UPDATE: Chicago Public Schools are remaining closed on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 due to the severe cold weather.
In what could turn out to be a public relations nightmare for Chicago Public Schools, after making headlines all weekend long stating that schools would be open on Monday, CPS now says the schools will be closed, according to the Chicago Tribune on Sunday evening. The big job for CPS, now, is to get the word out that schools are closed.
The decision was made late Sunday afternoon to not have schools open on Monday due to the predicted brutally cold temperatures. The change of plans followed extreme criticism from the Chicago Teachers Union and its president, Karen Lewis.
Lewis stated in an email that the Chicago Public Schools and the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management were sending confusing messages to the public as to what to do. She asserted that the Union believes common sense would dictate that the Chicago Public Schools should close schools since there are at least 10 inches of snow already on the ground and a record-breaking low temperature of ten degrees below zero in the forecast for Monday. The emailed statement also demanded that Chicago Public Schools demonstrate concern for the health and safety of children and staff by closing its more than 600 school buildings on Jan. 6, 2014.
Earlier in the afternoon, Joe Hood – the CPS spokesperson – asserted that the district would be open on Monday.
Again, Chicago Public Schools will be closed on Monday. But, the way things are going, check back - just in case…