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Cassie Walker Burke, Chalkbeat Chicago

With Little Notice, Chicago To Cancel School For First-Ever ‘Vaccination Awareness Day’

The announcement comes two days after federal officials authorized the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.


New Chicago Schools CEO Pedro Martinez Got A Pay Bump — And Will Outearn His Predecessor

Martinez's contract extends through June 2026. The school board votes Wednesday to formally appoint him.


Chicago Shortens Student Quarantines As Experts Predict November COVID Vaccine For Kids

The city's public health commissioner, Dr. Allison Arwady, said officials think vaccines should be available for kids 5-11 around the first week of November.


Chicago Will Ramp Up Contact Tracing In Schools After Widespread Complaints

The contact tracing department will grow to more than 80 people and response time will be narrowed to 48 hours, CPS officials said.


Bus Troubles, Missing Preschoolers: Chicago Attendance Dips On First Day

Key student groups showed attendance lags — notably pre-kindergarten students and Black and Latino students.


What Should Chicago’s New Schools CEO Tackle First? Parents, Students And Insiders Have Ideas

Pedro Martinez, a graduate of Benito Juarez High School, took over as schools chief last week.


6 Things To Know About Pedro Martinez, Chicago’s Next Schools Chief

The oldest of 10 children, Martinez grew up in Chicago, attended Benito Juarez High and has three sisters teaching in Chicago Public Schools.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Chicago Public Schools Will Miss This Week’s COVID-19 Testing Deadline

CPS leaders say they now aim to offer testing at every district campus by the end of September — roughly a month after its original goal.


Illinois To Give Child Care Workers $1,000 And Cover Costs For Unemployed Parents

Gov. JB Pritzker announced the bonuses Monday as part of a broader package of child care recovery efforts.


Will COVID Cases In Chicago Schools Force Your Child To Quarantine? Here’s A Flowchart

Many parents and educators still have questions about when families are notified about confirmed COVID-19 cases and how quarantine works.


As Quarantine Notices Go Out, CPS Needs More Time To Fully Expand School COVID Testing

The district had pledged voluntary testing for every school would be in place during the first week of the school year.


Mayor Lori Lightfoot: Chicago Head Start Funding Cutoff Is ‘Irresponsible’

Unless full funding is restored, city officials say nearly 1,000 low-income children younger than 5 could be forced to transfer mid-school year to other programs.


School Bus Driver Shortage In Chicago Prompts $1,000 Payments To Families And Calls To Uber, Lyft

About 10 percent of the district’s drivers resigned between Aug. 23 and Aug. 27, leaving the nation’s third-largest school district short about 500 drivers.


Chicago Schools Are Fully Reopening For The First Time In More Than 500 Days. Here’s What To Know

Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey said the union has no intention of blocking the start of the school year. But it will continue to “ring alarms” about what he described as safety shortfalls, he said.


Chicago Will Drop Daily COVID-19 Screener And Bring Back Simultaneous Instruction In Quarantine Cases

The district will also not require temperature checks at the school entrances because a fever isn’t the most reliable way to tell if a student has contracted COVID-19.


Inside Chicago’s ‘Refugee High’: Gun Violence, Asylum Appeals, Coming Of Age In America

"Refugee High” documents four teenagers during the 2017-2018 school year in Chicago.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Should COVID-19 Cases Force Classroom Closures? The Debate Unfolds In Chicago

Around the country, school districts are grappling with the tricky question of when and how to quarantine students and staff after confirmed cases of COVID-19.


‘I Have To Start All Over Again’: Chicago Parents Worry About What’s Next If Preschools Close

Chicago parents are scrambling to find alternative child care as Head Start programs face steep budget cuts.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Illinois Is Expelling Fewer Preschoolers. But Programs Still Exclude Young Children

Boys, Black children and kids with disabilities are overrepresented among children who are formally expelled from programs in Illinois, data shows.


Chicago Elected School Board Bill Heads To Governor, Despite Lingering Questions

If Gov. JB Pritzker signs the legislation — over Mayor Lori Lightfoot's opposition — Chicago would have its first fully elected school board by 2027.

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