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It's That Time of Year: School Closing Procedures


As winter weather approaches, I want to be sure you are aware of 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 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 you as soon as possible. To receive the earliest information about emergency closings or delays, we urge you to register your email address on our website ( to receive up-to-date notification via email. Additionally, we will immediately post school closing information on the website ( and the notice will be broadcast over the following media:

​(Racine Unified School District)

(The Journal Times)

(Racine County Eye)

TMJ4 (Channel 4)

CBS 58 (Channel 58)

Fox 6 (Channel 6)

FM 106.1

WRJN (1400 AM)

WISN 12 (Channel 12)


WGTD (91.1 FM)


94.5 KTI Country


V100.7 JAMS

620 WTMJ

92.1 The Shore



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 the 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 schools 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.

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
  • 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.


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.