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With Strike Over, CPS Sports Can Resume, But Football Delayed

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CHICAGO (CBS) – With teachers and students at Chicago Public Schools going back to school on Wednesday, team sports will also be able to resume, although football games cannot be played on Friday.

Instead, the earliest CPS football teams could play games would be Saturday, due to a rule requiring any team that has not practiced for seven days to have three days of workouts before resuming play.

All other school sports can resume on Thursday.

Although state rules allow team practices during a strike, CPS cancelled all practices while teachers were on strike.

A CPS spokesman said the district is working to tweak football schedules so teams can play on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.

School officials had hoped student athletes could continue competing in athletic events if teachers went on strike, but the Illinois High School Association denied the district a waiver, meaning games could not be played during the strike.

CPS football teams missed a week of games last week, but it’s possible those games could be rescheduled for later in the season.