D53 Transitions to Remote Learning on Thursday, February 17, 2022 due to Forecasted Weather Conditions

D53 Transitions to Remote Learning on Thursday, February 17, 2022 due to Forecasted Weather Conditions

Dear Butler D53 Families and Staff,

Due to the current Winter Weather Advisory for our immediate area and the Winter Storm Warning issued for a number of nearby areas from which a large portion of our staff commute, all of our school buildings will be closed on Thursday, February 17, 2022. All teaching and learning will take place remotely.

Hazardous road conditions are expected and precautionary action is advised. The National Weather Service forecasts a period of wet snow, freezing rain, and sleet overnight along with high winds throughout portions of the day tomorrow impacting both the morning and afternoon commute. Forecasts are not perfect, but they do give us good reason to take action and shift to a remote setting which works to prevent unsafe travel to and from school as hazardous weather events pass through our community.

Thursday, February 17th was a scheduled early dismissal day for the students due to parent/teacher conferences. The start and end times of learning remain the same and consistent with the scheduled early dismissal. Learning links will be sent by your child’s teacher.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Brook Forest Elementary conferences that are scheduled for this evening, Wednesday February 16 will remain unchanged. For both Brook Forest and Butler Junior High, if you had a parent/teacher conference scheduled on Thursday, February 17 you will be receiving an email from the school/teacher in regards to your appointment and a virtual link.

As a reminder, D53 works closely with our neighboring districts. While the buildings will be closed, we will continue to make sure that impactful learning still continues for all of our learners while keeping staff and students safe. This has been and continues to be our priority. 

If you have any questions, please contact your building principal. We look forward to seeing everyone back in our buildings on Tuesday, February 22nd. Enjoy the long holiday weekend.

Stay safe,

Dr. Paul O’Malley
Superintendent of Schools