We hope that Mother Nature will be kind to us in 2016, but we want families to know that CPS is prepared for winter weather.

Our goal is always to keep school open: we don’t want students missing out on valuable learning time, or the warm classrooms and meals they may count on as part of their school day. But if heavy snow or extreme cold make it dangerous for children to travel to and from school, classes may need to be canceled.

If school is canceled due to weather, CPS will get the word out quickly. We will contact parents through robocalls, which is why it’s so important that schools have up-to-date contact information for all families. (If your phone number has recently changed, please be sure to let your school know!)

Any information on school closings would also be posted on cps.edu, on the District’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and recorded information would be available by calling the CPS main line at (773) 553-1000.

The same communication tools would be used to inform parents when schools are set to reopen, and you would receive a letter in your child’s backpack explaining how the District would make up any attendance days lost to weather.

Throughout the winter season, our maintenance crews test equipment regularly to make sure heating systems are working well, and every school has a snow removal plan so that sidewalks, walkways and parking lots are clear for students and staff.

CPS will continue to keep a close eye on the forecast this winter and will make all decisions based on the health and safety of our students.