Emergency Closings Information

On days of inclement weather, we will make the decision to cancel school before 5:30 a.m. We will update our District 156 website immediately with school closure information. Subsequently, you will receive an automated phone message and/or text to the number(s) listed in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. For information about school closings across the Chicagoland area you can access the Emergency Closing Center webpage. (Please do not call the Transportation Department to find out whether McHenry Schools are closed due to weather).

The District 156 website will continue to be updated throughout the day with additional information. The building principal in conjunction with staff members and coaches will decide whether scheduled after-school events or athletic practices/competitions will take place later in the day or evening.

We will always do our best to keep our schools open. We make our decision to stay open based upon:

  • Visibility and street conditions in McHenry
  • Functioning of our buses in conjunction with our feeder districts
  • Operational status of our mechanical systems
  • Overall conditions of both East and West parking lots and grounds.
Receive School Closing Alerts Directly to your Email or Phone!

Please update your contact information in Skyward. This is how we will contact you if there is an emergency situation or school closing. Again, if you fail to update your contact information then you will not receive an automated message in the event of an emergency or school closing. You may select more than one contact number if necessary; list your mobile number as the primary number if that’s the best number to reach you.