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Earlier this evening, District 203 announced its decision to cancel classes at all the district’s schools tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 7, due to extreme weather conditions.

A wind chill warning for DuPage County is in effect from midnight tonight until noon Thursday. According to the National Weather Service, wind chill values will drop to 30 degrees below zero during the day on Wednesday.

Naperville North has yet to update its website regarding how the cancellation will impact after-school activities.

For senior Rohit Rastogi, the district’s announcement was a relief.

“I think that District 203 made the right decision to cancel school,” Rastogi said. “I have had difficulty starting my car in such cold weather in the past and foresee other students having transportation issues as well.”

The extreme conditions also prompted other local districts to cancel school. Surrounding districts such as Naperville’s District 204, Lisle’s District 202 and Bolingbrook’s Valley View School District 365U all closed schools for the day.

According to the National Weather Service, wind chill warnings have been issued in at least 17 Midwestern and Northeastern states. With the current high temperature for Wednesday projected as one degree below zero, the Chicago area may break last year’s record for the lowest daily temperature. And on Thursday morning, a new record could be set for the lowest daily temperature.

Junior Nicole Marcus said the day off is in the best interest of students.

“I just wasn’t quite ready to come back to school yet. Honestly, I already needed a break,” Marcus said. “It’s just safer for everyone to stay home.”

Freshman Nathan Warwick also supported the district’s decision to cancel school. He looks forward to spending the day off with his friends, but he dreads having to make up the day at the end of the year.

“I’d rather do my school work now so I don’t have to take it into my summer,” Warwick said. “We got done with break two days ago so I see it as almost worthless because we just got back.”

For seniors like Rastogi, a make-up day at the end of the school year does not pose as a concern.

“With subzero temperatures, for their own safety, students should be indoors and away from the cold,” Rastogi said. “As a senior, I wouldn’t mind another day off of school either.”

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  1. Noah on January 6th, 2015 8:55 pm

    I’m so excited for a snow day! I think everybody needs a day to recuperate from the first two days. I’m so tired and I’m so glad for another chance to sleep in!

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