February 1, 2011
Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the safety of students and school-based staff, Chicago Public Schools Interim Chief Executive Officer Terry Mazany has ordered all CPS schools closed on Wednesday February 2, 2011.
The decision was made based on projections of continued heavy snowfall throughout Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.
“We have said that safety would guide this decision and we are anticipating severe and dangerous weather conditions that would be harmful to students, their commute and their routine school day. We cannot risk or compromise their safety,” Mazany said.
All school-related programs and scheduled after-school activities are also suspended on Wednesday.
Principals, assistant principals, lunchroom managers, engineers (including roving crews), custodians and security personnel must report to their schools. Teachers, paraprofessionals and other staff will be directed not to report for work. Central and Area Offices will remain open and administrative staff at those offices shall report to work.
Information about this decision is being distributed to media and posted on the District’s web site, www.cps.edu
The District will continue to monitor the storm and its aftermath, and any additional information will be similarly disseminated once those decisions are made.
We urge school communities, parents and students to continue to monitor these 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.