CHICAGO (CBS) — Hours at schools currently open during the teachers’ strike will be expanded, starting Thursday.

Currently, the 147 Children First sites are open for half-days (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). On Thursday, CPS will extend the hours to be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The city is offering the locations to help parents who do not have day care alternatives while teachers are on strike.

Children First sites have capacity for 150,000 students, CPS said in a news release. Instruction cannot take place at Children First sites, so children are participating in multiple activities, including reading, drawing, recreation and writing.

Online learning in computer facilities at schools, include:

  • Khan Academy: Khan Academy’s library of videos covers K-12 math, science, finance and history.
  • Discovery Kids: Discovery Kids includes innovative games, activities, quizzes and articles.
  • Sophia (with Capella University): Sophia is a free social education platform that provides more than 25,000 credible academic tutorials.

For high school students, CPS will provide opportunities to read, plan for career and college programs, and there is special online coursework available for seniors so they can keep up with learning and preparing for college.

For more information, visit the Chicago Public Schools website.


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