Summit Hill District 161 kindergarten registration drive begins February 8

Summit Hill School District 161’s 2016-2017 Kindergarten registration drive is set for February 8 and February 9, 2016. Parents may access the Summit Hill website at to review the checklist of documents needed for registration. Parents may register their child at Dr. Julian Rogus School, 20027 South 88th Ave. in Frankfort between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both dates. Following completion of registration, students and parents may participate in a tour hosted by Rogus Kindergarten teachers.

Parents have the option of enrolling their kindergartener in the extended day program which is from 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. or the half-day program which runs from 8:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Registration fee for extended day is $150. Registration fee for half day is $125. Payment options are available. A $20 off registration fee incentive is available for those who complete their child’s registration on or before Feb. 26, 2016.

Parents will need to present an official birth certificate (with certification seal from the county). Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2016. If applicable, proof of legal custody would include presentation of a court order or decree for legal guardianship, proof of legal custody through public aid documents, or proof of foster care.

Upon completion of residency verification, parents will be given a username and password to access the online registration form. Parents can pay the registration fee online via credit/debit card. Yearly milk may be purchased as well. Payment plans are included in the registration form. For additional information, please call 815-469-9103. Bus transportation assignments will be available through PowerSchool in mid-August.

Should the need arise, school closing will be communicated in a variety of ways

It never seems soon enough to communicate our plan concerning inclement weather or a school building heating or power emergency. Parents have the ability to update contact information in their PowerSchool parent portal to select how they wish to receive emergency alerts (text, voice, or e-mail). We also post school closing information online at This online website also electronically sends the information to local radio stations (WGN 720 and WBBM 780) and to local television stations (Channels 2, 5, 7, 9 (WGN), 32 (FOX), and to CLTV) for reporting to the public.

This year we have added a "One Hour Delay" option in the event that school could begin safely after the roads are cleared and made serviceable. In the event that we utilize this option, school would begin exactly one hour later at all schools and bus pick-ups would also be scheduled for one hour later.

Emergency school closing general guidelines
• Among the resources considered in the event of a weather emergency is the wind chill chart from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
• During our review of current and forecasted conditions, if the air temperature reaches -10 degrees, we will strongly consider closing school.
• During our review of current and anticipated conditions, if a sustained wind chill of between -25 degrees and -30 degrees is forecast, we will strongly consider closing school.
• We will generally make a decision and communicate with parents around 5:30 a.m. A status update will be provided to parents the evening before.
• If schools are closed, all school-related activities are cancelled.

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