Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced on Wednesday that CPS (Chicago Public Schools) will begin remotely in the Fall.
CPS is the nation’s third-largest school district and had originally planned on implementing hybrid-learning for the start of the new school year, which starts September 8. That would have meant that students would attend in-person class twice a week, and remotely the other three days. This plan has now changed due to the heavy pushback from both the Chicago Teacher’s Union and parents. The new plan to keep classes solely remotely is also due to the rise in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city.
“The decision to start remotely makes sense for a district of CPS’s size and diversity.” Mayor Lightfoot said at the press conference in city hall on Wednesday.
According to the city’s commissioner of the Department of Public Health, Dr. Allison Arwady, in the past month, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been on the rise. With this new plan to begin classes remotely, it will give CPS time to reassess the situation in the city on how classes will resume during the second half of the school year. Wednesday marked the 15th consecutive day that the department of health had reported a rise in confirmed cases with 1,759 new cases.
(Via AP News)