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CPS, Catholic elementary schools in Cook, Lake counties closed Monday

Vladimir Vukovic his daughter Izabel 6 brave freezing temperatures for some exercise near Montrose Harbor Sunday January 4 2014. |

Vladimir Vukovic and his daughter Izabel, 6, brave the freezing temperatures for some exercise near Montrose Harbor on Sunday, January 4, 2014. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 6, 2014 1:00PM



Chicago Public Schools will be closed Monday because of the dangerous cold snap .

“The safety and well-being of our students is paramount,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement. “Given, the dangerously cold temperatures and high-winds, it is in the best interest of our students for schools to be closed on Monday.”

Initially, CPS officials had given parents the option to send their kids to school — or keep them home. The Chicago Teachers Union had issued a statement saying schools should be closed because of the extreme cold.

“We felt like this was the right thing to do,” CPS spokesman Joel Hood said of the closure announcement. He added that the CTU’s opposition to keeping schools open had “zero” impact on the district’s ultimate decision.

The closures could create a headache for working parents left without many child-care options. Still, students are likely return to class on Tuesday, according to CPS officials.

Catholic elementary schools in Cook and Lake counties will be closed Monday, according to a news release from the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools. High school closing decisions will be made by each school.

New Trier High School announced it will be closed, as did many other suburban school districts, including Glenbrook South in Glenview, Glenbrook North in Northbrook and all Glenview District 34 elementary, intermediate and middle schools.

The University of Chicago, DePaul University and Northwestern Universities canceled classes for Monday. City Colleges of Chicago will be closed, though many buildings will remain open to serve as warming centers.

Loyola University is one of the lone standouts in the region. A Loyola spokeswoman said Sunday that Monday classes would continue as planned.

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