Are Chicago Public Schools closed tomorrow? Here’s the latest – NBC Chicago
Update: CPS announced it will cancel classes for Tuesday, along with all after-school programs. Broken update here. The full list of school closures is here.
A number of schools across the Chicago area have already announced closures Tuesday as dangerously cold temperatures sweep across the region, but what about Chicago Public Schools?
While the majority of public schools already had Monday off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, others were forced to cancel classes or switch to e-learning due to the extreme cold.
With a wind chill warning in effect through Tuesday afternoon, and wind chill temperatures dropping to minus 35 degrees through midweek, some schools also announced closures Tuesday.
- You can find the full list of cancellations here.
In a memo to parents Sunday, Chicago Public Schools said the decision had not yet been made Tuesday, but an announcement would come sometime Monday. However, the district canceled and rescheduled all Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, which were scheduled to be held inside school buildings since classes were not already being held during the holiday.
“We have not yet made a decision on whether schools will open on Tuesday, January 16, but we are monitoring the weather closely and continuing to work with our city partners, including OEMC,” the district said in a statement. “CPS will reach out to staff and families as soon as possible on Monday regarding classes being held on Tuesday.”
The district said it plans to monitor the weather 24 hours a day starting Sunday to “make a final determination” about Tuesday, but urged parents to prepare for additional closures.
“If forecasts continue to show current weather conditions continuing into Tuesday, with wind chills continuing to fall below minus 20 degrees, CPS will cancel classes,” the district noted. “We encourage families and staff to be prepared in case severe weather forces us to cancel classes on Tuesday.”
A wind chill warning remains in effect for much of the Chicago area through Tuesday afternoon, with some locations seeing wind chills drop to 40 degrees below zero. The wind chill warning will continue after that until Wednesday morning.
For those who live outside in the cold, wind chills can be dangerous, causing frostbite in as little as 10 to 30 minutes on exposed skin.
“Canceling classes is always a last resort, as families depend on CPS not only for education, but also for meals, warmth, safety and other necessities,” the CPS statement said. “We also know that canceling classes can cause hardship for parents and guardians. Any decision to cancel classes will focus on the safety and well-being of our students and staff.”
The district noted that it considers the following when determining whether and when to cancel classes:
- Air temperature and cold wind
- The amount of snow and ice on the ground
- The ability of students and staff to get to school and work safely
- Accessibility to buildings and roads
- Ability to transport students safely on buses
- Possible problems with heating systems or power outages
But even if classes are cancelled, the district aims to provide places for students and staff to keep warm.
“We are working hard to ensure that IF classes are held on Tuesday and we can provide students and staff with warm, safe and dry buildings,” the district said. “We are also working closely with our transportation suppliers to ensure bus service runs smoothly for students if IF classes are held on Tuesdays.”
(tags for translation) Weather in Chicago