CHICAGO—Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is cancelling classes for Wednesday, January 7 due to a forecast of extremely cold temperatures and winds, and the dangers this weather presents to children traveling to and from schools.
“The safety and well-being of our students comes first,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “The frigid temperatures and winds make a dangerous combination, and it is in the best interest of our students to cancel classes.”
While classes are cancelled, CPS buildings will remain open and accept students who still arrive at schools. CPS administrative staff, building engineers and custodians will report to work tomorrow.
The District is notifying 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 are also 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, and families are encouraged to 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 on Wednesday will make a determination regarding classes on Thursday.
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.