Mayor Lightfoot and CPS insist on forcing 10,000 teachers, librarians, PRSPs, clincians and staff into unsafe buildings on Monday, Jan. 25 — the same day they become eligible for 1B wave of vaccinations.
- 3 p.m. press conference: CTU officers and newly retained CTU medical consultant. Reporters, please register at this link.
CHICAGO, Jan. 21, 2021 — The Chicago Teachers Union will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. TODAY via Zoom to introduce its newly retained medical consultant, who will provide guidance in ongoing advocacy for a safe reopening agreement. CTU rank-and-file nurses, counsel and officers will be available for questions.
Mayor Lightfoot and CPS remain intent on forcing an additional 10,000 educators and support staff back into unsafe buildings on Monday, Jan. 25. Their insistence on reopening comes as the new Biden administration is poised to craft guidance built on the newest science and best practices for safe and effective in-person, remote and hybrid learning.
Unlike other school districts like Houston, CPS and the mayor’s proposal has failed to spell out safety protocols or clear guidance, leaving these decisions to administrators to decide on a school-by-school basis — from unsafe classrooms and workspaces. This has drawn heated opposition from elected officials, parents, educators, clergy and community groups, who decry systemic failures in both the district’s reopening plan and its execution.
Safety complaints continue to pour into the Union since CPS forced thousands of pre-kindergarten and special education cluster teachers back into buildings on Jan. 4. Since then, CTU members have reported positive COVID-19 cases in close to 60 schools in the last two weeks. Safety failures run the gamut, from the lack of PPE, cleaning supplies and portable HEPA filters for classrooms, to CPS’ failure to track students and staff who should be quarantining after exposure to COVID in schools.
Reporters, please register for the 3 p.m. press conference at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U0E_dP9kSOmWUpFeZ6ETcg