Thursday, January 6, 2022

340,000 students left in limbo after teachers union votes to not show up for classes

 The Chicago teachers union on Tuesday voted that it would not enter school for in-person classes, leading the city's public schools to cancel all classes on Wednesday.

The union said that amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, existing mitigation measures were not sufficient to protect the health and safety of the teachers, a contention that the school district has rejected, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The district's 340,658 students had returned Monday from their Christmas vacation.

The district had said that if teachers approved what it called an “illegal work stoppage,” it would cancel classes instead of the district returning to remote learning, according to WLS-TV. All other school activities, including sports, were canceled.