Temporary COVID Safety Agreement will bring teachers back to CPS schools on Tuesday, students return in person on Wednesday – Greeley Tribune

Chicago (CBS) – With a tentative COVID-19 safety agreement, teachers will return to Chicago public schools on Tuesday, and students will return in person on Wednesday.

There will be no classes for students on Tuesday.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot said, “I want to say that CPS has put a great offer on the table that the two bargaining teams discussed in detail throughout the day.” “Now, we’ll be able to get teachers back to class tomorrow and our kids back on Wednesday.”

The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted 63-37 Monday night to suspend a remote work action taken by the union last week. CPS responded by canceling classes altogether.

“It’s been a very unpleasant experience,” CTU President Jesse Sharkey said late Monday. “CTU felt that we were asking for a set of appropriate things – obviously in the form of teachers who have been in buildings since the beginning of the school year.”

The suspension of remote work action comes as rank-and-file union membership votes on a proposed agreement with Chicago public schools on COVID-19 safety.

“We know this has been very difficult for students and families,” Lightfoot said. “Our goal throughout this process was to get our students back to in-person learning as quickly as possible, and to prevent work disruptions for the rest of the school year.”

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Kozlov asked Mayor Lightfoot if there was any guarantee that rank-and-file teachers would personally remain on the job if they voted down the proposal.

“I’m going to emphasize the positive,” Lightfoot said. “I think it is worthwhile that the House of Delegates voted to end the work stoppage – and certainly my hope is that the rank-and-file teachers who will vote, we are told, this week. At the end of the year, will confirm the agreement.”

The mayor indicated that his office and the CPS had reached agreement on a number of key points important to the union – establishing metrics where individual schools would move to remote, more thorough contact tracing and advanced testing layers.

“It’s not an agreement that had everything. It’s not a perfect agreement,” Sharkey said. “But it’s something we can keep our heads up about — partly because it was so hard to get to.” “

It comes after four days of no classes for CPS students and a contentious battle between the mayor’s office and the union. A fifth day will, of course, be added on Tuesday. On Monday morning, a car caravan gathered in the Loop as a show of solidarity for the Chicago Teachers’ Union – leading to a standoff for others around lunchtime on Monday.

“Basically, the mayor is being relentless; but she is constantly being stupid. She is constantly being stubborn. She is constantly refusing to take accommodations,” CTU President Jesse Sharkey said Monday morning. “And we Trying to find a way to get people back to school.”

Over the weekend, a Chicago public school spokesman said the district had agreed to provide KN95 masks to students and staff and to allow schools to reinstate health checklists. The district rejected the union’s proposal for an opt-out testing program that would allow schools to test all students as long as the parents refused consent.

Before Monday night, Mayor Lightfoot had not publicly questioned teachers’ work stalling since Thursday. In a weekend tweet, he thanked government JB Pritzker for agreeing to sell the CPS 350,000 rapid antigen tests widely criticized for not responding to the state’s offer of COVID help for weeks was done.

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Now it is not clear how many days, if any, students will have to make up as they may have missed five days. It is also unclear whether teachers will be paid for any given day.