In order to keep our students and staff safe, it is necessary that District 129 conduct background checks for visitors wishing to access our school buildings. As such, all visitors are required to stop at the main entrance and provide a valid state ID or driver’s license for a Raptor background screen which will cross-check our visitors’ identity against various state and national criminal registries. Visitors will be provided with a badge to indicate to staff and students that they have been cleared to enter the building.
If a building administrator indicates that you require building access on a more frequent basis, you will be asked to complete an online application. Your building administrator will provide direction with regard to this process. In this instance, you may be required to be fingerprinted at the District Office. This process provides District 129 with a check of Illinois State as well as FBI criminal records. In addition, District staff will cross-check various state and national law enforcement registries. Upon completion, volunteers will be issued an ID badge by school staff.
These procedures help us fulfill our ongoing commitment to school safety. Thank you for supporting our efforts to keep our students and staff safe.
There are visitor parking at the front of the building by the main entrance and by door 22.
There may be times when the inclement weather may cause the district to close school, delay start times, or dismiss early. In the event of one of these weather related schedule changes, we will make every effort to communicate our decision in a timely manner so that our families, staff, and students can prepare. Below are the details on the procedures when making decisions regarding inclement weather or schedule changes.
Decisions on weather related schedule changes are made after careful consideration. The district consults with the following internal departments and external partners in the community.
City of Aurora (Road Conditions)
West Aurora Transportation Department (busing safety)
District 129 Operations Department (snow removal)
National Weather Service (weather updates)
Surrounding school Districts (information sharing)
The decision process begins the evening prior or early in the morning around 4:00 a.m. When conditions threaten the safety of the children and District 129 staff who are walking, driving, or riding buses to school, District 129 will make a decision for one of the following schedule changes:
- Close school for the day
- Late start day
- Dismiss early for the school day
As soon as the decision is made we will share the information through multiple channels of communication.
- Voice blast
- Email blast
- Message on the district website, www.sd129.org
- Message on the District 129 Facebook and Twitter pages
- School closings will be shared with local Chicago news stations and radio stations.
We will make every effort to make a decision by 5:00 a.m. and communicate our decision by 5:30 am. There may be some occasions when it will not be possible to make these times frames as the weather can change unexpectedly. There also may be times when the district will be able to make decisions the day before so that parents, staff members, and students know what will happen the following day. In any event, we will make our best effort to communicate in a timely manner.
West Aurora High
1201 West New York St
Aurora, IL 60506
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