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1 In 5 CPS Students Attended In-Person Classes During First Week, District Numbers Show

Attendance data was released amid an escalating battle between CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union. Hundreds of students who initially chose classroom learning switched to virtual learning as school resumed this month.

CPS Says Some Teachers Can Get Vaccinated In February, But Will It Stop A Strike?

It will take months for all CPS employees to be vaccinated — and elementary school teachers, who go back to class Monday, won't be in the first round.

CPS Teachers Work Outside Avondale Shops To Protest School Reopening: It’s ‘Not Just About Us’

Shop owners lent teachers tables and shared their wifi in a show of support. "To have [their] support ... it makes us feel like we're doing the right thing," one teacher said.

In Chicago, Teachers With Children Less Likely To Get Permission To Work From Home

In Chicago, only 1 in 10 teachers who asked for a child-care accommodation that would allow them to continue working remotely received such permission, according to Dec. 29 data provided by Chicago Public Schools.

CPS Parents Slam District’s Decision To Lock Teachers Out Of Virtual Classrooms As School Reopening Battle Rages On

“I’m angry that my daughter was cut off from her teacher so suddenly and given something so far below the quality of instruction she was getting,” one parent said.

From Anxiety To Joy: Stories Of Chicago’s Contentious Return To The Classroom

For some, reopening doors has caused them to fear for their safety. For others, it’s been a relief, injecting normalcy into difficult times.

Locked Out Of Digital Classrooms, CPS Teachers Take Fight Against In-Person Learning To Del Valle’s Door

Teachers attempting to sign in to virtual classrooms were blocked Tuesday after the district locked out teachers who refused to return to the classroom because of coronavirus.

Teacher At Uptown’s McCutcheon School Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Forcing Principal, 4 Others Into Quarantine

School will continue as planned despite the positive cases, CPS said. But staffers say they're concerned it took days to notify others about the infection.

Making Teachers Do Remote And In-Person Lessons At Same Time Is Like ‘Trying To Ride 2 Horses With 1 Ass,’ Ald. Says

A City Council hearing aimed to force CPS officials to answer questions on the school reopening plan, but Chicago Teachers Union officials weren't invited, angering aldermen.

Chicago Schools Create Once-Monthly Coronavirus Testing Program For Staff As Students Return

While teachers have been asking the district to implement testing of students and staff if they are to return, CPS' plan applies only to staff on a once-monthly, voluntary basis.

As Chicago Kids Head Back To School After 300 Days At Home, Some Parents Are Relieved — But Teachers Worry

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS chief Janice Jackson have said schools are safe for in-person learning. Teachers disagree.

CPS Employee Made $121,000 While Living In California, Not Working, Watchdog Says

In another incident, a former principal called in sick to play a music festival with his band in Las Vegas and then lied to investigators about it, according to the report.

No More Outdoor Winter Classrooms — Especially When Kids Are Back, CPS CEO Tells Brentano Teachers

CPS CEO Janice Jackson on Tuesday also said her team reached out to the teachers to remind them of the district's "expectations," but teachers said they received no such communication.

Half Of Chicago Teachers Ordered Back To Classrooms Stayed Home Monday, CPS Says

More teachers are now saying they'll work from home, the CTU says. But CPS' leader warned teachers could be fired.

Chicago Teachers Work Outside In 27-Degree Weather To Protest CPS Reopening Plan

"If we move forward with this plan as it stands, it's a statistical certainty that staff, families and students will get sick," one teacher said.

Portage Park School Staff Returns For The First Time Since Coronavirus Hit Campus In March

Vaughn Occupational, which serves students with complex disabilities, was the first CPS school to have an employee diagnosed with coronavirus. Now, staffers are returning — nervously.

Some CPS Teachers Refusing To Return To In-Person Learning Due To Coronavirus: ‘I Am In Fear For My Life’

"I feel like CPS is destroying remote education for the many that have chosen it, and in particular for the Black and Brown majority that have chosen remote because they want to stay home and stay safe."

Chicago Teachers, Families Worried As Schools Near Reopening: ‘CPS Is Not Prepared To Bring Kids Back Safely’

Teachers say the district has failed to provide answers on COVID-19 testing, mask enforcement and other vital things that should be discussed before heading back to the classroom.

Chicago Plans To Reopen Schools, Close Budget Gap With $720 Million In Anticipated Stimulus Funds

So far, Chicago’s school-related emergency expenditures have totaled $75 million this year, including $42 million in technology purchases, CPS CEO Janice Jackson said.

Local School Councils Pushing Chicago Public Schools To Halt Reopening Efforts: ‘We Reject This Plan’

At least three local school councils have passed resolutions asking CPS to halt its school reopening plans, saying it's not safe for students, teachers and families at this stage of the pandemic.

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