CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools said school will be held Thursday despite a frigid forecast, and officials are “closely monitoring the weather.”
“Our highest priority is the safety of students and staff, and we are closely monitoring the weather to help ensure that holding class is in the best interest of students,” CPS spokesman Michael Passman said in a statement late Wednesday. “Based on the current forecast, school will be in session tomorrow, and multiple CPS departments are working to ensure schools are prepared for a safe and successful school day.”
Passman added in the statement that:
• “School engineers will ensure their heating systems are running properly first thing tomorrow so that buildings are comfortable in time for the arrival of students and staff.”
• “Buses will be started early to ensure they are at a comfortable temperature for students and staff.
• “Normal safety and security resources, including Safe Passage, will be in operation.”
The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for Chicago on Wednesday that ends at 10 a.m. Thursday. Wind chills are expected to be between 15 to 30 below zero into Thursday, officials said.
“A wind chill advisory means that cold air strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. “This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves.”