CPS cancels class

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
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CPS students had a day off due to bitter cold.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools and a number of suburban schools were closed Thursday.

Working parents scrambled to find child care, and many turned to the YMCA's School Days Out program. Twenty-four YMCAs offer the program, which runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the Lakeview YMCA, it was a full house.

"We planned for a certain number and then we had to waitlist. It really is based off staff availability. So as we have more staff come in we're able to take people off our waitlist," Dana Gleeson, YMCA, said.

CPS said it waits until it has the most accurate weather information to decide whether to close school.