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Chicago students’ 1st day back following school closures

Chicago Public Schools students will file into their classrooms for the first day of school Monday morning.

And for many of those children, the new school year comes with big changes.

About 12,000 students were displaced after 47 CPS schools were closed.

CPS worked to ease the change and keep students safe.

Parents will be able to identify designated Safe Passage routes that are monitored by hundreds of workers in bright colored vests.

The district hopes these workers will safely navigate students through gang territories and to their new schools.

Some schools will also have smaller staffs after 3,000 layoffs over the summer.

The district is set to counter that with hiring 1,000 teachers.

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