CHICAGO (CBS)– Chicago Public Schools middle schoolers are getting ready for their first day back at school.
Sixth through eighth grade students started back to in-person learning Monday.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: State Reports Highest One-Day Death Toll In More Than A Month
Kindergartners and first through fifth graders returned last week.
CPS is still having a trouble finding enough teachers for their classrooms as nearly 4,000 are staying remote. More than 400 teachers are taking an unpaid leave of absence.READ MORE: Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union Say They're Close To A Deal As They Continue Negotiations On COVID Safety
The district wants to hire 600 more substitutes and part-time staff.
On Monday, CPS is also asking families with high schoolers if they want to return to classrooms this year.
The district and the teachers union are meeting this week to talk about how to make that happen.MORE NEWS: Video From Police Shooting That Killed Adam Toledo To Be Released On Thursday, COPA Says
“All elementary grade students that want an option for in-person, which is really good,” said CPS CEO Janice Jackson.