Chicago Public School Students Plan to Protest In-Person Learning

Chicago Public School students attending in-person learning during COVID-19 surge in August 2021. (Photo credit: Block Club Chicago/Chicago Public Schools/Facebook)

By: Nana Aduba-Amoah

Although the latest COVID-19 surge appears to be milder, yet, more infectious than previous years, some Chicagoans are still hesitant about gathering in large groups, including Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students.

A recent news report from ABC7 News announced that CPS students are planning on protesting being mandated to attend in-person classes for the 2022 fiscal year on Friday, January 14.

Some students were upset about CPS decision to return to in-person learning on Wednesday after days of deliberation, without considering the sentiments of students.

A few parents are also questioning the idea of students returning to class after an incident occurred in Taft High School, where students were unsupervised and fighting in a flooded hallway.

“There’s all these kids, not enough teachers, not enough substitute teachers,” said CPS parent Mylissa Genero, according to ABC7 News. “They’re all going into the gym. How is that preventing the spread?”

CPS students expect that the walkout will bring attention to the benefits of remote learning, according to The TRiiBE.  Chi-Rads, one of the organizations spearheading the protest, tweeted that the walkout will occur at various CPS school districts around 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

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