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Chicago mayor tests positive for Covid a day after school reopening agreement was announced

The news came about 5 hours after Lightfoot announced that it and the Chicago Teachers Union had ended a tense standoff over the safety of children and staff returning to school amid the Omicron surge. The teachers have stayed at home since last Wednesday because they argued that the classroom conditions were too dangerous.

The announcement comes as the city’s teachers’ union prepares to distribute ballots to thousands of Chicago public school educators who ultimately decide to uphold a tentative deal with the city to resume in-person classes. .

If grassroots teachers vote against the deal, CTU President Jesse Sharkey told members on Tuesday that union group leaders will meet again as early as Wednesday afternoon to decide when to resume a work stoppage that interrupted four days of class.

Critics immediately seized on Lightfoot’s statement that she would “continue to work from home” on Tuesday, ask on twitter why teachers should return to work in person.

During negotiations, CTU asked for the option to allow distance learning, but Lightfoot refused. She said her concerns were based on the distance learning experience last year in which 100,000 children dropped out of the school system by not going online. Leaders across the country, including President Joe Biden, have insisted that students stay in classrooms.

The mayor’s office has refused to release information about how Lightfoot contracted Covid-19. His contacts close to the town hall have been identified, and a majority, “if not all”, are boosted, according to the source.

Lightfoot wore a mask in public on Monday but spoke that evening on a podium without a face cover. Union representatives held their own press conference virtually.




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