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Inclement Weather and School Closing Procedures

INCLEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION (English and Spanish)

Snow Day Notifications

Winter is upon us! In the event of inclement weather, here’s how you can learn about school closures or modifications to the school day (e.g. delayed start, early release, etc.):

  • RUSD Website: Visit the RUSD website at www.rusd.org. Emergency notifications will be posted on the home page.
  • Emergency Emails: Sign up to receive emergency emails from the District. Sign up on the District website at www.rusd.org.
  • Local Media: Emergency school closings, delays and early releases will also be communicated to local media including:
    • The Journal Times (www.journaltimes.com)
    • Racine County Eye (www.racinecountyeye.com)
    • TMJ4 (Channel 4)
    • Fox 6 (Channel 6)
    • WISN 12 (Channel 12)
    • CBS 58 (Channel 58)
    • WRJN (1400 AM)
    • WGTD (91.1 FM)


Notificación de Días de Nieve

En caso de mal tiempo, usted puede hacer lo siguiente para informarse de los cambios que puede haber en la escuela respecto de clausura de la escuela u otras modificaciones (entrar a clases más tarde o salir más temprano, etc.)

  • Sitio web RUSD  (RUSD Website): Visite el sitio web RUSD enwww.rusd.org. Las notificaciones de emergencia se publicarán en la página principal.
  • Mensajes de correos electrónicos de emergencia: Regístrese en la pagina web del Distrito para recibir mensajes de emergencia: www.rusd.org.
  • Medios Locales: cierre de escuelas de emergencia, retrasos y salidas temprano también se comunicarán a través del diario y tv  locales
    • The Journal Times (www.journaltimes.com)
    • Racine County Eye (www.racinecountyeye.com)
    • TMJ4 (Channel 4)
    • Fox 6 (Channel 6)
    • WISN 12 (Channel 12)
    • CBS 58 (Channel 58)
    • WRJN (1400 AM)
    • WGTD (91.1 FM)

 

RUSD Now Offering Text Message Notifications

New this year, during weather or other emergencies, RUSD will now be able to notify parents and guardians via text message. If you have a cell phone number as your primary household phone number in our records, you will be eligible to receive District text messages.

How Do I Sign-Up?

  • On Dec. 14 the District will send out an opt-in text message to your cell phone asking you if you’d like to receive text message notifications from Racine Unified.
  • The text will be sent from the number 684-53.
  • Reply ‘YES’ if you want to receive text message notifications or ‘NO’ if you do not want to receive them.

If your primary phone number is not a cell phone and you would like to receive District text messages, you can change your number in Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Please see step-by-step instructions on the backside of this page.

If you need your Parent Portal access code, please contact your child’s school.
If you do not receive an opt-in message, please login to the Parent Portal and make sure your primary household number is correct. If you miss the Dec. 14 opt-in message and your primary household number in Infinite Campus is a cell phone, you can text “YES’ to 684-53 at any time to sign-up.

District text messages will also be sent out in Spanish. Please note that the program does not allow us to enter special characters. Therefore, messages will not have the following accent marks, á é í ó ú, ü, ¿ ¡.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email info@rusd.org.

 

RUSD Ahora Ofrece Notificaciones Por Medio de Mensaje de Texto

Nuevo este año, el Distrito Escolar podrá notificar a los padres o tutores sobre emergencias debido al clima o de otro tipo, por medio de mensajes de texto.  Si tiene un número de teléfono celular como su número de contacto principal en nuestros archivos, podrá recibir mensajes de texto del distrito.

¿Cómo Me Registro?

  • El 14 de diciembre el Distrito Escolar enviará un mensaje de texto para registrarse a su teléfono celular preguntando si quisiera recibir notificaciones por medio de mensajes de texto del Distrito Escolar.
  • El mensaje de texto vendrá del número 68453.
  • Responda “YES” si desea recibir las notificaciones por medio de texto o responda “NO” si no desea recibirlos.  

