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Chicago Public Schools Remain Open Monday Despite Extreme Cold Close [UPDATE]

By Jon Graef in News on Jan 4, 2014 8:30PM

UPDATE, 6:25 p.m.: CPS has decided to close all schools for Monday.

Despite the extreme cold set to reach the Chicago area Monday, with wind chill temperatures predicted to reach -50 degrees, Chicago Public Schools are set to remain open. However, children who decide to stay home will not be punished for doing so, according to DNAinfoChicago. Those absences will be counted as excused.

“While all District schools are slated to be open on Monday, I strongly encourage parents to use their own discretion in deciding whether to send their child to school,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a news release posted by ChicagoNow. “We will be working throughout the weekend to ensure that our buildings and school officials are ready to receive students on Monday.”

Call the CPS hotline at 773-553-3100 for updates. WGN reports that "engineers will be on hand to make sure the school are warm for students Monday."

Best of luck to everyone, especially the students. Stay warm and safe.