Shortened School Day 8/24/23

Established 1948

Good Evening Central 301 Families and Staff,

We are reaching out to notify you that tomorrow, Thursday, August 24, 2023, Central 301 will be shortening the school day due to the excessive heat that has been forecasted.

Our goal is to always ensure a safe environment for our students and staff. Based on the feedback we received today, we believe conditions for drivers and students on our bus routes were extremely challenging this afternoon. With the distance of our bus routes across our district, we have drivers and students on the buses for extended periods of time without air conditioning. With tomorrow’s conditions expected to be worse than today’s, we don’t believe this is safe for everyone involved.

Tomorrow morning’s pick-up schedule will remain the same. Early release times for each grade band will be as follows:

Middle/High Schools: 10:00 AM dismissal
Elementary Schools: 11:00 AM dismissal
Early Childhood Classes: Classes are CANCELED

Due to the shortened school day, lunches will not be served.

Students who attend schools outside of our District through either the Mid-Valley Cooperative or private therapeutic day programs will follow their normal schedule and be in school the full day since these buses are air conditioned. Central 301 students participating in Mid-Valley programs within the District will be dismissed according to the schedule above. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mike Potsic, Director of Student Support Services, at

Central 301 students participating in programs within District U-46 and D300 will NOT participate in the regional pathway programs tomorrow. Likewise, U-46 and D300 students participating in Central 301’s programs will NOT attend Central’s veterinary program tomorrow.

All Central 301 staff are expected to work their regularly scheduled hours.

Please note that temperatures are being monitored for athletics and activities and you should continue to be on the lookout for communication from the coaches of your student-athletes.

We fully anticipate resuming our normal schedule on Friday, August 25. We appreciate your understanding of this difficult situation and apologize for any disruption this may cause.