CTU hosts meeting for parents to weigh in on remote learning

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CHICAGO — Parents of children in the Chicago Public Schools system had the chance to weigh in on how remote learning is working for them and what isn’t working Thursday evening. 

The Chicago Teacher’s Union hosted a virtual meeting Thursday night starting at 5 pm, after saying they’re eager for feedback after the district announced plans to return to in-person learning in January. 

The deadline to submit learning preference forms, which CPS parents should have received, is fast approaching as they are due on December 7. 

“If there’s a vaccine coming soon, why the rush to pack in the schools and risk lives? Sounds reckless?” a Facebook comment read from a parent.

The chance to chat came after CPS announced last month that in-person learning for pre-k and special needs students will come back in January.

CTU leaders and some parents said CPS does not have enough of a detailed plan for a safe return.

In a statement, CTU’s Vice President Stacy Davis Gates said: 

“The mayor and CPS have consistently locked both families and educators out of its decisions related to in-person learning. Tonight’s meeting is an opportunity for parents to ask questions and organize around a safe plan to reopen our school buildings and make remote learning more sustainable for students, families and school staff.”

CTU President Stacy Davis Gates

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