CHICAGO—Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is cancelling classes on Monday, February 2, due to a slow-moving blizzard and lake effect snow that continues to impact Chicago and presents a danger to children traveling to and from schools.
“The National Weather Service updated its forecast early Sunday evening to indicate the city could receive up to an additional five inches of snow by midnight, in addition to the 14 inches of snow already received,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “This level of snowfall will present many challenges for our children. Out of an abundance of caution, and so parents have time to prepare, we are cancelling classes for Monday. The safety and well-being of our students always comes first.”
While classes are cancelled, CPS buildings will remain open and accept students who still arrive at schools. CPS teachers and educational support personnel are not expected at schools tomorrow, but CPS administrative staff, building engineers and custodians will report to work.
The District started to notify parents of the closure through its regular communication channels via robocalls, 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 have also been cancelled.
For families seeking alternative youth programs and services, the Chicago Public Library and all Chicago Park District facilities will be open during their normal operating hours. These times vary, please check hours on their respective websites or by calling the specific library or park.
CPS continues to monitor the weather forecast for the rest of the week and anticipates classes resuming on Tuesday.
During winter break, the District's maintenance crews tested equipment in every school in order to ensure heating systems are in working order. There are also snow removal plans in place, tailored to each school, which rely on custodians, engineers and contractors to clear sidewalks, walkways and parking lots.
Chicago Public Schools serves 396,000 students in 664 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.