CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools students and teachers are back in the classroom Monday morning despite concerns over the district’s COVID-19 safety plan amid surging cases.
Parents along with members of the Chicago Teachers Union held a press conference at Park Manor Elementary Monday morning, expressing their concerns about students returning to the classroom. They said they will keep kids in remote learning until they see a change in Covid testing protocols as the state deals with the spread of the Omicron variant.
The parents biggest concern is the alleged failed Covid tests they say were spoiled after being collected last week.
According to CPS, more than 35,000 staff and students have been tested for COVID-19 in the last week. Nearly 25,000 of the tests were determined to be invalid.
The district said that could mean that some tests were not delivered to the testing facility in time for them to be processed before classes begin.
This comes as Illinois and Cook County are seeing a COVID-19 surge hit the highest levels on record.
Parents said the school district is putting their children in a dangerous learning environment when they don’t have to be.
Parents also said children who did not return to the classroom Monday would be marked absent.