2 Chicago schools battle heat problems; 1 school closed today for maintenance

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Heat problems were reported at two Chicago schools - and one of them will be closed today as crews work to fix the problem.

Monday was the first day back to school for CPS students after the winter break and heating problems are being reported at two schools.

Due to heating issues, classes are canceled Tuesday at Intrinsic Charter School on the city's Northwest Side. One of three heating units malfunctioned in the school building.

Erica Hill has 3 sons attending Howe School of Excellence in Austin.

On a dangerously cold day, she says the heat was not working in several classrooms and a space heater was being used in one of those rooms.

"It was cold," said Hill's 11 year old son, Cordarryl. "It felt like we were outside."

A spokesperson for CPS was unaware of specific problems at Howe, but released this statement:

"CPS students have returned to classes today from Winter Break, and we have prepared a comprehensive winter weather plan this year to ensure safety for all students, teachers and staff during cold temperatures. The District's maintenance crews have been working over the past week to test all equipment and ensure heating systems are in working order."

On the first day back to school from its winter break, Chicago's Intrinsic Charter School  saw one of its three heaters go out Monday morning.

Many students had to wear hats and coats inside as they attended class, and then they were moved to warmer parts of the building.

School officials told WGN they thought the issue would be resolved quickly, but once they realized it was an electrical issue, the students were then moved to warmer pods.

No parents took their children home from Intrinsic. The heater was still out when school was let out Monday afternoon.

Intrinsic announced Monday evening school would be closed Tuesday.

Engineers will continue to monitor Howe's issues.

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