Chicago public schools cancel classes after union backs remote learning

Chicago public schools cancel classes after union backs remote learning


Public schools in Chicago – the nation’s third-largest district – will be canceled Wednesday after a teachers’ union voted to switch to remote learning amid the latest COVID-19 surge.

District officials announced the closure late Tuesday following the union action that called for virtual instruction until union leaders approve an agreement with the district over pandemic safety protocols or until coronavirus “cases substantially subside.”

About 73 percent of union members approved the vote which comes as the labor group and school officials tangle over current safety protocols at the roughly 350,000-student school system.

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“This decision was made with a heavy heart and a singular focus on student and community safety,” the union said in a statement.

The district’s plans for the remainder

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