Dear Collins community,
We hope that everyone had a great week! Please click on the following link for the most recent edition of the Collins Clips.
Today our school practiced a hard lock down drill under the guidance of the Schaumburg Police Department. A hard lock down is what the students and staff would use if there ever was a safety risk in the school. Our students and staff did an amazing job! This drill was an unannounced drill so that we could test our systems and evaluate how we respond. District 54’s School Resource Officer Zwirowski and two other Detectives from the Schaumburg Police Department were impressed with our students and staff and how well they did during the drill.
This year we honored Veteran’s Day with a video presentation including pictures and stories from all veterans related to Collins’ students and staff. On Wednesday, November 11th, we shared the video with our students. The awesome tribute was created and organized by Mrs. Blazina. Thank you Mrs. Blazina!
Winter Weather and School Closings:
In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I e-mailed a letter from Superintendent Andy DuRoss regarding District 54’s Severe Cold Weather Response Plan (click here for the link to the letter). District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open. We want students in school learning. However circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Our biggest concern in making a decision to close is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car). To help parents District 54 has now set specific standards for when school will be closed due to extreme cold.
Wind Chill Warning: A wind chill warning indicates that life-threatening conditions and a risk to safety exist. Measures should be taken to safeguard life and property immediately. A wind chill warning is typically issued when the wind chill will be -30 degrees Fahrenheit or colder OR the actual air temperature is -15°F.
- Classes will be cancelled.
- Extracurricular activities will be suspended.
- The announcement will be made by 6:30 a.m. at the latest. District 54 often waits until the morning to cancel school, because the weather in the Chicagoland area is constantly changing. We wait to make the decision with the hope that we can have children in school.
- All notification systems will be leveraged to send school cancellation communications to families including emails, our websites, social media and – for parents who have signed up for it – phone calls and text messaging.
- If you have not yet signed up to receive a phone call or a text message on a snow day, visit http://sd54.org/schoolcancellations for instructions.
Wind Chill Advisory: A wind chill advisory is issued when conditions do not meet the wind chill warning criteria but still cause significant inconvenience. The weather during a wind chill advisory is not life-threatening but presents conditions that may result in inconveniences or pose moderate risk to safety. A wind chill advisory is typically issued when the wind chill is -20 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.
- Schools will be open. However, students will not be penalized should parents choose to keep their children home.
- Extracurricular activities may be suspended if conditions persist. Updates will be posted on school websites and parents will receive an email if after-school activities are cancelled.
- All field trips will be cancelled.
- All outside activities will be suspended, including recess and outdoor physical education.
Nov. 16th – Math Night @ 6:00 PM
Nov. 24th – Report Cards go home
Nov. 25th – 27th – No School Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 30th – Dec. 11th – MAP testing
Have a wonderful weekend!
Nell Haack and Katie Kurtz
Principal Assistant Principal