DeKalb County school, building closures due to weather for January 9

Area public school districts opt for snow days, e-learning as winter weather hits; businesses follow suit

A train makes its way through the snow as it approaches the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Fourth Street Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in DeKalb. Snow is expected to continue throughout the day with 7 to 10 inches of snow expected.

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DeKALB – With significant snowfall expected all day Tuesday, DeKalb County area school districts and other public buildings and businesses are taking precautions to ensure everyone’s safety.

DeKalb County school officials said they’ll continue to monitor weather patterns ahead of Wednesday.

Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University announced it will go to virtual operations for all of Tuesday. For more information and to keep apprised of weather-related updates at the university, visit

DeKalb District 428

In DeKalb School District 428, students are expected to participate in an e-learning day on Tuesday, according to a Monday announcement on the district’s first day back after winter break.

Rita Elliott, the district’s communications manager, said the district believes it made the right call.

“This is our first e-learning day, as defined in our e-learning guidance for families, since returning to classrooms full-time following the pandemic,” Elliott said. “It is not the same as the remote learning that took place during the pandemic, but it does allow us to implement an asynchronous e-learning protocol for emergency days while ensuring the safety of our students and staff due to weather, like what we are expecting in the next 24 hours. This helps keep students learning and engaged as we start this semester.”

All DeKalb schools and district buildings will remain closed throughout the day. Students are advised to access their coursework using their Chromebook provided by the district.

Students will receive instruction from their teachers, in accordance with e-learning guidance set forth by the district, according to the district.

Lessons may be pushed out through Google Classroom, Canvas platforms for grades 2-12 or communicated by teachers, according to the district. Students in Pre-K through Grade 1 are expected receive learning packets or activities.

DeKalb schools also canceled after-school activities Monday evening. According to its website, the district has canceled sporting competitions, including those held home and away.

Genoa-Kingston District 424

In Genoa-Kingston School District 424, all students will have a snow day on Tuesday as school officials have canceled classes for the day, according to a district announcement.

That means all students will make up the time missed on Feb. 19.

Hiawatha School District 426

School and after-school activities for Tuesday at Hiawatha District 426 in Kirkland have been canceled due to inclement weather, according to a Monday night announcement.

Hinckley Big-Rock School District 429

Students in Hinckley-Big Rock School District will have an e-learning day Tuesday instead of in person due to weather, according to a Facebook post on the district’s official social media page.

Families are instructed to look at their emails for further correspondence.

Indian Creek School District 425

Indian Creek students will have an e-learning day Tuesday, according to an announcement by Superintendent Chad Willis.

Kaneland School District 302

Kaneland students will have an e-learning day Tuesday, according to a social media announcement.

Sandwich School District 430

Sandwich schools are canceled Tuesday, as are after-school activities due to weather, according to a Facebook post on the district’s official social media page by Superintendent Thomas Sodaro.

Classes are expected to resume Wednesday. Further updates will be posted online, according to the Sodaro’s message.

Somonauk School District 432

Somonauk schools will be closed Tuesday, according to a social media post on the district’s Facebook page.

Sycamore School District 427

Sycamore schools announced Tuesday cancellations due to weather, according to a Monday evening alert.

All district buildings and schools in Sycamore will be closed Tuesday.

Other Tuesday closures

  • DeKalb County government offices to close at noon Tuesday
  • DeKalb County Courthouse to close at noon Tuesday
  • DeKalb Public Library
  • Sycamore Public Library
  • Family Service Agency of DeKalb County
  • Energym Gymnastics, 1715 DeKalb Avenue Suite 105 in Sycamore and 407 Sycamore Road in Genoa, announced all recreational classes Tuesday afternoon and evening are canceled at both locations. That includes:  Kittens, Kubs, Kats, Super Kats, Mighty Kats, Kindergym, Adv. Kindergym, Levels 1, 2, 3 Gymnastics, Tumbling and all Ninja Zone classes.
  • Meals on Wheels through the Voluntary Action Center. The following is canceled for Tuesday, according to a news release:
    • Meals on Wheels (meals will not be delivered out of the Sycamore/DeKalb or the Sandwich kitchen)
    • Sandwich Senior Lunch
    • Sandwich Men’s Breakfast
    • Taylor Street Plaza Senior Lunch

This story will be updated.

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