Chicago schools to be open despite brutal cold

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois school administrators are weighing possible closures because of the extreme cold temperatures forecast for Monday.

Chicago is essentially leaving the decision up to parents.

The district said Saturday it'll keep all its schools open, but it urged parents to "use their own discretion" in deciding whether to send children to school.

Outlining its preparations, Chicago Public Schools said building engineers will crank up boilers already on Sunday to ensure classrooms are warm. Recess will be indoors, and children being picked up at the end of the day will be kept inside while they wait.

The district is also working with bus companies to be sure all vehicles are operating properly come Monday morning and that wait times will be kept to a minimum.

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