CPS Will Ask Parents, Others For Feedback On Reopening Plans

Craig Dellimore
July 13, 2020 - 2:23 pm
In a press conference Monday, Mayor Lightfoot reminded residents COVID-19 is still prevalent.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lightfoot said Chicago Public School officials will reach out to parents and others as they decide if—and how—classroom learning will resume this fall.

Mayor Lightfoot is not divulging any details about the plan CPS is formulating for the reopening of the city’s school buildings, but she said CPS officials will engage with parents and other community members, looking for feedback on potential plans for reopening classrooms and welcoming students back. It’s about keeping everyone as safe as possible.

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"The best plans that I have seen around the country, not one of them can eliminate the risk entirely of a COVID infection, so we have to be realistic about what we are talking about," she said.

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But she said, everything will depend on the medical guidelines and Chicago’s COVID numbers.

"We need to be realistic about what we need to do to mitigate risk and mitigate the opportunities for spread, and I think CPS has come up with a framework that starts to address those issues; but we really need to make sure parents in particular are brought into the conversation," Lightfoot said.

A reporter asked about European schools that reopened with no requirement for masks on the students. The Mayor says there’s no comparison.

"I don't see a world in which we are going to send kids back to school where they are not going to engage in social distancing and wear masks is not going to be a significant component in mitigating the spread of the virus," Lightfoot said.

Lightfoot said expect the framework to be laid out soon.