“Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS leadership again flatly refused this weekend to consider using CPS’ four vaccination sites to facilitate getting shots to students and their families, or to facilitate getting vaccine to CPS families in cooperation with the Union. Instead, the mayor’s Chicago Department of Public Health Director Alison Arwady told the CTU at the bargaining table this weekend that she was unconcerned about bringing thousands of unvaccinated teens back into school buildings in a week,” the union said in a statement. “Instead, Arwady reaffirmed CPS’ position to continue to rely on the mayor’s ‘Hunger Games’ system of vaccine distribution, which has made it enormously difficult for residents in South and West side neighborhoods ravaged by COVID to access shots.”
CPS and Lightfoot have held firm on plans to reopen high schools on April 19, but union leaders have said that plan should be delayed for at least a week.READ MORE: 3 Men Injured In River North Parking Garage Shooting, One Identified In Video As Rapper Lil Reese; Officer's Gun Also Accidentally Discharged
In a letter to high school families on Sunday, CPS officials said they “are firmly committed to welcoming back all interested high school students when the new quarter begins” on April 19.