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Is Cold Weather a Poor Excuse to Cancel Classes?

Township High School District 211 is expected to decide by Sunday evening whether or not to close Monday because of possible below-zero temperatures. Is this a good idea?

Should schools close because of below-zero temperatures? Credit: File photo
Should schools close because of below-zero temperatures? Credit: File photo
UPDATE: School has been canceled Monday, Jan. 6, for District 15 and District 211.

Ever since the National Weather Service forecasted that temperatures in the Chicago area could reach 5 below to 15 below zero early this week, administrators for school districts throughout the region have been monitoring weather reports, deciding whether or not to cancel classes Monday because of the extreme cold.

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Chicago Public Schools announced Saturday that schools will be open Monday and Tuesday, but parents are being told to use their own judgment on whether it's too cold for their children to attend, the Chicago Tribune reports

Most suburban school districts, however, won't make a decision about closing schools until Sunday evening. Many of these schools have been on winter break since the end of December, and Monday would mark the first day back.

Township High School District 211 posted this message on its website:

The District is monitoring weather reports forecasted for Monday, January 6, 2014. Any possible weather-related cancellation of classes on Monday, January 6, 2014 will be reviewed throughout the day on Sunday, January 5 and a decision will be communicated as soon as possible. Please reference the District 211 website for up-to-date weather-related information as it becomes available.

Community Consolidated School District 15's website offers no information on its plans for Monday.

Tell Us: Should District 220 cancel classes due to the extreme cold? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Scott January 04, 2014 at 08:21 PM
Yes they should cancel. This is why we have these days on the calendar.
Palatine Resident January 05, 2014 at 02:57 AM
I would like to see the Administrators stand outside waiting for the busses or walk to school. Emergency Rm. Doctors say to not have exposed skin for more than 3-4 minutes - tell that to the kids walking or waiting. We haven't seen these severe weather temps since the early 80s. Use common sense - keep the kids home for their safety and well-being. Notify the parents early Sunday if plans need to be made. THIS SHOULD BE THE SAME FOR DISTRICT 15, TOO.
Carol Phillips Cochran January 05, 2014 at 12:43 PM
District 15 has cancelled school on Monday.
Angela Sykora (Editor) January 05, 2014 at 07:04 PM
All Chicago Public Schools will now be closed Monday as well.

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