Extreme Cold and High Winds Force Closure of Schools for a Second Day



January 6, 2014


CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools will remain closed Tuesday due to the extreme cold temperatures and high winds that remain in the area. District officials continue to monitor the weather conditions, but Tuesday's continuation of subzero temperatures and high winds will make it dangerous for children and families getting to and from school.


"At Chicago Public Schools, the safety and security of Chicago's children is our number one priority," said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. "The decision to close schools is never easy. However, based on the severity of the weather we are expecting Tuesday, I am confident that this decision is in the best interest of CPS students."


CPS' management team continues to work in collaboration with other city departments to ensure that schools are prepared for students and staff once it's safe for them to return.


The District has begun the process to notify parents of the continued closure through all of its regular communication channels via robo-calls, 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 remain closed Tuesday.


For families seeking alternative youth programs and services, all Chicago Park District facilities will be open during 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 Wednesday as temperatures are expected to increase, but CPS will continue to monitor the situation Tuesday and will make an announcement at that time.


Chicago Public Schools serves 400,000 students. It is the nation's third-largest school district.


Page Last Modified on Wednesday, January 15, 2014