January 27, 2014
CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools will be closed for a second day Tuesday due to the extreme cold temperatures and high winds that remain in the area. District officials continue to monitor the weather conditions, but Tuesday's expected continuation of subzero temperatures and high winds will make it dangerous for children and families getting to and from school.
"We will continue to put the safety of our students and families first," said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. "This historic stretch of dangerously cold weather has forced the District to remain closed until we are confident that students can return to school safely."
Tuesday's forecast calls for a continuation of subzero temperatures and sustained high winds. The National Weather Service predicts subzero air temperatures and wind-chill readings that could reach -30 degrees at the time students would be returning to school.
CPS will continue to monitor weather conditions and make a determination by noon Tuesday about whether to resume classes as scheduled on Wednesday. Wednesday's forecast calls for warmer temperatures and little wind.
CPS' management team is working in collaboration with other city departments to ensure that schools are prepared for students and staff once it's safe for them to return. Being outside in arctic temperatures with an extremely low wind-chill factor can be dangerous for even a short time.
The District has begun the process to notify parents of the continued closure through all of its regular communication channels via robo-calls, emails, and through media outlets. Parents can also call (773) 553-1000 or visit the CPS website for more information. All after-school and sporting activities remain closed Tuesday.
For families seeking alternative youth programs and services, all Chicago Park District facilities will be open during normal operating hours. These times vary, please check hours for specific parks on the Park District website or by calling the specific park.
Tuesday's cancellation marks the fourth time CPS has been forced to close schools this month, which already ranks among the coldest and snowiest Januarys on record. Through Monday morning, Chicago had recorded more than 33 inches of snow for the month, marking the third snowiest on record. December and January have recorded 14 days below zero. This is on pace to break the mark of 17 set during the 1993-94 winter, one of the coldest in the city's history.
Chicago Public Schools serves 400,000 students. It is the nation's third-largest school district.