Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will resume classes on Friday, January 9. District officials made the determination after weather forecasts predicted less extreme, although still cold, temperatures for Friday.
“While temperatures are expected to remain cold, we are welcoming our students back to class on Friday,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “We urge all parents and families to make sure their children are prepared for the cold weather conditions, and CPS is following its winter weather plan to ensure all students and school personnel have a warm, comfortable and safe learning environment.”
School buildings will open 30 minutes early and Safe Passage workers will be out in full force. Additionally, personnel in the police and fire departments will be on alert and will be in close communication with CPS officials and other city agencies. Families in need of assistance or support are encouraged to call 311.
The District is working to make sure schools are prepared to host students and staff for classes as regularly scheduled. During recent weeks, the District's maintenance crews have tested equipment in every school in order to ensure heating systems are in working order. On Friday, custodial and engineering staff will arrive early to ensure buildings are warm.
CPS has snow removal plans in place, tailored to each school, which rely on custodians, engineers and contractors to clear sidewalks, walkways and parking lots.
School buses will operate at scheduled times, and bus drivers will arrive early to make sure buses are warm and ready to receive children when they begin their routes.
CPS is preparing to serve breakfast to more than 150,000 students and 250,000 lunches tomorrow.
Chicago Public Schools serves 396,000 students in 664 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.