With two days of bitter cold forecast for Highland Park starting Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service, officials in North Shore School District 112 and Highland Park High School will make decisions by Sunday about holding class Monday.
Township High School District 113 Assistant Superintendant for Instruction and Communication Sue Hebson said a decision will be made Sunday for Monday and Monday for Tuesday. District 112 Superintendent David Behlow is closely monitoring weather conditions and has promised to let the community know by 7 p.m. Sunday if Monday’s scheduled will be altered.
“The decision to close school in not made lightly, and is based on several factors,” Behlow wrote to District families. “Severe weather puts a strain on the mechanics of the buses, and can lead to unexpected breakdowns or delays. This in turn poses a risk for children who may be waiting outside for buses in wind chill conditions that can quickly lead to frostbite.”
“Extreme temperatures also strain the mechanical systems of our buildings, and our energy provider asks us to curtail energy use on these days.”
At this point, the National Weather service is predicting a low of minus three Sunday night with the temperature only expected to climb a degree Monday before falling to -15 that night. Tuesday’s forecast calls for a high of two below again and a negative eight that night.