As a parent of four children in Chicago Public Schools from the Austin community, I am frustrated with the disorganization that has left families with closed schools this week.
While teachers and students’ safety is important, politics should not dictate our children’s education. We must find a quick solution that takes into account the diverse needs of each CPS school. For example, my child’s school has a COVID-19 safety committee that monitors all virus-related matters in the school. If every school had one of these committees, I am confident that we could have safe, comfortable environments for each school. Then, decisions about switching to remote learning could be made at the school level by those closest to the situation.
Ultimately, our children should not be caught in the middle of another disagreement between the mayor and the Chicago Teachers Union.
— Claiborne Wade, Chicago