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CPS closure leaves some students without warmth, food

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

There was confusion this weekend about whether Chicago Public Schools would be open Monday.

Some said the delay in a decision was bad when it affects the planning of more than 400,000 families.

Eighty-seven-percent of CPS students are from low-income families.

For them, school is not only where they learn, but where they get two or three meals a day. And where, for many in winter, the rooms are much warmer than they are at home.

This is a big part of why CPS so rarely cancels classes, and part of the reason that, on Saturday, it made an official announcement both online and in phone calls saying, "Chicago public schools will be open for classes as scheduled on Monday."

Hedging a bit, it also said parents should, "use their own discretion in deciding whether to send their child to school."

Being absent would be an excused absence.

Still, while schools across the area were closing, CPS was staying open.

But then came Sunday.

At around 2 p.m., a reversal by CPS came through.

Online and phone "robo calls" said, "all Chicago Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Jan. 6th due to the extreme cold temperatures and high winds that have been forecasted."

Why the sudden turn around? Some are asking if a tweet made by the Chicago teachers union had something to do with it.

Sunday morning, the Chicago teachers union tweeted, "we demand that Chicago Public Schools close schools tomorrow."

An attached statement said common sense dictates schools be closed with ten inches of snow on the ground and a temperature of ten-below zero.

CTU members and supporters then spread the message online.

While the decision was made for the children's safety, some wonder what happens to those that don't get their two meals or warm room.

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