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Chicago union leaders approve plan to return to in-person classes: NPR


Cheri Warner (left) stands with her daughter, Brea, and speaks on Monday for the Chicago School District and Teachers Union to focus on getting students back to class in Chicago.

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Chicago union leaders approve plan to return to in-person classes: NPR

Cheri Warner (left) stands with her daughter, Brea, and speaks on Monday for the Chicago School District and Teachers Union to focus on getting students back to class in Chicago.

Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

CHICAGO – Schools in Chicago are set to resume classes after leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union approved a plan with the district on COVID-19 safety protocols.

The two sides had been stuck in a stalemate that canceled classes for four days in the country’s third largest district. The full deal, which would have students in class on Wednesday and teachers a day earlier, still requires approval from the union’s 25,000 full members.

Neither side immediately disclosed the details on Monday evening.

The problems on the table have been measures to close schools amid outbreaks and extensive COVID-19 testing.

The Chicago Teachers Union voted last week to return to online teaching and told teachers not to show up in person at schools as negotiations continued. District officials argued that schools are safe, that a return to distance learning alone is not a good option, and have blocked teachers from accessing online education systems. Meanwhile, families rushed to adjust just two days after the students returned to class after winter break.


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