February 3, 2011
Chicago Public Schools will reopen on Friday, February 4, 2011, with bus service being suspended until the following Monday, Interim Chief Executive Officer Terry Mazany announced today.
Mazany cited safety risks associated with transporting and transferring students from bus to school, particularly those buses that are equipped with special lifting equipment.
Bus service will be suspended to CPS schools until next week when side streets and other critical access paths are cleared, Mazany said. Approximately 5 percent of the District’s 410,000 students are provided with bus transportation, about half of them special needs students.
With the reopening of schools, all CPS staff – principals, teachers, school-based, citywide and Central Office – are expected to report to work.
“Schools are vital anchors in their communities and we need our teachers and support staff to be at school so that our students can be in the classroom learning,” said Mazany, who spent a portion of this morning at the Office of Emergency Management and Communications and earlier, reviewing conditions around a number of schools.
Cancelled programs for tomorrow are:
- After-school, extended day, additional learning opportunities, credit recovery as well as CPS Saturday programs
- CPS interscholastic sports
- Third-shift preschool programs
- Driver’s education
Any questions about specific programs or activities should be directed to local schools or the appropriate Central Office department at (773) 553-1000. Additional information will be posted on www.cps.edu as it becomes available.
Mazany also stressed the importance of maintaining continuity in learning. To this end, the District has provided learning tools for families to use at home. He stressed that every day is vital in the education of students, and the District encourages families to involve their students in educational activities at home to promote continued learning.
The age- and grade-specific tools are available on-line at www.cps.edu at the Snow Center Information, and the CPS Office of Teaching and Learning web site.
The District continues to monitor the storm’s aftermath and cleanup efforts. We urge school communities, parents and students to continue to monitor any further announcements on television, radio and the CPS web site.
Chicago Public Schools serves 409,279 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.