CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools will be closed Monday due to "extreme cold temperatures and high winds," school officials announced.
“The safety and well-being of our students is paramount,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement. “The decision to close schools is never easy. However, based on the severity of the weather we are expecting Monday, I am confident that this decision is in the best interest of CPS students.”
School officials said it would be too dangerous for students, teachers and staff to travel to schools in subzero temperatures.
Monday's cancelation marks the second time this month frigid temperatures have caused schools to close. CPS classes were also canceled Jan. 6-7, when temperatures dipped as low as 16 degrees below zero.
Chicago could see similarly low temperatures this week, according to National Weather Service meteorologists. The forecast for Monday calls for temperatures ranging from 1 to 5 degrees below zero. Overnight into Tuesday, thermometers could dip as low as 22 degrees below zero.
CPS said it would announce whether classes will also be canceled Tuesday by midday Monday. Parents can call 773-553-1000 or visit the CPS website for more information.
All after-school and sporting activities will be canceled Monday.