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After two extra days off, CPS students head back to class

Updated: February 10, 2014 11:42AM

Dressed like pint-sized Eskimos, kids returned to McPherson Elementary School Wednesday morning, delighted to see their friends — their parents equally thrilled to get the little ones out of the house.

“It’s been crazy — just keeping the kids busy,” said parent Kendra Reilly, dropping off Zoe, 5, and Gavin, 3. “They’ve been bouncing off the walls. They need to go back to school.”

After two days off school because of the extreme cold, Chicago Public Schools students headed back to class, but the extra play time was no freebie. Students will be required to make up the days later this year, CPS spokeswoman Keiana Barrett said

Shannon Gibson said her 7-year-old son, Matthew, spent his entire mini-vacation on the computer — a mixed blessing, she said.

“He didn’t want to do anything but the computer,” Gibson said. “I didn’t have to make up a story about why we couldn’t go outside.”

Matthew was delighted to see his friends from school, although he would have preferred to see them a little later in the day.

“He wanted to sleep in,” his mother said.


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Contributing: Becky Schlikerman

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