(CBS) — Chicago Public Schools will remain closed for a second consecutive day Thursday due to severe cold, officials said.

Dangerously cold temperatures forced today’s closures and the cold is expected to continue into continue Thursday.

“Our top priority remains the safety of our students, and tomorrow’s weather conditions could again be dangerous to students traveling to and from school,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “It is in the best interest of our students to cancel classes tomorrow, and we look forward to welcoming back all of our students once weather conditions improve.”

School buildings will remain open to accept students. Officials say they expect school to be open Friday.

Parent George Smith plans on dropping off his twins at the High Ridge YMCA in West Rogers Park for the second day in a row.

“It’s made it very easy for me,” said parent George Smith. “I commute to work about 45 minutes and this is right between home and work.”

Smith says in years past, he’s struggled with finding last-minute child care when weather keeps students from class. But he’s used YMCA programs for two years now.

“It’s a wonderful program, a safe program and it’s warm,” he said.

“Today we had 12 students enrolled,” said Erin Tun, YMCA Youth and Family Director. “Tomorrow since it’s day two of CPS being closed we expect, maybe 20.”

Temperatures continue to fall with windchills that could endanger students struggling to get to school, so the decision to cancel class for another day came as welcome news for many CPS parents.

For a full list of school closures, click here.