CPS classes in session Thursday despite frigid temperatures

- Chicago Public Schools students will have to brave Thursday’s bitterly cold temperatures.

Classes will be in session with a wind chill advisory in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday as temperatures barely get out of the single digits, and plunge as low as minus 30 degrees with the wind chill factor, according to the school district and the National Weather Service.

“Our highest priority is the safety of students and staff, and we are closely monitoring the weather to help ensure that holding class is in the best interest of students,” CPS spokesman Michael Passman said in an email Wednesday night, adding that “multiple CPS departments are working to ensure schools are prepared for a safe and successful school day.”

Buses will be started early to warm them up for students, and school engineers will arrive “first thing” to make sure heating systems are running properly, officials said.

Forecasters urge people to dress in layers, cover exposed skin and limit time outdoors. Frostbite can take effect in less than half an hour.

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