School Closings

School Cancellations
 
Regional Radio
WMAQ - 670 AM
WGN - 720 AM
WBBM - 780 AM
WLS - 890 AM
WIMS - 1420 AM
WEFM - 95.5 FM
WLJE - 105.5 FM
WZVN - 106.9 FM
 
Chicago TV
WBBM - 2
WMAQ - 5
WLS - 7
WGN - 9
WFLD - 32
 
                                
National Weather Service
 
Emergency Closing Center  
Cancellations.com
 
Portage Township Schools utilizes several ways to notify parents and guardians of school cancellations, delays, and early dismissals.
 
  • The district posts Cancellation Notices with regional radio and television stations, as well as on the linked web cancellation services indicated above.
  • School Messenger is an automated telephone dialing system which is used by the district to call each student's home with a pre-recorded school cancellation message.
    • The telephone number the automated system uses to call parents and guardians comes from the student's information record that was verified during the registration process.  It is very important that the information in each student's record is accurate and up-to-date.  Parents/guardians who have changed their phone number since registration should contact the student's school office to update this crucial contact information.

    • The automated system will attempt to reach a live person, but will leave a message on the phone's answering machine or voice-mail system if it is unable to reach someone.  The system will make up to seven separate attempts if a phone rings busy or is unavailable.

    • For school cancellations, the system begins calling at approximately 6:00 a.m. 
  • Whenever school is cancelled, a Pre-Recorded Greeting is activated on the district's main telephone number (219) 762-6511. Be aware that this number may be unavailable due to the high volume of calls experienced during such times.
 
When schools are closed, all extra-curricular activities will be cancelled.
 
The State of Indiana mandates that, in most situations, a cancelled school day must be made up during that same school calendar year. Portage Township Schools will inform parents as soon as possible whenever make-up days are mandated, scheduled, and added to the school calendar.