Updated 09/02/14 – 11:42 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds of thousands of Chicago Public Schools students returned to class Tuesday for the first day of the new school year, and many of them were taking advantage of the Safe Passage program for the first time.READ MORE: Suspect Shot, Wounded By Police On Lower Wacker Drive; 2 Others Taken Into Custody After Being Found In Vehicle Taken In Carjacking
CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, for the first time in at least three years, it’s a calm start to school – no teachers’ strike, no mass school closings.
CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Mayor Rahm Emanuel were scheduled to greet students at William Penn Elementary School in the North Lawndale neighborhood.
Students at Penn have three things to look forward to this year: a community peace garden, air conditioning, and a Safe Passage route.