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Snow day Wednesday at Chicago Public Schools

 Students head buses lined up outside Romeoville High School Tuesday afternoFeb.1 2011 first snowfall storm. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Students head to the buses lined up outside Romeoville High School Tuesday afternoon, Feb.1, 2011 at the first snowfall of the storm. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

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Updated: February 2, 2011 8:47AM

There will be a snow day Wednesday for more than 410,000 students at Chicago Public Schools.

The nation’s third largest school system announced late Tuesday that it was canceling all classes

Wednesday at its more than 700 schools out of an “abundance of caution.’’

“We have said that safety would guide this decision and we are anticipating severe and dangerous weather conditions that would be harmful to students, their commute and their routine school day. We cannot risk or compromise their safety,” CPS Interim Chief Executive Officer Terry Mazany said in a statement.

The last time CPS closed because of snow was Jan. 4 and Jan. 5 of 1999.

CPS also cancelled a host of after-school activities for both Tuesday and Wednesday. The two-day shutdown includes all after-school programs in schools or Park District buildings, said spokeswoman Monique Bond. Any third shift of CPS preschool, which usually starts at 3 p.m., is cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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