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Is Cold Weather a Poor Reason to Cancel Classes?

Administrators will decide Sunday whether or not to close suburban schools Monday because of possible below-zero temperatures. Is this a good idea?

Should schools close because of below-zero temperatures? | Credit: File Photos
Should schools close because of below-zero temperatures? | Credit: File Photos
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.

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.

According to the message posted on the Community Consolidated School District 46 website, "The superintendent is in contact with the surrounding area schools and is keeping the safety of the children and staff in mind as options for school on Monday are considered." Parents are being asked to monitor the website for further updates.

Do you think below-zero temperatures are a good enough reason for schools to cancel classes? Or do you think that sends the wrong message to kids? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Lennie Jarratt January 04, 2014 at 09:21 PM
Community Consolidated School District 46 - CCSD 46 8 minutes ago Due to the forecast of dangerously cold weather conditions all CCSD 46 schools will be closed on Monday, January 6th, 2014. https://www.facebook.com/CCSD46

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