Training underway for CPS ‘Safe Passage’ program

The men and women who will help protect Chicago Public School students as they walk to their new schools, thanks to historic school closings, are receiving their training.

About 250 people are attending the second day of “Safe Passage” training at the Lindblom Math and Science Academy at 61st and Wolcott.

They are participating in activities, practicing scenarios, and listening to guest speakers.

One drill involved building little towers out of newspapers, and then placing eggs on top. The eggs represent the kids.

“We have to put an importance on communication with the school staff, the police and everybody. So, cause shootings happen. It happens,” said Renard Williams, a “Safe Passage” worker.

Another group of people begin Monday, and training will take place throughout the school year.

600 “Safe Passage” workers will be ready to go on the first day of school, which is August 26th.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this report.

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