Heat cancels some CPS summer school classes

July 5, 2012 2:44:07 AM PDT
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard has ordered summer school classes cancelled at 18 schools that do not have air conditioning on Thursday, July 5, 2012.

The decision was made based on the forecast of temperatures potentially reaching 100 degrees during daytime hours on Thursday.

Schools that will be closed on Thursday, July 5 include Altgeld, Attucks, Bennett, Brentano, Courtenay, Faraday, Gregory, Hedges, Holden, Jahn, Kenwood, Manierre, Mayo, Penn, Pierce, Pope, Stevenson, and Harold Washington.

"Due to reports of excessive heat throughout Chicago tomorrow, we have determined that it is in the best interest of our students and instructional staff to cancel summer school for the day in non-air conditioned buildings," said CEO Brizard.

The District will continue to monitor the heat wave, and any additional information will be disseminated once those decisions are made. We urge school communities, parents and students to continue to monitor these announcements on television, radio and the CPS web site, www.cps.edu, Facebook and Twitter.

The Chicago Public Schools serves approximately 405,000 students in more than 675 schools. It is the nation's third-largest school system.