Chicago Public Schools will start the fall semester remotely, dropping a previously debated hybrid plan, it was announced Wednesday.
A city source emphasized the decision had nothing to do with a potential teachers strike. The district will implement remote learning through the first quarter, which ends November 9, and then will evaluate if it is safe to open in a hybrid learning model.
"I understand the uncertainty this pandemic has caused our parents, especially communities of color who have been disproportionately impacted".
We did not anticipate that over 19,000 students would choose distance learning, and today was the deadline to sign-up for distance-learning.
By August 17th the school board will decide which learning model will be used to start the school year in more detail based on the latest COVID-19 data in Stearns County.
"We now have 10 percent of our student population choosing the online option, so we are expecting 90 percent of our students to come back to us on Friday", LeCave said.
"It doesn't matter if it's in Westchester County, Indiana, Georgia or anywhere else across this state or country, the threat this virus poses remains obvious", Pallotta said. In a notice sent to parents, district officials summarized the plans - including students having the option to receive all virtual instruction. "It's sad that we have to strike or threaten to strike to be heard, but when we fight we win!"
Earlier Tuesday, however, Chicago's health commissioner said she wants children learning in classrooms this fall "if the outbreak is broadly in control". 'This was not an easy decision to make'. School officials said it wouldn't be safe for students to do so while the coronavirus continues to spread.
New York City's reopening plan "lacks specifics" on what happens if there's a positive case. The state's governor hasn't said yet whether he will approve the city's plan.