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In-person classes resume Wednesday in Chicago Public Schools after a week of cancellations

Jan. 11, 2022
Teachers union agrees to return; members expressed concern that the prevalence of Covid-19 cases made in-person classes too risky.

In-person classes in Chicago Public Schools have resumed Wednesday after the Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates approved a return plan.

The Chicago Tribune reports that in addition to a return to in-person teaching, the plan the House of Delegates approved will set conditions by which an individual school would return to remote learning.

Classes in the school system have been halted since last week. There will be no Tuesday classes--the fifth day of cancellation--but teachers will report to schools for planning.

Teachers union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates called the agreement “the only modicum of safety” in district schools.

Union leaders had argued that teaching remotely was preferable to losing more instruction time altogether.

Districtwide, about 7,500 students and nearly 2,100 adults are in isolation because they tested positive or in quarantine because they came in contact with an infected person, according to district figures. 

About the Author

Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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