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Severe weather costs U-46 three days in week
By Seth Hancock
Classes resumed in School District U-46 on Friday, Feb. 1 after two straight days of no classes, three days of cancellations for the week, due to the frigid weather conditions.
School was cancelled on Monday, Jan. 28 due to snow and again on Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31 due to the subzero temperatures from the polar vortex that hit the Chicago area. Further on Tuesday, Jan. 29, all after school activities had to be concluded by 6 p.m.
Some area school districts also had to cancel classes again on Feb. 1 due to buses not operating, but just before 5 a.m. on Feb. 1 U-46 CEO Tony Sanders stated on Twitter: “Our bus fleet is ready to go. We will have school today.”
Weather had already disrupted U-46 in previous weeks, including the cancellation of some sporting events, and the district released a statement on Jan. 23 explaining its process in determining whether or not to cancel classes.
“The decision always involves nearly round-the-clock weather monitoring by our leaders,” the release stated.
The release added: “The decision to keep schools opened or close them does not impact our revenue. The safety of students and staff is always the top priority when making this decision. That said, families always have the option to keep their children home on days they deem it unsafe. We understand concerns from parents and staff, and we will continue to use all the data and information possible to make the best decisions about opening or closing school doors during poor weather.”
From DuPage Airport, the National Weather Services (NWS) reported a low of minus 28 at 5:52 a.m. on Jan. 31. It also reported wind chills as low as minus 55 at 6:52 a.m. and 7:52 a.m. on Jan. 30.
In Chicago, the NWS reported 52 straight hours of subzero temperatures for the city’s fourth longest streak. Chicago’s record low temperatures came in 1985 according to the NWS when it hit minus 27 with wind chills of minus 60.