The Safe Passage program is being expanded to protect kids who may have to travel through dangerous neighborhoods.
CPS will mail back-to-school packets on Monday. The packets will include maps that show the new routes.
CPS says they selected the routes after months of input from community members, teachers, principals, students, parents and police. Efforts included inspecting abandoned buildings, cleaning up graffiti, repairing sidewalks, and fixing street lights.
“Each district commander is working closely with the principals at every single school in their district to develop a unique school plan for each one of the schools in the city,”
said Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.
Prior to the new routes, the Safe Passage program was in effect at 39 schools.
600 new safety workers will patrol these routes, and they are expected to be trained next week.
The first day of school is August 26th.
For more information, go to: cps.edu/safepassage