Chicago Schools Shut For 2nd Day Over Virus Safety Protocols

Adan Meza, 29, a teacher at Benito Juarez High School, poses for a photo as he protests with other members of the Chicago Teachers Union and supporters while the union stages a car caravan protest outside City Hall in the Loop, Wednesday evening, Jan. 5, 2022. Chicago school leaders canceled classes in the nation’s third-largest school district for the second straight day after failing to reach an agreement with the teachers union over remote learning and other COVID-19 safety protocols. (Ashlee Rezin /Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

(AP) — Thousands of Chicago students remain out of school for a second straight day after leaders of the nation’s third-largest school district failed to resolve a deepening clash with the influential teachers union over COVID-19 safety protocols.

The Chicago Teachers Union voted to revert to online instruction and told teachers to stay home Wednesday while the sides negotiated. The move just two days after students returned from winter break prompted district officials to cancel classes. Schools remain closed Thursday.

Chicago Public Schools officials have rejected a return to remote learning, saying it worsens racial inequities and is detrimental to academic performance, mental health and attendance.


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