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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.

Citywide

‘All Of Us Are Learning To Do School Again’: Chicago Students Return To Campus During COVID Surge

With the Delta variant surging, there was trepidation about returning to class — and a blend of hope and uncertainty about the academic catchup and emotional healing students face in the months ahead.

Citywide

CPS Agrees To Take 1 Officer Out Of Each Of 24 Schools That Voted For Removal

The decision to respect schools' wishes comes after the district's safety chief initially said two cops would temporarily remain at the high schools that voted to keep only one officer.

Citywide

For CPS Students, Teachers And Parents, First-Day Jitters Take On New Meaning Amid Pandemic

Many Chicago Public Schools students returned to the classroom for the first time in more than 500 days Monday, with masks mandatory as the Delta variant continues to spread.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

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.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

2 Dozen CPS High Schools Voted To Remove One Officer From Campus. The Cops Are Coming Anyway

Though 24 schools voted to remove one police officer, their decisions will be ignored indefinitely as CPS and the Police Department negotiate a new contract.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

San Antonio Superintendent, Another Outside Candidate Top Contenders For Chicago Schools Chief

Pedro Martinez recently made news by issuing a mask mandate and a staff vaccination mandate, defying Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order banning public entities from requiring masks or COVID shots.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

With School Less Than Two Weeks Away, Chicago Has Not Picked A District Leader

José Torres was appointed as acting schools chief in June after Janice Jackson stepped down.

Citywide

New Book ‘A Walk Through Rogers Park’ Features Drawings Of The Homes, Businesses That Make The Neighborhood Special

CPS teacher Eric Kessler's book of sketches focuses on Rogers Park businesses and buildings. It sold out — but he's about to start selling more copies.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

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

Citywide

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.

Uncategorized

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.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

Internet Speeds At 80 Chicago Public Schools Will Be Up To 40 Times Faster By 2022

The project eventually could lead to improved internet service for nearby residents.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Illinois Schools Must Require Masks For Everyone Under New Mandate, Pritzker Says

Chicago Public Schools had already planned to require masking of everyone, vaccinated or otherwise.

Citywide

Chicago Fell Behind On Plans For Students With Disabilities During COVID-19. New Data Shows The Depth Of The Problem

The pandemic year has uprooted support for students with disabilities in Chicago and nationwide, creating a backlog of Individualized Education Programs that could lead to widening academic gaps for students in need of special education services.

Citywide

CPS OKs New Playground For Irving Park School — But Parents Continue Fight For More Improvements

The district earmarked $16.4 for new playgrounds across the city, but it's not clear how much will go to Scammon.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
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