CHICAGO — Thursday is the last day of school for Chicago Public School students.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot marked the day by joining CPS and CPD officials to celebrate Safe Passage workers.
On school days, 1,300 workers are deployed across the city to help students get to class safely.
Many of them gathered for an end-of-the-school-year rally at Chicago State University.
Mayor Lightfoot noted that a recent study found the 9-year old safe passage program has resulted in a 14% decrease in violence along safe passage routes. And student attendance in schools is up.
She pledged that safety in schools and on the streets leading to them is her administration's top priority.
Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said the Mayor's appearance at the rally and the big turnout by Safe Passage workers shows the commitment to the program remains strong.