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As dangerously cold weather looms over the Chicago area, many question whether schools will be open.
After record-breaking cold temperatures Thursday, wind chills are projected to once again hit -20 to -30 degrees Friday morning.
A Wind Chill Advisory was issued for the Chicago area, in effect from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday.
Chicago Public Schools announced shortly after 5 p.m. that schools would remain open Friday, but it remained unclear if other schools in the Chicago area would close after many canceled classes during the Thursday blast.
CPS was among the schools closed Thursday.
“The health and safety of our students is the District’s top priority, and the extreme weather expected tomorrow could present real dangers,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement. “Throughout my tenure as an educator, weather forecasts have become more precise and informative, and everyone is now aware of the dangers these temperatures present and the health risks that children face in these conditions. "
While classes were canceled, CPS buildings remained open and accepted students who still arrived at schools, officials said.
The Bible Baptist School in Highland, Argo Community High School in Summit, District 109 in Justice and the Trinity Lutheran School in Tinley Park were also closed Thursday.
Waukegan Public Schools and St. Mary School in Plano reported a delayed start Thursday.
WPS said the late start meant all classes would begin two hours later than normal “as a result of dangerously cold forecasted temperatures.
St. Mary School also started two hours late.