City, Chicago Public Schools brace for another day of cold, closures

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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.

CPS administrators say the frigid temperatures and wind chills are just too dangerous to send students to school.

“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.

The Shedd Aquarium and Museum of Science and Industry are offering free admission.

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  • garyW

    It must be an election year…..When I taught at the CPS for 35 years, the schools were closed MAYBE a total of 5 times within all 35 years! Maybe the parents just need to bundle up the little kiddies a bit more and stop treating them like crystal vases!

  • spruce

    What about the parents who can not afford lots of clothes to bundle their “crystal vases” with? What about these same “kiddies” who have to walk to school or ride public transportation? I guess they just have to wing it in wind chills that feel like a knife is cutting you when it hits?

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