School closings

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Heavy snow and high winds have prompted some schools in northern Illinois to change plans for Tuesday. Here's what we know so far: 

Colleges and Universities

Northern Illinois University is open Tuesday and all classes -- virtual AND in-person -- are on as scheduled. Anyone going to the university, especially in the morning, is encouraged to park in the parking deck so parking lots can be plowed.

Rock Valley College is remote-only Tuesday. Online classes are on as scheduled, but students should NOT go to campus.

Peter Medlin

Plenty of schools surveyed staff and parents over the past several months, asking about e-learning challenges and seeking suggestions going into the new COVID-affected school year.

Schools don’t as often ask the students themselves, especially younger kids. The West Aurora School District did ask its students, from Pre-K all the way through high school, how they felt about schools being closed.

NIU Students React to School Closings

Feb 12, 2019
Andrew Heiserman

All semester long, Northern Illinois University has been fighting a losing battle against the weather. The extreme snow and cold affecting the midwest caused the campus to close multiple times already. Ice forced yet another delay Tuesday morning. Student Max Kersten thinks NIU has made responsible decisions. 

"In [light] of all the closings NIU has done a pretty good job in terms of informing us on when the campus has been closed," he said. "Which gives us time to prepare and still get the material done for our classes on our own."

Ice Storm Causes School Closings And Delays

Feb 12, 2019

The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for parts of northern Illinois. A winter weather advisory covers other areas of the state. The weather service says significant ice accumulation is expected and road conditions will be dangerous.

Weather related school closings and delays:

Elgin school district: delayed start until 10 am

Genoa-Kingston school district: closed

Harlem school district: closed, after school activities canceled

Northern Illinois University: DeKalb campus closed until 11 am

Rockford school district: closed

National Weather Service

Updated 8:38 a.m. Thursday

The National Weather Service warns of "life-threatening extreme cold" Tuesday through Friday morning in northern Illinois. 

The U.S. Postal Service has suspended delivery through Thursday in the Illinois zip codes that begin with the following three digits:

600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 611, 613, 614, 616, 617


Winter Weather Closings

Nov 26, 2018
"Snow Plow" by Flickr User June Marie / (CC x 2.0)

Many northern Illinois schools are closed due to winter weather today, Monday, November 26:

All DeKalb Dist. 428 schools are closed.

All Dixon Public schools are closed.

Indian Creek schools are cancelled.  After school extracurricular activities may also be canceled.

Kishwaukee Community College will be closed.

Northern Illinois University is closed. Monday classes at NIU-Rockford are canceled. Naperville, Hoffman Estates, and Lorado Taft will remain open and operate with a regular schedule on Monday.

Larry Stephens


Nearly all schools in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin are closed. Many local government offices are closed, as well.

Northern Illinois University is canceling classes and university offices are closed for Friday, Feb. 9. at all locations. The school is reopening for events starting at 4:00 Friday afternoon, including those scheduled to commemorate Feb. 14, 2008. Normal operations resume at midnight.

Rockford Public Schools pushed back its final exams because of inclement weather. 

Normally, these would have started Monday.  But principals closed down schools when a fifth of their bus fleet failed to start Monday morning.

Principals agreed to push back finals by one day.  This means students will take their last set of exams on January 9, after winter vacation.  That date also is the end of the grading period. 

Teachers plan to hold a 20-minute review session before each test that day.  RPS says families should expect report cards by January 16th.

All Rockford Public Schools are closed today, according to an announcement on the school district website. All district after-school activities also are canceled, the announcement said.

The district reports that "a large percentage" of the district-owned school buses would not start because of the extreme cold.

The Administration Building, Student Assignment Center/Sterling Holley and Operations Support Center are open.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford needs fewer, larger elementary schools. More modern classrooms. One early education center for each quadrant of the city. It’s all part of a $250 million plan to improve  every elementary school, except for the 7 to 9 targeted for closing. 

Closings For Tuesday, January 28

Jan 28, 2014

The current Arctic blast hitting the northern Illinois region has resulted in another round of weather related closings for Tuesday.

Diane Drake / WNIJ

The following schools are closed Tuesday, January 7th because of the dangerously-low temperatures: 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Forecast highs of around 15 below zero have led to a flurry of school cancelations for Monday, January 6th. The National  Weather Service has classified the deep-freeze expected over the  next few days as "life-threatening cold." The following schools are closed Monday: check back for updates.

NWS - Chicago /

Another day of sweltering temperatures means another short school day for many students in northern Illinois. The National Weather Service predicts record-high temperatures for this time of year will be reached Tuesday, with thermometers topping out in the low- to mid-90s.

Closings And Cancellations For Tuesday

Mar 5, 2013
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

New additions in bold

The following schools are closed and events postponed due to the snowstorm Tuesday, March 5th. Check back for updates.

Diane Drake / WNIJ

A winter storm is making its way across northern Illinois. A Winter Weather Advisory has been extended until midnight for northern Illinois. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for McHenry and Lake Counties, where 6 to 10 inches of snow are expected overnight. Forecasters say strong winds will also make travel difficult at times. As a result, some schools, colleges, and businesses are closed today.