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Gisselle Baltazar, center, and her parents, Maria Baltazar and Samuel Baltazar at their home in the Rogers Park neighborhood on Jan. 10, 2022 in Chicago, Ill. Samuel Baltazar believes distance learning is the safest option for his daughter at this time. Photo by Leslie Hurtado/ Borderless Magazine
Union members will vote on the proposed agreement later this week. But with the union’s House of Delegates vote last night ending their action, educators went back to work today to plan classes for the rest of the week.
Gisselle Baltazar takes notes after watching a movie assigned to her film class while her parents watch TV in their living room on January 11, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Leslie Hurtado/ Borderless Magazine.
“I think my mother is more likely to be infected by the virus,” she said. “Going back to class would put my mother at risk, and that would scare me. So that’s the reason I got the booster shot: to keep my family safe.”
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Now through December 14, 2018, you can go to www.go.cps.edu and learn about applying to CPS preschool through high school programs. Applications are open and you can apply to schools and schedule tests or entrance exams through the December deadline.
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The demands echoed one of the safety protocols the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) requested, but did not receive, during a standoff with CPS management that resulted in five days of canceled classes before students returned to school early last week.
Students expressed their disappointment with the mayor-who refused to allow distance learning-chanting, “Hey, hey! Lori Lightfoot has got to go!” and “Show me what democracy looks like! This is democracy!”
Many students reported that school administrators said they would be disciplined if they attended the protest, an issue CPS addressed in a statement issued later Friday:
“There were no situations where students were prohibited from leaving any school. The district fully supports civic engagement” and “participation, in and of itself, would not be grounds for punishment under CPS policies.”
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But Troy LaRaviere, president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, said in a virtual briefing Wednesday that an estimated 36,500 students were absent out of 107,000 enrolled in the 225 schools whose administrators responded to the survey-a 34% absence rate.
But principals have to go to schools whether or not there are classes, LaRaviere said, “So if you have principals who say buildings need to be closed and something needs to be addressed … they need to put aside their talking points and really listen and hear what they’re trying to tell them.”
Glenbard West’s community came out in full force Saturday, filling Wintrust Arena with fans who let the Sierra Canyon superstars from Los Angeles know right from the start that Amari Bailey’s homecoming wasn’t going to be a tepid celebration.