 PM

Kennedy and Washington Junior High Schools
Late Start Bell Schedule

HR  - 10:00-10:05 AM
Period 1 - 10:09-10:34 AM
Period 2 - 10:38-11:03 AM
Period 3 - 11:07-11:32 AM
Period 5 (lunch) - 11:36 AM-12:09 PM
Period 6 (lunch) - 12:13-12:46 PM
Period 7 (lunch) - 12:50-1:23 PM
Period 4 - 1:27-1:52 PM
Period 8 - 1:56-2:21 PM
Period 9 - 2:25-2:50 PM
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