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Is Cold Weather a Poor Excuse to Cancel Classes?

Barrington District 220 is expected to decide by Sunday evening whether or not to close Monday because of possible below-zero temperatures. Is this a good idea?

Should schools close because of below-zero temperatures? Credit: File photo
Should schools close because of below-zero temperatures? Credit: File photo
UPDATE: School has been canceled Monday, Jan. 6, for District 220.

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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.

Click here to see the forecast for Barrington.

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.

Barrington District 220 posted this message on its Facebook page:

Barrington 220 school officials are continuing to monitor the arctic weather forecast predicted for Monday. Keep an eye on the district's Facebook page and website for an update on school closures. That decision could be made as early as Sunday evening. Until then, stay safe and warm.

Tell Us: Should District 220 cancel classes due to the extreme cold? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Sharon Hilton Nelles January 05, 2014 at 08:04 AM
Yes, the first priority of any school should be safety. If it is recommended to stay inside then our kids should be home. Doctors report frost bite can occur very quickly.
Angela Sykora (Editor) January 05, 2014 at 07:04 PM
All Chicago Public Schools will now be closed Monday as well.

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