Chicago schools return to in-person learning

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Obama Presidential Center at Jackson Park on September 28, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. - The 700-million-dollar project has been six years in the making and the center is scheduled to open in 2025. (Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP) (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Obama Presidential Center at Jackson Park on September 28, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 11:28 AM PT – Thursday, January 13, 2022

Parents in Chicago are breathing a sigh of relief as their children are returning to school after an entire week of not having classes. The Chicago Teacher’s Union narrowly voted to reinstate in-person learning by making a deal with the city’s government.

“I’m pleased to report that the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted to end their work stoppage, ” announced Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Their agreement will focus on having COVID safety measures to protect the health of both teachers and students. These measures include providing masks to schools for distribution as well as testing asymptomatic students and staff on a weekly basis. Both parties also agreed to let schools decide if a class needs to be remote, which is dependent on teacher and student attendance.

“This agreement is the only modicum of safety that is available for anyone who that steps foot in a Chicago public school, especially in the places in the city where testing is low and where vaccination rates are low,” said Stacey Davis Gates, member of the Chicago Teachers Union.

In-person classes are expected to return this week with the new guidelines in place with parents being relieved after seeing their children struggle during with virtual learning.

According to union officials, the new agreement is only the beginning of their efforts to ensure the safety of both students and staff amidst the spread of the Omicron variant.

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