World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 22 Mar, 2021 17:45 am

Chicago school attendance figures show less than a quarter of students actually going to schools in person

Chicago school attendance figures show less than a quarter of students actually going to schools in person
The Lightfoot administration and district officials are doing everything they can to bring more students back into classrooms, including revoking teacher accommodations allowing them to teach remotely.

After weeks of stonewalling, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released attendance figures indicating just 24 percent of students were actually participating in in-person learning.According to the data, 49,281 students have attended in-person learning in school buildings at least once between February 11 and March 12.CPS officials claim 73 percent of students who opted in to in-person learning show up to schools each day on average.The release of these partial attendance figures show that interest has continued to fall for in-person learning since CPS asked parents to opt-in in December.

Just hours before the March 19 deadline for parents to opt-in to in-person learning for their students, the district announced it would be extending the deadline through Tuesday, March 23.The Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee is independent of the CTU and Democratic Party and aims to unite educators, parents, students and the broader working class to prepare strike action to close all schools and nonessential workplaces.

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