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Some Chicago Schools In High-Poverty Areas Lost 1 In 7 Teachers To Layoffs

Most schools with three or more teacher layoffs were shrinking campuses. At least seven of the 22 schools are considered “underutilized” by the district.


Talks Between City And Teachers Union Are Stalled — But Teachers Will Still Return To Classrooms Aug. 30

Nearly all CPS students will return to full-time in-person learning this fall, in line with a state resolution.


How Many Of Chicago’s ‘Missing Students’ Are Just Homeschooling? It’s Hard To Tell

Illinois does not require homeschooling families to register, making it nearly impossible to know who is missing and who is being taught at home.


All CPS Teachers And Staff Must Be Vaccinated By Oct. 15 Or Stay Home, Chicago Public Schools Announces

Workers will have to submit proof of full vaccination by Oct. 15, unless they have an approved religious or medical exemption, CPS said


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.


COVID Cases Among Kids Are Rising — But Chicago’s Top Doc Says Schools Can Reopen Safely

Although more young people are testing positive for coronavirus in Chicago, Dr. Allison Arwady said the Delta variant doesn’t appear to be making them sicker than previous strains.


Limited Access And Low Enrollment: Chicago Parents Criticize ‘Confusing And Chaotic’ Virtual Academy Process

CPS will offer a limited Virtual Academy for students with specific medical needs this fall, but so far plans are fuzzy, signups are tepid and parents have been left pressing each other for details.


In Chicago, Poor Turnout At Student Vaccination Sites Perplexes School Officials

The campaign to get students and families vaccinated comes only one month before students return to classrooms.


Citing Student Trauma From Violence And Pandemic, Chicago Educators Call For School Budget Redo

Educators argued the district should spend more on student support personnel, such as counselors.


Chicago Public Schools Will Require Masks When Classes Resume — But 3 Feet Of Distancing Not Guaranteed

The state school board has said masks can be optional for vaccinated students and teachers. But local district can set stricter rules.


Final Tally: Majority Of CPS High Schools Will Reduce Police Presence On Campus This Year

Among the 31 campuses deciding to reduce their in-school police force, seven have voted to fully remove officers, including Jones College Prep and Lake View High School.


As Delta Variant Cases Mount, Chicago Parents Worry CPS Will Reverse In-Person Reopening Plans

Interim CEO Jose Torres announced in June he’s set on a full-time in-person fall reopening, and the state has said districts should offer remote learning only in limited exceptions.


This Week Brought A Flurry Of Decisions Around School Police In Chicago. What To Know

Last summer, schools that voted to cut officers from their campuses lost district dollars. Now, they get to keep those funds.


School Safety Without Police: Social Workers, Private Security Considered As Councils Vote To Remove Officers From Campus

At least 22 local school councils have voted this summer to eliminate one or more officers at high schools, while at least 16 voted to keep them.


Chicago Public Schools Unveils Student Vaccination Program, Including Three Standing Sites And Mobile Clinics

The sites are Chicago Vocational Career Academy in Avalon Park, Michele Clark High School in Austin and Theodore Roosevelt High School in Albany Park.


Chicago Will Limit When Schools Call Police. Do Changes Go Far Enough?

Under the student code of conduct approved Wednesday, school administrators should only dial 911 when there is an immediate threat of danger or harm to those on school grounds.