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The CTU has been in close communication with CPS officials about the district’s response to the COVID-19 occurrence at Vaughn Occupational High School. We understand this is uncharted territory. This moment, however, demands leadership and partnership among those of us charged with maintaining the health and safety of students and educators. Please take a few minutes to send a letter to the mayor and to members of the Chicago Board of Education requesting that they:

  • Meet regularly with CTU representatives and City health officers;
  • Pay all school employees if schools are closed;
  • Immediately extend paid sick leave to at least 15 days for families; and
  • Immediately suspend use of the CPS School Ratings Quality Policy (SQRP), given its reliance on attendance and the perverse incentives the policy creates.