Educators struggle to access vaccines, as mayor’s hand-picked school board still insists on forcing 10,000 more unvaccinated workers to teach in-person by Feb. 1.
- 4:30 p.m., TODAY, Monday, Jan. 25: press conference — CTU rank and file members, officers on Biden pledge to reopen schools. Reporters, please register at this link. The Union will also livestream this availability on our Facebook page.
CHICAGO—Rank and file CTU members will react to President Joe Biden’s urging today that school districts provide sweeping testing, contact tracing, safe ventilation systems, vaccinations for educators and school community members and more as districts move to reopen schools to in-person learning.
Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot’s insistence on reopening all elementary school classrooms without vaccinating educators by February 1 regardless of the risk to staff and students from the pandemic comes as thousands of CTU members are struggling to receive accommodations to remain teaching remotely to protect their own health or that of a beloved household member.
Rank and file educators and CTU officers will respond to the President’s remarks at a press availability TODAY at 4:30 p.m., Monday, January 25 via zoom.
CPS has rejected adopting a nationally recognized health metric to determine if schools should be open or remain remote, rejected moving educators back into classrooms as they’re vaccinated, and rejected or ignored thousands of requests from educators for health accommodations for themselves or household members with cancer, hypertension, heart disease and other health conditions that put them at higher risk of COVID sickness and death.
Charter operators that include Passages, Epic, Latino Youth and Acero — one of CPS’ largest charter networks — have elected to remain remote until at least April when workers will have wider access to vaccines and the pandemic is under better control.