Si su número de contacto principal no es un celular y quisiera recibir los mensajes de texto del Distrito Escolar, puede cambiar su número de teléfono en el Portal Para Padres en Infinite Campus.  Por favor vea las instrucciones incluidas al reverso de esta hoja con un paso a paso de cómo hacer el cambio.

Si necesita su clave de acceso para el Portal Para Padres, por favor comuníquese con la escuela de su estudiante.

Si no recibe un mensaje de texto para registrarse, por favor inicie una sesión en el Portal Para Padres y asegúrese de que su número de contacto principal esté correcto.  Si el 14 de diciembre no recibe el mensaje para registrarse y su número de contacto principal en Infinite Campus es uno de celular, puede mandar un texto con la palabra “YES” al 68453 en cualquier momento para registrarse.

Los mensajes de texto que envíe el Distrito Escolar también estarán en español.  Por favor tome nota que el programa que usamos no nos permite utilizar las letras especiales.  Por lo tanto, los mensajes no incluirán los siguientes acentos y símbolos: á é í ó ú, ü, ¿ ¡.

Si tiene alguna duda o pregunta por favor mande un correo electrónico a info@rusd.org.

 

SCHOOL CLOSING PROCEDURES

Below is information about emergency closing procedures that the Racine Unified School District follows. We realize that any change from the normal school schedule may cause some disruption. The below options will be utilized sparingly and only when conditions make such procedures absolutely necessary. It is very important, however, that you are prepared for such an emergency. Please make all necessary arrangements in advance for alternate supervision for your child/children in case of emergency closings. Our goal is to ensure care and safety for all students.

Parent Notification

If schools are closed, delayed or dismissed early, we will make every effort to inform District families as soon as possible. To receive the earliest information about emergency closings or delays, we urge you to register your email address here to receive up-to-date notification via email (Be sure to register for "Emergency Announcements."). Additionally, we will post school closing information on the District's website and the notice will be broadcast over the following media:

www.rusd.org
(Racine Unified School District)
www.journaltimes.com
(The Journal Times)
Fox 6 (Channel 6)
TMJ4 (Channel 4) CBS 58 (Channel 58) WISN 12 (Channel 12)
FM 106.1 WRJN (1400 AM) NEWSTALK 1130 WISN
AM 920 THE WOLF WGTD (91.1 FM) V100.7 JAMS
94.5 THE LAKE 97.3 RADIO NOW OLDIES 95.7
620 WTMJ    

School Closing Procedures

There are three possibilities for closing school, which may be considered based upon weather conditions:

Option #1 - Schools Closed: All Racine Unified schools will be closed for the day. No after-school activities occur on days when schools are closed.

Option #2 - Delayed Start - Two Hours: Schools will start two hours later than their usual starting time. Students who use school bus transportation should be at their assigned bus stop two hours later than normal. Students who walk should plan to arrive at their school two hours later than the normal arrival time. Students will be dismissed at their regular dismissal time at the end of the day.

Early Childhood and 4-Year-Old Half-Day Kindergarten:  When schools are delayed two hours, early childhood and 4K are not in session.

Option #3 - Early Dismissal: Dismissal time is determined based on weather and communicated to families as quickly as possible. No after school activities occur on early dismissal days. 

Thank you for your support as we prepare for emergency school closings.

Recess and School Door Opening Times

School doors should open early if:

  • The air temperature or wind chill is 10 degrees above or colder
  • Rain is falling
  • Heavy snow is falling or
  • Other extreme weather conditions prevail

However, students should not report to their classrooms until either the teacher is present or 11 minutes before classes are regularly scheduled to convene. Recess at elementary schools should also not be held during the above conditions.

Absences

If a parent deems the weather too dangerous for his/her child to be out, the parent has the right to request an excused absence for the child. If students are tardy due to cars not starting, etc., those excuses will be honored.