CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools has canceled Tuesday classes and afterschool activities as the city battles frigid temperatures after a week of snow and rain.

In addition to classes, the district said all after-school programming, including athletic practices and games, are also canceled on Tuesday.

District officials say there will be no remote learning on Tuesday.

“We have been carefully monitoring the forecast over the past 24 hours, and have determined that given frigid temperatures predicted for tomorrow, and a Wind Chill Warning from the National Weather Service that wind chills that could reach -30 degrees, it will be unsafe for staff and students to travel to school,” district officials said in a press release on Monday afternoon. 

According to the district, canceling classes is a last-resort measure, and the decision was made after consulting with the Chicago Office of Emergency Management (OEMC) and other city agencies.

The district said the following factors are taken into consideration when deciding whether to cancel classes:

  • Air temperature and wind chill
  •  The amount of snow and ice on the ground
  •  The ability of students and staff to get to school and work safely
  •  The accessibility of buildings and roads
  •  The ability to transport students safely on buses
  •  Potential issues with heating systems or power outages
  • The safety risks to our employees, especially those who work outside

According to officials, forecasts project temperatures to rise by Wednesday and the district expects classes to resume on Wednesday, Jan. 17. 

The announcement came after all CPS-run events scheduled to take place in the district’s buildings on Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday were canceled.

Classes were not in session on Monday, as the district observed the holiday, but GoCPS testing at the Illinois Institute of Technology, a non-CPS building, continued as scheduled.

On Friday, over 30 CPS schools faced power outages as winter storms battered the city. The district said classes continued as scheduled with the assistance of emergency power sources and power was restored to more than half of the impacted schools by 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

Visit the Chicago Public Schools website for the latest updates from the district, or to tread the full statement. 

Additionally, the Chicago History Museum is closed Monday because of the extreme cold, so its MLK Day event is also cancelled.

The museum is offering virtual options at chicagohistory.org.

Also cancelled is Cradles to Crayons Chicago’s MLK Day Basic Needs Drive at Wrigley Field.

However, still on for Monday is the Bronzeville community blood drive, held by members of Delta Sigma Theta Inc.’s Chicago alumnae chapter in partnership with the American Red Cross.

The blood drive is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Delta Sigma Theta’s headquarters near East 45th Street and South King Drive.