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Weather Policy

Cancelling Classes/Closing the Building

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School values student safety, instructional time and our commitment to our corporate partners.  Our severe weather procedures aim to minimize the loss of instructional time and work commitments while being mindful of student and employee safety.


In general, Cristo Rey Jesuit will remain open, even in severe weather. We know when snow or extreme cold conditions warrant closing of schools it is an inconvenience to families, so we do our best to declare them only when necessary, when they pose a safety risk to students and staff.


An Informed Decision

The decision to cancel classes or close school is determined only after the President, Principal and Corporate Work Study Director have consulted various authorities, including the National Weather Service and our transportation companies.

After reviewing all information available, the President makes a decision no later than 5:00 a.m. so that it may be communicated by 5:30 a.m. Notification to families and staff is made ONLY if classes are canceled or the school is closed.

The primary criteria we consider when making a decision include:

  • The safety and well-being of students and staff
  • Severity of the weather (snow, extreme cold, etc.)
  • Timing of weather (overnight, weekend, during arrival and dismissal time, etc.)
  • The ability for buses to travel safely and timely on their routes.
  • Temperatures and wind chill are more predictable than precipitation.
  • The school defines extremely cold temperatures to be -26 degrees and below or wind chills of -35 or below.


After-school and Evening Activities

The President, in consultation with the Activities Director, may decide to cancel or reopen after-school and/or evening activities on the basis of current or predicted weather conditions. A decision to cancel an after-school program or activity must be made 30 minutes prior to dismissal.



School closures are communicated via phone and email through the school’s family notification system, and posted to the school website and social media. Broadcast media - TV and radio - are also notified. Parents and students are cautioned to be aware of hoaxes, imitations or impersonations.

Student Absences

On a day where school is in session, a parent or legal guardian may determine that the conditions are unsafe for their student. The student will be marked absent and all academic and/or work responsibilities need to be made up.