January 5, 2014
CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will be closed on Monday, January 6 due to the extreme cold temperatures and high winds that have been forecasted. District officials have been monitoring the expected weather and it will be dangerously cold for children to be going to and from school in the forecasted subzero temperatures and high winds.
“The safety and well-being of our students is paramount,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “Given, the dangerously cold temperatures and high-winds, it is in the best interest of our students for schools to be closed on Monday.”
After the CPS management team carefully evaluated the situation again today with city departments, it determined that cancelling classes was in the best interest of students. Being outside in arctic temperatures with an extremely low wind chill factor can be dangerous even for a short time. In addition, the expected high winds combined with an additional 10 inches or more of snow that has fallen in the last 24 hours has caused a further deterioration of conditions.
The District has begun to notify parents of the closure through its regular communication channels via robocalls, emails, and through media outlets. Parents can also call (773) 553-3100 or visit the CPS website for more information. All after-school and sporting activities have also been cancelled.
Building engineers and CPS exempt staff will be reporting to work tomorrow.
For families seeking alternative youth programs and services, all Chicago Park District facilities will be open during their normal operating hours. These times vary, please check hours for specific parks on the Park District website or by calling the specific park.
Classes will likely resume on Tuesday as normal, but CPS will continue to monitor the situation and will make that determination on Monday.
Chicago Public Schools serves 400,000 students. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.