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Highland Park Schools To Close Monday

Sub zero temperatures prompt school closing. Decision on Tuesday will be made Monday.

Highland Park schools will be closed Monday because of sub zero temperatures.
Highland Park schools will be closed Monday because of sub zero temperatures.

North Shore School District 112 and Highland Park High School will not hold class Monday because of the forecast for sub zero temperatures, according to communications today from the respective districts.

With temperatures not expected to climb above zero between the overnight hours today until sometime Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, both District 112 and Township High School District 113 will make a decision about holding class Tuesday on Monday.

There will be no after school activities including practices or rehearsals, according to both the Highland Park High School website and an email from District 112 Superintendant David Behlow.

“While it is always my preference to keep schools open, these extreme conditions will make travel dangerous and will put an undue strain on our building's heating systems and on our buses,” Behlow wrote in the email. “Our first priority is always the safety of our students and staff.”

The Park District of Highland Park has cancelled its programs but its facilities will remain open, according to its website.

Temperatures are expected to drop to three below zero tonight with a high of minus one Monday before plunging to 17 below Monday night. The high temperature Tuesday is predicted for one below zero with minus eight Tuesday night.

School was also called off Jan. 6 and 7 when temperatures did not climb above zero.

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MS January 26, 2014 at 03:39 PM
Can someone please explain why, if they had this exact same info on Friday why they didnt make this decision then? Also we have full info as to what Tuesday will bring. Why the wait? What changed between Friday and today that made the decision as oppsed to Friday?
Highlands HP'er January 26, 2014 at 04:33 PM
The further out a weather prediction, the less reliable it is. Its easier to predict the weather for tomorrow than it is to predict it 3 days out. They would look really silly if they cancelled school monday (on friday) and the cold snap instead came on tuesday.
TT January 26, 2014 at 09:00 PM
None of the $60,000 Lexus SUV's will be able to drive the 7 blocks to the heated schools.
forest barbieri January 27, 2014 at 10:43 AM
@TT Where are you getting Lexus SUV's for only $60,000? Understand the point:)
Highlands HP'er January 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM
I didn't realize all those Oak Terrace parents were driving Lexus SUV's.
Stu Pidasso January 27, 2014 at 02:06 PM
MS;, OUR ROYAL SUPerintendent needs to justify the $350K that he makes per year!! I told my kids on Friday that they would have Two days off!!! Not that hard to figure out!! I feel sorry for the district :(

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