Will Illinois schools be closed tomorrow? How to Verify Your School – NBC Chicago
Editor’s Note: The complete list of school closures in Illinois for Wednesday, January 17 can be found here.
Hundreds of Illinois schools have seen complete closures or switched to online learning over the past few days, including Chicago Public Schools, amid heavy snow, frigid temperatures and winds as low as -35 degrees.
In a letter to families Monday afternoon, CPS moved to cancel classes Tuesday, calling weather conditions in Chicago “unsafe” for students and teachers.
“We have carefully monitored the forecast over the past 24 hours and have determined that given the extremely cold temperatures expected tomorrow, and a wind chill warning from the National Weather Service that wind chills could reach -30 degrees, the weather will be unsafe for us.” “Staff and students travel to school,” the letter read in part. “Therefore, we are canceling all classes on Tuesday, January 16.”
Dozens of schools across the state were also closed Tuesday due to the cold, as were several government offices and businesses, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Northbrook Village Hall.
Wind chill advisories and advisories were in effect for the entire Chicago area Tuesday, with temperatures hovering around 0 degrees and wind chills expected to range between -25 and -35 degrees for most of the day, the National Weather Service said.
The warnings are set to end at 12 noon on Tuesday, and the warnings are expected to remain in place until Wednesday morning, the Met Office said.
“Cold wind chills can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes,” the National Weather Service warned.
Wednesday, temperatures are expected to improve slightly, with highs in the teens as the week continues.
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“It’s still cold, but not as harsh as Wednesday afternoon,” NBC 5 Meteorologist Alicia Roman said.
According to an NWS advisory, bitter cold wind chill values are expected to continue through Wednesday morning, though temperatures are expected to remain in the teens as the week goes on.
Additionally, the weather service said some accumulating snow could move into the area Wednesday afternoon and evening, and again late Thursday into Friday.
Most schools in the district have not yet released their plans Tuesday. However, CPS shared the following weather-related closure guidelines:
“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,” CPS said, adding that wind chills as low as -20 degrees prompted the district to cancel school. Tuesday.
“We also know that canceling classes can cause difficulties for parents and guardians,” the letter read. “Any decision to cancel classes will focus on the safety and well-being of our students and staff.”
According to CPS, officials are taking the following factors into consideration when it comes to school closures:
- 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
If or when Illinois schools announce weather-related closures for Wednesday, they will be posted here.
(tags for translation) Weather in Chicago