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Host school contingency sites if Chicago teachers strike

Chicago Public Schools District 299 has provided a list of schools and faith-based organizations where children may go in the event there is a strike on Monday.

“We are strongly encouraging all parents to first explore other options for their children. We know that a strike will put a strain on many families, and no one will be hurt more by a strike than our students. … For families that are not able to access alternative options for their children, the “Children First” plan is a safety net to provide a safe environment, food, and engaging activities,” the CPS website stated.

The contingency sites will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. every day of any strike by Chicago teachers. Many of the faith-based “Safe Haven” sites will extend their day until 2 p.m.

Parents are advised to register their children BEFORE a strike—ASAP—by noting their children’s Student ID number (available on their last report card, their high school ID, or from their school’s principal), using the registration tool from CPS, here.

We retrieved the lists provided by CPS of the host schools on Saturday. They are sorted by ZIP code. Hopefully, there’s one near you. All files are in PDF format:

Please pass this along to parents who may not have Internet access. They can sign their students up by calling “311” from within the city of Chicago.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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