As Chicago Public Schools reopen, district vows to hold employees accountable

By: | January 12, 2021

On Monday, the first wave of Chicago Public Schools students returned to classrooms, a day nearly 10 months in the making. While more than 6,500 students in prekindergarten and special education programs selected the learn-at-school option, CPS on Monday did not provide the number of students who ultimately showed up.

About 71% of teachers and 81% of paraprofessional staff expected back went to schools Monday, slightly higher than the percentage of teachers who did so last week, according to data provided by CPS. More than 500 teachers were missing. An additional 235 employees failed health screens.

For 145 staff members who did not show up Monday, the district will lock them out of their Google Classroom and email accounts, and will withhold pay starting Tuesday until they report to schools, CPS said. That’s out of the 210 staff members who were given final warnings last week.

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