Public health guidance is clear: Any work that CAN be done remotely SHOULD be done remotely. The Chicago Teachers Union continues to lead with our values – including our conviction that students, members and their families deserve safety first and safety always. Every clinician who believes in-person work may be dangerous to them or their family without negotiated protections should email our template letter today.
There needs to be grace and understanding when recognizing the limitations of a purely remote teaching or learning environment. One year of imperfection will not devastate us. But the loss of lives will.
Again, there were no signs posted, no plexi-glass, no floor markings, no wipes available, etc.
CPS and the mayor are putting the health and safety of our members, their families and communities at risk by forcing clerks back into school buildings starting tomorrow, August 26.
Clerks are the heart of school communities, and they deserve the same rights as teachers. They are majority Black and Brown women, heads of household. Their lives matter.
CPS and the mayor may want to pretend this is a normal school year, but it’s not.
CPS must recognize that we are teaching in a pandemic, and provide more for working parents and families
We’ve accepted that this is a pandemic, and we’ve adapted accordingly to serve our school communities. We’re not sure CPS has done the same.