The Chicago Public School system is on top of this Chicago blizzard thing! CPS updated its web site to inform parents that schools will be open and operating on a normal schedule tomorrow and has issued a statement about the impending storm in English, Spanish and Polish. Officials promise to keep parents updated and urge them to check back throughout the day Tuesday for “up-to-the-minute” information. Following is the letter currently posted on the CPS site:
January 31, 2011
Weather forecasters are predicting heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions through the Chicago area beginning on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 and continuing through Wednesday, February 2, 2011. The Chicago Public Schools is monitoring the forecasts closely and making contingency plans in the event weather conditions require school closures or suspension of bus service.
The Chief Executive Officer will decide whether or not schools will close based on weather conditions and forecasts as the storm approaches. Any decisions will be communicated to parents and students through automated telephone calls, the news media and the 311 Center.
Because the storm is expected to reach the Chicago area Tuesday afternoon, buses may experience some delays.
We encourage parents, guardians and students to monitor news reports and the CPS web-site (www.cps.edu) for school closing information beginning Tuesday evening. The Student Safety hotline at (773) 553-3335 will be available to provide emergency information and to answer emergency concerns.
We are aware of the inconvenience that school closings may cause parents and families but the safety and security of Chicago Public Schools’ students is our top priority.
KEEP YOURSELF FULLY INFORMED OF DEVELOPMENTS BY MONITORING THE CPS WEB-SITE AT www.cps.edu AND THE LOCAL NEWS MEDIA.