FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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CPS Office of Communications
CHICAGO — Even as negotiators continue to work toward a final contract agreement, Chicago Public Schools today is sharing comprehensive strike contingency plans that will provide safe spaces and meals to Chicago students who need them. In the event of a strike, all CPS schools will remain open during their regular bell schedules and will provide a free breakfast and lunch to students who need them. As was the case in 2012, all classes and extracurricular activities will be cancelled in the event of a strike.
“A strike can be averted, because we can all agree that teachers deserve a raise, which is why we are offering teachers a healthy net raise for all their hard work. To make sure children’s academic progress isn’t interrupted, CPS will work tirelessly at the bargaining table to finalize a deal,” CPS CEO Forrest Claypool said. “If CTU leadership moves forward with a strike, CPS is committed to providing all students with safe environments that will keep them fed and engaged.”
While every CPS school will be open if there is a strike, CPS students can spend the day at any school that is convenient for their families, as long as high schoolers attend high schools and elementary students attend elementary schools.
Additionally, CPS is partnering with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Libraries, and Safe Haven locations throughout the city to provide families with alternative child care options. Safe Passage operations will continue as normal.
Central Office staff will be deployed to schools to serve as support staff and assist with online learning, physical education, and arts & crafts activities to keep students engaged. Additionally, principals, assistant principals, security staff, janitorial staff, and special education classroom assistants will be in their normal schools. Although CPS and city partners are working diligently to ensure students have access to safe and structured locations for the duration of a potential strike, the District encourages families that have other options to make other arrangements.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will provide free transportation to students for the duration of any strike from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m..
Parents can find more information at www.cps.edu/strikeplan. No CPS students will be turned away from any school, though high schoolers are required to go to high schools and elementary school students are required to go to elementary schools . For additional assistance, please contact the City of Chicago hotline by dialing 311.