School Heating Problems Under Control, Top CPS Official Says

Craig Dellimore
November 27, 2018 - 4:56 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – The head of the Chicago Public Schools is defending the way the system handled snowstorm-related power outages on Monday.

Some parents complained that they were not notified immediately when the winter storm knocked out power to several CPS Schools. Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said CPS and ComEd moved quickly to correct the problems.

Jackson said 20 of the system’s 650 schools lost power during the winter storm. As of Tuesday, all but one schools was without power; the students were sent to an alternative building.

Another school with heating problems had contractors on site, Jackson said.

She said with many working parents unable to pick up their children in the middle of the day school was the best and the warmest place for them to be.

Jackson spoke with reporters after being named co-chair of Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s Transition Education committee.