Extra Vacation? School Districts Could Cancel Classes Over Extreme Cold (Updated)

Administrators for the school districts serving Oak Forest will be keeping an eye on the forecast over the weekend as dangerously cold temperatures could force them to extend winter break by calling off Monday's classes.

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UPDATED: 2:19 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3—Includes new information from Consolidated High School District 230.

Oak Forest schools have been out of session since late December for their winter breaks, and most of them are scheduled to begin classes again Monday.

But a forecast that's calling for temperatures reaching 5 below to 17 below zero—and feeling like 20 below to 25 below with the wind chill index—has administrators in those school districts monitoring considering extending the break at least an extra day for safety reasons.

READ: Stay on Top of the Frigid Conditions at Oak Forest Patch's Weather HQ

Currently, none of the school districts serving Oak Forest have canceled classes for Monday, Jan. 6.

"We will monitor the weather forecast over the weekend and make a decision early on Sunday regarding school cancellations," a note on the Bremen High School District 228 website stated early Friday afternoon.

Officials at Community Consolidated School District 146 also are keeping their eyes on the weather forecast but haven't made any definitive decisions.

Students attending schools in Consolidated High School District 230, which includes Andrew and Sandburg high schools, don't resume classes until Tuesday, Jan. 7. With temperatures expected to continue in the dangerously cold range until the middle of next week, according to the National Weather Service, D230 families will learn on Monday whether school is in session or not, according to D230 spokeswoman Carla Erdey.

Look for updates on D230’s website, and parents should expect a phone message and email from the district, Erdey said.

—Editor Ben Feldheim contributed to this story.

What's Too Cold?

Temperatures are expected to hover between 5 below and 17 below zero over the next days, with a wind chill index around 20 below to 25 below, according to the National Weather Service. The agency also is forecasting that wind speeds will reach 20 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph. 

That combination can lead to hypothermia—when the body loses more heat than it can produce—and frostbite, which can set in within 15 minutes once it reaches dangerously cold temperatures. Check out the wind chill index chart in this article to see what levels those are. And go to the agency's wind chill page for more information.

YOUR TURN: Do you think schools should cancel classes because of the extreme cold? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Amy Kupcake Litviak January 03, 2014 at 01:58 PM
i sure hope the schools dont wait until monday morning to tell parents they are closing (if they close). that makes it so much harder to find child care. Arbor Park is NOTORIOUS for that sort of behavior.
Evelyn January 04, 2014 at 06:35 AM
They are by far the worse...always got the call at 6am. Parents need to plan. They always wait to see what the other districts do.
NANCY GRACE January 04, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Good idea
Aaron A January 05, 2014 at 09:50 AM
Let's prepared them for the real world. Send them out there tomorrow. Let them see what it feels like in real cold. Maybe some of them will get frost bite or hypothermia. If we are lucky some of them will need to go to the hospital loose extremities or fight for there life to bring their core temperature back up before they die. People in the real world fight for their lives every day and others struggle with adversity due to missing extremities. We can really teach these kids some valuable lessons. I hope we are sensing the sarcasm. In the real world people are seriously injured or worse in this type of weather. Missing a couple of days of school, that the state mandates to be made up any way, is not the end of everyone's real world. Wake up these are kids. So those of you that are against canceling school take your kids to work with you, but wait outside for the bus for a while first or better yet walk them to work tomorrow. I doubt you will you will wait until your remote start has your nice and toasty before you leave.
Michael M. January 05, 2014 at 12:41 PM
What was the name of the guy who always wanted to borrow money from Popeye to buy a burger and pay him back on Tuesday?
Aaron A January 05, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Walk your kid to school tomorrow then mikey, I mean popeye, and show those wimpys how tough you are. You won't.
Michael M. January 05, 2014 at 01:10 PM
I would and have. Then I will go to work ans spend a few hours outside.
Aaron A January 05, 2014 at 02:27 PM
Another billy badass. I wish I was as tough as you. Sounds like great parenting too. Way to put your kid in danger. Parent of the year.
Michael M. January 05, 2014 at 02:34 PM
Sorry Aaron, has nothing to do with being badass. You raise your kids the way you see fit and I'll raise mine the way I see fit. You better not let your kids leave the house ever; they will be in danger, come to think of it, they are in danger if you keep them in the house. You're just another elitist who thinks you know what is better for everyone else.
Michael M. January 05, 2014 at 02:39 PM
Aaron-go outside tomorrow and count all the kids who will be playing in the cold and snow; drive by belly button hill and watch them sled, or even el morrow park. If they can go out and play, they can go to school. And don't let me catch your kids out playing until school is back in session or I will have to give you my Parent of the Year award.
Aaron A January 05, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Compared to you, correct elite.
Michael M. January 05, 2014 at 03:25 PM
Not surprised by that response.
Aaron A January 05, 2014 at 03:30 PM
And you are correct there is always danger every where. So you prove my point why put them out in unnecessary danger when it is everywhere. I could careless how you or anyone else raises the kids, but my preschoolers will be in the house until school is back in secession. I don't know it all never claimed to all I know that they will appreciate it one day that I did not cause them physical pain/harm to prove how tough I am.
Michael M. January 05, 2014 at 03:38 PM
You don't know it all? Yet you just claimed to know what was better for everyone's kids in your previous posts. And you claim you're better than me but you don't know me. Now you're trying to walk it back!! You're not worth responding to after this, you don't even have the character of your convictions.
Aaron A January 05, 2014 at 03:49 PM
I love you Mikey.


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