Many CPS Teachers, Students Miss First Make-Up Day From Strike

Mike Krauser
November 27, 2019 - 12:04 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Wednesday would have been a holiday for CPS students, but its the first make-up day following the teacher's strike, and for many, it is still a holiday. 

WBBM Newsradio's Mike Krauser went Wednesday morning to William K. New Sullivan Elementary School during what should have been a hectic drop-off time, but there were far fewer drop offs than a typical school day; and parents who were dropping off their kids were not exactly pleased, including Joe Garcia, whose Thanksgiving plans were interrupted.

"We had already planned taking off this morning," he said. "But because this is a make up day, we had to come bring him in."

WBBM: And it is pretty empty today isn't it?

"Yeah, it looks like it. I guess everyone decided to carry on in their plans.

Akira Marshall was also dropping off her son.

"My son really didn't want to be in here today, but I guess they tried to butter them up with doing a Thanksgiving in the classroom," she said. "But I think they should have gave them this day off."

A teacher said many of her colleagues would not be in class, because they too had plans.

CPS has scheduled two more makeup days on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, cutting short winter break by two days; and two more on June 17 and June 18, extending the end of the school year by two days.