Chicago Public Schools (CPS) classes will remain cancelled on Thursday due to extreme temperatures and winds in the area, which could present hazardous conditions for children traveling to and from school.
“Our top priority remains the safety of our students, and tomorrow’s weather conditions could again be dangerous to students traveling to and from school,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “It is in the best interest of our students to cancel classestomorrow, and we look forward to welcoming back all of our students once weather conditions improve.”
While classes will remain cancelled, CPS buildings will remain open and accept students who arrive at schools. CPS teachers and educational support personnel are not expected at schools tomorrow, but CPS administrative staff, building engineers and custodians will report to work.
The District is notifying parents of tomorrow’s class cancellation through its regular communication channels via robocalls, emails and through media outlets. Parents can also call (773) 553-1000 or visit the CPS website for more information. All after-school and sporting activities scheduled for Thursday will be cancelled.
For families seeking alternative youth programs and services, the Chicago Public Library and all Chicago Park District facilities will once again be open during their normal operating hours. These times vary, and families are encouraged to check hours on their respective websites or by calling the specific library or park.
CPS will continue to monitor weather forecasts, but based on preliminary indications, CPS expects to be open for classes on Friday.
During winter break, the District's maintenance crews tested equipment in every school in order to ensure heating systems are in working order. There are also snow removal plans in place, tailored to each school, which rely on custodians, engineers and contractors to clear sidewalks, walkways and parking lots.
Chicago Public Schools serves 396,000 students in 664 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.