Second CPS snow day prompts debate: To open or close
BY ROSALIND ROSSI Education Reporter February 2, 2011 12:48PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Chicago Public School kids and parents were split Wednesday about the prospect of a second snow day today — another rare day off, declared in the interest of safety.
After spending several hours Wednesday building a 4-foot-high snow igloo, Eleni Doyle, 9, and her neighbor, Sabrina Goldsmith, 7, readily endorsed the second CPS snow cancellation in the last 12 years.
“I think it’s a really good idea,” said Eleni, a fourth-grader at Hawthorne Magnet, “because if the snow is up to your knees, children will not be able to get through the snow.” Besides, Eleni said, “I really liked staying home today.”
Sabrina, a second-grader at Boone Elementary, summed up the prospect of another snow day in one word: “Awesome.’”
CPS officials were concerned about the accessibility of schools on side streets, which could remain snow-filled today or, if cleared, be hit by icing from plummeting temperatures overnight. Plus, Interium Schools CEO Terry Mazany said Wednesday, buses that normally carry 24,000 students daily won’t be operating until Monday.
If school had resumed today, staff also could have encountered problems getting to work, officials said, and 30 schools suffered power outages at one point.
However, Sabrina’s dad, Bob Goldsmith, said the city “had all day” to clean side streets. Early Wednesday evening, he was trying to figure out who would care for Sabrina after he and his wife returned to work today.
And Eleni’s mom, Demetra Soter, questioned why CPS couldn’t just cancel classes for schools with power outages. “The main thoroughfares are clear,” Soter said. “The kids who can get there should be in school.”
Contributing: Tina Sfondeles