• In an effort to improve communications between parents and school, District 117 has instituted a telephone broadcast system that enables school personnel to notify all households and parents by phone within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal, school cancellation or late start. This service is provided by SchoolMessenger, which specializes in school-to-parent communications. District 117 will continue to report school closings due to snow or weather on WGN radio and TV stations and will use this system as an overlay to the public announcement.

    When used, the service will simultaneously call all listed phone numbers in our parent contact list and will deliver a recorded message from a school administrator. The service will deliver the message to both live answer and answering machines. No answers and busy signals will be automatically retried twice in 15 minute intervals after the initial call.


    1. This requires NO registration by the parent on the SchoolReach website.
    2. To be included in this service, it is imperative that you let your school know any changes in your phone number.
    3. All information and contact numbers are strictly secure and confidential and are only used for the purposes described herein.

    School closings are announced on WGN - 720 AM radio. Cook County public schools are announced by DISTRICT NUMBER, not school name, so listen for "North Palos School District 117".

    You can also visit www.emergencyclosings.com
    Search by phone number: 708-598-5500

    Parents will be notified in the event of an emergency closing during school hours. In the event that students would be dismissed early due to an emergency, students should know where to go if parents are not home.