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Inclement Weather Notification


Indiana winters are unpredictable. Have a plan for your child’s care in case of a school delay or a school closing.


The South Bend Empowerment Zone works diligently to ensure that decisions regarding school closings and delays are made conscientiously and in a timely manner. We will make every effort to notify families as soon as possible. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

Service building staff begin the snow removal process at 1 a.m. when there are over two inches of snow on the ground. Between 2 and 4 a.m. transportation staff perform road checks and ensure that school parking lots are or can be cleared in time for school. South Bend Empowerment Zone works closely with South Bend Community School Corporation, the South Bend Police Department, the St. Joseph County Police Department, Indiana State Police, and the city and county road crews. The Empowerment Zone also monitors local weather channels and radar, and consults with other area school districts when considering delaying or closing schools. 


If it is determined that school will need to be delayed or closed, the notification process will begin around 5 a.m.


How will I be notified if there is a delay or cancelation? 

In the event that schools are closed due to severe weather, we will communicate the cancelations via:

  • Automatic phone dialers – Make sure your phone number is updated with your school office.

  • Local TV news and media.

What happens if school is canceled?

  • Schools are closed with no in-person classes. Elementary and middle school after-school activities and evening events are canceled.

  • When the school closing is announced, you will also find out if it will be an eLearning Day. That information will be part of the cancelation announcement.

What happens if there is a two-hour delay?

  • All elementary schools and Navarre Middle School will start two hours later than the regular schedule and will end at the regular dismissal time. All Empowerment Zone buses will make stops two hours later than the regularly scheduled time. For example, if your normal bus pick-up time is 6:45 a.m., the delayed pick-up time will be 8:45 a.m.​

  • There will be no morning Pre-K sessions. Afternoon Pre-K sessions will proceed as normal. 

eLearning Expectations

In the event that students are asked to have an eLearning day, students are expected to:

  • Log into Seesaw (elementary)/Google Classroom (Navarre) daily.

  • Access reliable internet safely. (If you do not have access to the internet, please contact your school.)

  • Communicate with teachers by email, Seesaw/Google Classroom, or other established means of communication. 

  • Complete all assignments to the best of your ability. (Assignments are due five calendar days after they have been posted.)

  • Participate in digital learning according to the SBCSC Code of Conduct.


*Please note attendance is observed by completion of assignments 

Logging Into Your Chromebook

For information on how to log into your Chromebook, view this video (Spanish version) or visit this website.

Student Username and Password Information

Your username is your first name + ID (call or email your school for your student ID).


Your password is your first name + date of birth in this format MMDDYYYY.


The first name is all lowercase in both the username and password.



John Smith ID: 56789 Date of birth: March 8, 2010


Username: john56789
Password: john03082010

Elementary School eLearning guidance

All elementary eLearning assignments will be posted to Seesaw. To access Seesaw: 

  1. Go to or open the Seesaw Class app (available for free in the App Store).

  2. Select I’m a Student.

  3. Select Log in with Clever Badges or Seesaw for Schools Clever Sign In.

    • To log in with Clever Badges

      1. Select Log in with Clever Badges

      2. Allow Clever to access your camera

      3. Then, scan your Clever badge.

      4. Select the Seesaw icon on your Clever portal.

    • To log in with your school email and password:

      1. Enter the name of your school.

      2. Select Log in with Google.

      3. Enter your school email and password.

*Please note: Students cannot access their Seesaw accounts through the Seesaw Family app.

Navarre eLearning Guidance

All Navarre eLearning assignments will be posted to Google Classroom. To access Google Classroom:

1. Visit

2. Log in with your school email address and password.

3. Check each assigned classroom for assignments. 

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