CPS unveils safe passage routes for school year

safepassageroutesChicago Public Schools unveils Friday the new routes some students will have to take to their new schools, thanks to historic, school closings. 50 schools have been shut-down.

The Safe Passage program is being expanded to protect kids who may have to travel through dangerous neighborhoods.

See complete Safe Passage Map

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

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2 comments

  • James

    Ok so all this construction and 600 more people hired for this….why did they bother closing the schools in the first place?

  • joe

    600 safety workers? Waht a joke! We have a police department in Chicago, don't we?? And what about the rest of the City school routes to school? What about the rest of the CPS school children? Are the streets in all neighborhoods being licked clean? I glad the District Commander are working closely with the school principals. I hope the District Commander have told there officers to start locking up the criminals that plague these streets. Clean up all you want, if Chicago is not willing to have their police make arrest, nothing will change. Please prove for once that this is not a lot of fluff, and there's some substance to this strategy.

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