Chicago Public Schools has announced that students in the city will get the day off tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 2, due to hazardous weather conditions. That’s not as true for CPS employees. Administrative and custodial staff members will be in the buildings to welcome students who still must come in.
CPS made the decision Sunday in the wake of forecasts calling for more snow.
“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,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement released Sunday.
“This level of snowfall will present many challenges for our children,” she said. “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.”
“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,” according to the CPS statement.
“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,” the statement reads.
“CPS continues to monitor the weather forecast for the rest of the week and anticipates classes resuming on Tuesday,” it continues.
“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.”