Delayed Start

RE: School Closure and “Delayed Start” Options

Dear Parents or Guardians,

On rare occasions, Evanston receives an exceptionally heavy nighttime snow. If the storm continues into the morning, hazardous road conditions interfere with the safe arrival of students and staff. If such conditions exist, we will declare a “Delayed Start” snow day
rather than closing school for a full day. If a “Delayed Start” day is announced, all school starting times and bus schedules would
be moved back exactly two hours. For example, if your bus pickup is at 7:30 a.m., the bus will arrive at the pickup location at 9:30 a.m. Starting times for the schools on a “Delayed Start” schedule are listed below. Dismissal times for schools would not change.

UCSD #1 will use a calling system. Once school officials make a decision about a school closure or a delayed start, the system will notify all parents and guardians through the emergency phone numbers provided by parents at the beginning of the school year. For this reason, it is very important that parents and guardians keep the district updated with their latest phone numbers and emergency contact information. School district officials will try to make a decision regarding closure no later than 6:00a.m. at which time the system would notify all parents and guardians of a closure or delayed start. Also, the district’s web site and local radio stations will be notified immediately of the closure or a delayed start. Please be aware that not all of the local radio stations are “live” at 6:00 a.m. On severe weather mornings, no announcement from UCSD #1 means that schools will be open and following normal schedules.

Every effort is made to keep schools open and operating safely; however, UCSD #1 has no control of the weather or road conditions. A delayed start gives us a way to keep students in school while navigating the severe weather.


Mrs. Kimber L. Fessler

“Delayed Start”

School Starting and Ending times:

Evanston High 10:10 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Davis Middle & Evanston Middle 9:50 a.m. – 2:54 p.m.

Elementary Schools 11:05 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.