Chicago Teachers Union Says Delta Variant Opens Door to “In-Person Teaching Break”
The Chicago Teachers Union is calling for a stricter approach to tackling the delta variant of the coronavirus before the new school year, suggesting that in-person teaching could again be halted if cases continue to rise.
In a Wednesday letter Addressed to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Public School officials and school board members, CTU said “the new pandemic variants pose immediate threats to the health of everyone in Chicago, but especially our unvaccinated student population “.
CAT applauded Democratic Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s recent mask tenure for students returning to school this fall, regardless of their immunization status, but said its “school communities need more than of the mask to ensure safety – especially as we continue to learn more about the delta variant ”.
CTU has listed the recommendations for ensuring safety. Among these was maintaining criteria and health measures based on the prevalence of COVID “to suspend in-person instruction.”
From now on, CPS students are expected to resume classes on August 31.
CPS elementary and middle school students returned to part-time face-to-face teaching in February, while high school students returned in April, after a year of distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As in many large school districts across the country, negotiations to return CPS students to in-person learning proved to be tedious as the school district and union clashed with the idea.
The opportunity to suspend in-person teaching again comes amid a nationwide increase in the most contagious variant of COVID-19.
Last week, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten was fired after suggesting that reopening schools this fall was not a done deal.