Articles By Samantha Smylie, Chalkbeat Chicago
Since buildings closed in the spring, parents of children with disabilities have sounded the alarm, saying they aren’t able to meet the complex needs of their children the way a raft of school professionals could.
Chicago Public Schools has pledged this year will be better for students in special education. But it’s still unclear how the district will provide some services virtually.
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“We need to be present, we need to be available, we need to be accessible. Even if you don’t know what to say, show up and be present.”
Lightfoot said Friday that there are “different options” on the table. “Having alternate days. Kind of a platoon circumstance. Really limiting the number of kids that are in a classroom at any given time."
Homeless children already endured instability and uncertainty before a pandemic swiftly closed schools that fed, sheltered and educated them by day.