CPS Releases List of Schools Open to Students in Event of Strike: To Cross the Picket Line or Not?

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lane Tech teachers attended an informational picket demonstration on Western Avenue. Credit: Mike Fourcher

As part of its “Children First” contingency plan in the event of a teachers strike on Sept. 10, Chicago Public Schools released a list of locations open to students for supervision, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Elementary schools in Center Square and Roscoe View territory are Bell, 3730 N. Oakley, and McPherson, 4728 N. Wolcott. Neither has been designated a “special ed cluster.”

High schools: Lane Tech, 2501 W. Addison; Amundsen, 5110 N. Damen; Roosevelt, 3436 W. Wilson; and Northside College Prep (hey, you can finally say your kid goes to Northside), 5501 N. Kedzie. Only Lane Tech has been designated a special ed cluster.

Though not confirmed by CPS, we’ve been told these locations will be staffed by administrators (principals, assistant principals), security and non-union CPS employees. Activities, but not instruction, are expected to be provided; breakfast and lunch will be served.

Parents need to sign up to reserve a spot for their student here; a student ID number is required (found on all CPS progress reports and report cards or by visiting the Manage Students page in the CPS Parent Portal).

CTU has labeled these sites “scab schools.” The question for parents out there: Do you cross the picket line or not?


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