Extreme cold caused CPS schools to close for two days

Extremely cold temperatures caused CPS schools to close down on Jan. 6 and 7. District officials feared that the dangerous cold might harm the children who had to go to school in the subzero temperatures and high winds.

“The safety and well-being of our students is paramount,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “Given the dangerously cold temperatures and high-winds, it is in the best interest of our students for schools to be closed on Monday.”

Even though the district expected to close the schools initially solely on Monday, the dangerous cold crept into Tuesday as well, which led to another day off for the CPS students and staff. All after-school and sporting activities were also cancelled.

“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,” said Byrd-Bennett.

After the CPS management team carefully evaluated the situation with city departments, it determined that cancelling classes was in the best interest of students because being outside in arctic temperatures with an extremely low wind chill factor can be dangerous to their well-being.

CPS students resumed classes on Wednesday after officials continued to monitor the weather conditions, making sure it was safe for students and staff to return.
District officials are working to identify school make-up days that will be most beneficial to students and that will be least disruptive to the benchmarks of their second semester. CPS will conduct outreach to parents and guardians as soon as a decision is made.
For more information, visit: www.cps.edu.

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