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Chicago Public Schools poised to resume in-person learning Wednesday after dayslong standoff

Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot speaks to reporters after meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel at City Hall, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, the day after she defeated Toni Preckwinkle in a runoff election. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago Public Schools poised to resume in-person learning Wednesday after dayslong standoff

Heather Hamilton January 10, 11:45 PMJanuary 10, 11:45 PM

The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates approved a proposal for Chicago Public Schools to resume in-person learning, paving the way for classes to start on Wednesday.

The union for Chicago teachers refused in-person lessons, seeking a remote alternative amid a surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the omicron variant, causing the last four days of cancellations. The House of Delegates’ approval will go to a rank-and-file union vote this week.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced late Monday night the approved proposal also established guidelines for when schools will shift to virtual learning, determined by the ratio of staff absences and the number of students in quarantine or isolation. Periods of higher community COVID-19 transmission could also apply.

“We can never forget the impact on the lives of our children and their families. They must always be front and center,” Lightfoot said. “Every decision has to be made with them at the forefront.”

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Lightfoot, a Democrat, praised her team and thanked parents for their input and support. She added there were no real winners in this situation.

“No one wins when our students are out of the place where they can learn the best and where they’re safest,” Lightfoot said.

The mayor said she hopes this is the last time closures like this take place, “at least for this school year.”

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The teachers union had argued for virtual learning through Jan. 18 amid the surge in COVID-19 cases.

As of Monday, Chicago Public Schools reportedly had 7,500 students and more than 2,000 adults in isolation or quarantine.

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