Chicago reverses course, announces plans to schools remotely fall
Aug 07 2020
During Wednesday's Special School Board meeting, the board was presented a first draft as to what all three instructional models would look like based on the state. If the district is in a high risk category - students will get 2 days of in-person and 3 days of virtual instruction per week.
The school committee voted on the decision Wednesday night, leaving some room for students to potentially come back to the classroom at some point in the school year.
Lynn Public Schools are the latest in MA to opt for remote learning this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Several districts in the area surrounding Chicago have also made a decision to start the fall with all-remote learning after rejecting hybrid plans.
Parents and guardians of the district's 355,000 students have been eyeballing this Friday as the deadline to inform CPS whether their pupils would attend in-person classes or stay home.
'I understand the uncertainty this pandemic has caused our parents, especially communities of color who have been disproportionately impacted. A July survey commissioned by advocacy group Stand for Children Illinois found that 19 percent of the district's parents believed schools should fully reopen, 35 percent supported a hybrid plan, and 40 percent would opt for all-remote learning.
Mayor Lightfoot attributed the change in plans to a recent uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city.
"Here in Chicago, we are in a better place than most other areas in the country and in the surrounding area", Lightfoot said at a press conference.
"For our 6-12 we will be utilizing Edgenuity, which is a virtual online program that is self-paced and they will have virtual instructors", LeCave said. "I will teach 10 of them in person for part of it and then I will teach 10 remotely", she explained.