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Chicago schools to begin fall remotely, dropping hybrid plan

Chicago schools to begin fall remotely, dropping hybrid plan

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CHICAGO — Chicago students will begin the fall with all-remote instruction, officials said Wednesday as they backed away from tentative plans to have most kids return to the classroom for two days a week.

Chicago Public Schools in mid-July unveiled a hybrid plan combining in-person and virtual learning for the fall semester, which begins Sept. 8.

At the time, officials said the plan was subject to change depending on families’ feedback and how the coronavirus was faring in the area.

On Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot attributed the shift to a recent uptick in confirmed coronavirus cases.

The district also said in a statement that a survey of families showed 41% of elementary school parents and 38% of high school parents would not send their children to school buildings.

The Chicago Teachers Union also firmly opposed the district’s hybrid proposal and called for virtual instruction to start the year.

Union officials argued that it wasn’t possible to keep staff and more than 300,000 students safe in hundreds of schools around the city. The union also took preliminary steps this week toward a strike vote by its members if the district's proposal for in-person instruction went forward.

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