Delayed Start and School Closings

  • School closures and delayed 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.

    School closures and delayed 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. 

Delayed Start

  • Naperville School District 203 will run a delayed start schedule for all schools on severe weather days when possible. The delayed 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 delayed 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 delayed start schedule is used, 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.

    District 203 Delayed Start Schedule on Severe Weather Days

    Schedules for Delayed Start

    Level Normal Drop Off Normal School Start 2-Hour Later Drop Off Delayed Start School Start Dismissal Time
    High School 7:00 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Regular 3:10 p.m.
    Connections 8:00 a.m. 8:15 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:15 a.m. Regular 2:15 p.m.
    Junior High 7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Regular 2:50 p.m.
    Elementary (no AM Kindergarten on Late Start Days) 8:00 a.m. 8:15 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:15 a.m. Regular 2:30 p.m.
    Ann Reid Early Childhood Center

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

    Full-Day Early Childhood Classes-Maplebrook Elementary and Scott Elementary
    Follow the same schedule as elementary schools.
    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 transportation between schools.


    Junior High and High School Bell Schedules on Delayed Start Days

    High Schools Delayed 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 Delayed 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 
    Delayed 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 
    Delayed 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