Dozens of Schools Close, Delay Start Due to Dangerous Cold

Several Illinois and northwest Indiana schools closed or delayed start times on Friday as dangerously cold temperatures descended on the Chicago area. 

By Friday morning, dozens of schools reported late openings or full closures due to weather.


The entire Chicago area was under a Wind Chill Advisory beginning at 6 p.m. CST Thursday and lasting through 12 p.m. Friday.

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Residents were urged to take extra precautions if going outside, as the advisory warned of wind chills at 20 or even 30 degrees below zero.

The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes, the National Weather Service said.

Here's a look at some of the schools announcing closures as part of the winter weather:

Ambassador Christian Academy, Gary: Opening 2 hours late

Aspire, Hillside: Closed, employees to report

Aspire Charter Academy, Gary: Closed

Bailly Elementary School, Chesterton: Opening 2 hours late

Barack H. Obama Learning Academy, Markham: Closed

Beach Elementary School, Round Lake: 2 hour late start, no AM preschool session

Berger-Vandenberg Elementary, Dolton: Closed

Bible Baptist School, Highland: Closed

Blue Cap, Blue Island: Open, no buses

Blue Cap Workshop-ADT, Evergreen Park: Open, no buses

Burr Oak Academy, Calumet Park: Closed

Burr Oak School, Calumet Park: Closed

Calumet School, Calumet Park: Closed

Caroline Sibley Elementary, Calumet City: Closed

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Joliet ECSD, Joliet: Closed, employees to report

Center for Academics & Technology, Calumet City: Closed

Center for Alternative Learning, Calumet City: Closed

Charter School of the Dunes, Gary: Closed

Chesterton High School, Chesterton: Opening 2 hours late

Chicago Jesuit Academy, Chicago: Closed

Children's First Learning Center, Burnham: Closed 12:00 p.m.

Children's Place Learning Academy, Sauk Village: Closing early at 12 p.m.

City of Hammond Public Schools, Hammond: Closed

City of Hobart Schools, Hobart: Closed

Clifford Pierce Middle School, Merrillville: Opening 2 hours late

Col. John Wheeler Middle School, Crown Point: Opening 2 hours late

Coolidge Middle School, Phoenix: Closed

Crown Point Community School Corp, Crown Point: Opening 2 hours late

Click here for a full list of school closings and cancellations.

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