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Chicago Public Schools Closed for a Second Day

CPS, Chicago School closings, school closings Chicago, cps.edu, fox news Chicago. Hundreds of Chicago area schools will remain closed Thursday of the second day in a row, as pens freezing arctic snow-fought region. The decision was made based on projections of continued heavy snowfall throughout Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, CPS said in a statement.

From Chicago in Gurnee and Naperville, the director of schools canceled classes because they are cited impassable roads, parking lots of schools are covered in snow and dangerously cold weather.

The temperature is expected to fall to 15 degrees below zero during the night with a wind chill of 25 or 35 degrees below zero, prompting the National Weather Service to issue wind chill watch through Thursday morning.

Officials of the Archbishop of Chicago and urged its 256 schools throughout Cook and Lake County to remain closed for a second day.

Several school districts are planning to resume classes starting later on Thursday. In the southern suburbs, for example, Lincoln-Way High School District 210 students and warned parents that buses will run 90 minutes later.

Chicago Public Schools canceled classes for the second day, an unusual step because of the massive drifts of snow, heavy travel conditions, and several power outages. Snow day is marked only the second time in 12 years, city officials canceled school CPS, Chicago School closings, school closings Chicago, cps.edu, fox news Chicago.

City schools closed in the last two days, during the Blizzard of 1999, January 4 and 5 of that year. Once classes resumed, school buses still were not able to reach students, forcing many parents to drive or walk their children to their children in classrooms, creating chaos in their schedules in the morning. In some cases, parents were told to abandon their children in the nearest neighborhood school, if they can not get them into regular classes.

King College High School Principal Jeff Wright put on cross country skies to ride from his home in the Kenwood campus Wednesday morning. School officials set out breakfast of cold cereal and juice for all students who have arrived. Engineers shovel snow embankments, cleaned the sidewalks and provide heat kept running. They were discovered after lunch, and students never came.

Chicago Public School kids and parents were split Wednesday about the prospect of a second snow day today — another rare day off, declared in the interest of safety.

CPS officials were concerned about the accessibility of schools located on side streets, which could remain snow-filled today or, if cleared, be hit by icing from plummeting temperatures overnight. Plus, Interium Schools CEO Terry Mazany said Wednesday, buses that normally carry 24,000 students daily won’t be operating until Monday.

If school had resumed today, staff also could have encountered problems getting to work, officials said. Only two-third of non-teaching staff showed up Wednesday to maintain school buildings. And 30 schools suffered power outages at one point.

Although kids will get two days off in a row, officials cautioned Wednesday that the system will have to squeeze two instructional days into the calendar somewhere of CPS, Chicago School closings, school closings Chicago, cps.edu, fox news Chicago.



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