Chicago -- Chicago Public Schools has announced it will not hold classes Thursday as the area continues to experience extreme wind and cold.
“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 in a statement Thursday. “It is in the best interest of our students to cancel classes tomorrow, and we look forward to welcoming back all of our students once weather conditions improve.”
The arctic weather previously forced the cancellation of classes for all Chicago Public Schools and more than a hundred school districts in the suburbs Wednesday.
“The safety and well-being of our students comes first,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said, according to a statement Tuesday. “The frigid temperatures and winds make a dangerous combination, and it is in the best interest of our students to cancel classes.”
Buildings will be open and administrative staff will be working today in case students do show up.
For parents who cannot stay home with their kids, some YMCA's are offering special programs to keep them busy.
Also, the Chicago Park District facilities will be open during normal hours today - some even offering cold day camp activities.