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CPS Officials: Schools to Reopen Wednesday

By Erica Demarest | January 7, 2014 10:36am | Updated on January 7, 2014 3:30pm
 A woman waits at the Damen Avenue "L" stop Tuesday.
A woman waits at the Damen Avenue "L" stop Tuesday.
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CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools will reopen Wednesday after a two-day hiatus due to "extreme cold," officials said.

Parents were notified around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday via social media and automated calls that school would be back in session Wednesday.

"Welcome back students!" CPS said in the message.

"With the weather conditions improving, students will be able to return to their classrooms tomorrow to receive the education they need to succeed in college, career and life," CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said.

All regularly scheduled after-school activities also will be held Wednesday, CPS said.

Makeup days to cover the days students missed because of the snow will be determined at a later date, CPS said.

Temperatures are expected to rise to a  high of about 15 degrees Wednesday, though wind chills could make the air feel like 6 degrees below zero. There's about a 20 percent chance for snow Wednesday and Thursday.

After initially wavering over the weekend, CPS officials announced late Sunday that schools would be closed Monday as a polar vortex ushered in temperatures as low as 16 degrees below zero.

Classes were again canceled Tuesday — a move that ultimately extended students' winter breaks by two days. Schools had been slated to open after the holiday break for the first time since December on Jan. 6.