By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago plans to roll out a pilot program later this month aimed at cutting down the number of students in quarantine after an exposure to COVID-19.

Currently, unvaccinated Chicago Public Schools students have to isolate for 10 days following close contact to someone with COVID-19.

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The new program would let students who test negative return to in-person class. District CEO Pedro Martinez says the program will start this month and be “in full force” by Christmas.

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Over the last month, there’s been an average of roughly 4,000 quarantined students a week in the nation’s third-largest school district.

Parents and teachers say it is disruptive particularly after pandemic-related closures and remote learning in the last two academic years.

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CBS 2 Chicago Staff