Chicago schools cancel classes for a 2nd day after union backs remote learning

Chicago schools cancel classes for a 2nd day after union backs remote learning


Classes at Chicago schools will be canceled for a second consecutive day on Thursday amid an impasse between district leaders and the teacher’s union over COVID-19 safety protocols.

“We have no choice but to cancel classes tomorrow,” Schools CEO Pedro Martinez said at a Wednesday evening news conference.

There were no classes Wednesday in the nation’s third-largest school district after the Chicago Teachers Union voted a day earlier to switch to remote learning amid the latest coronavirus surge and while the two sides negotiate a deal.

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Chicago school officials have insisted on keeping in-person instruction, saying the remote option was ineffective and detrimental to children’s mental health.

The union feels current protocols leave both teachers and students at the roughly 350,000-student school system

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