CPS, local businesses to close Monday due to extreme weather - New York News

CPS, local businesses to close Monday due to extreme weather

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Chicago Public Schools canceled classes for its 400,000 students Monday as the city prepares for bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills as low as minus 40 degrees, the Sun-Times is reporting.

The last time CPS called off classes at its more than 600 schools was earlier this month, during another spell of dangerously cold temperatures Jan. 5 and 6.

Forecasters predict Monday's high temperature will stay between minus 1 and minus 5 degrees, which will feel more like 20 to 30 below with the wind chill, according to the National Weather Service in Romeoville.

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Overnight lows will fall between 18 and 22 degrees below zero, when wind chill values could sink to minus 40 degrees, according to the weather service. A wind chill warning for the entire Chicago area is in effect from 3 a.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The city won't see relief from the arctic chill until Wednesday, when highs will reach 14 to 18 degrees, forecasters say.

The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago says it'll be closed on Monday because of the expected severe winter weather. The nearby Adler Planetarium also will be closed on Monday. Both plan to reopen Tuesday.

Cook County Clerk David Orr says an event promoting the state's new law that'll allow some 17-year-old voters to cast ballots will be rescheduled. It was set for Monday at Main East High School in suburban Park Ridge. However, the school has canceled classes. The event was to announce winners of the "Voting at 17" video contest.

More than four dozen suburban schools and school districts have already canceled classes for Monday. Students at Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana will not attend classes Monday or Tuesday because of the bitter cold, the university said.

Though cancellations might send parents scrambling for child care, a new study by the Harvard Kennedy School argues weather-related school closures are less detrimental to student achievement than presumed.

Using seven years worth of data on Massachusetts schoolchildren, study author Joshua Goodman concludes tacking extra days onto the school year to make up for cancellations is less disruptive than teachers having to catch up individual students who stay home when schools remain open.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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