CHICAGO (CBS)– Classes are canceled at Chicago Public Schools Wednesday.
This means there will be no in-person or remote instruction.READ MORE: Chicago Has 'Formally Passed The Omicron Peak' As New COVID-19 Infections Decline, Hospitalizations Level Off, Top Doc Says
The announcement came late Tuesday night from CPS Chief Executive Officer Pedro Martinez, hours after the the Chicago Teachers Union voted in favor of going remote.
Classes cancelled at all Chicago Public Schools today. The district made the late decision after the CTU voted in favor of remote learning.
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Martinez says they are working on a plan to get children back in the classrooms as soon as possible and will continue working with CTU to reach an agreement that addresses their COVID safety concerns.
UPDATE ON 1/5 CLASSES: Due to the Chicago Teachers Union voting to not report to schools tomorrow, there will be no in-person or remote instruction for CPS students tomorrow, January 5th. All after school programs, athletic practices, and other events are also canceled. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/pOf3lznyUM
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Take-home meals will be available at all schools from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
CTU members held a conference Wednesday and some parents said they plan to stick with remote learning until there is a safety agreement.READ MORE: No Changes To Chicago Travel Advisory; Every State Remains On The List For 3rd Week In A Row
“What world are you in to not test these kids and to not make them safe,” CPS parent Sonja Hammond said. “I thank CTU I than the teachers for standing up and fighting for our students.”
Falin Johnson, a teacher at Park Manor Elementary, said the “only sensible answer is to suspend in-person school until proper protocols are established.
“As teachers, we know the importance of being prepared,” She said.
All after-school programs, sports and other school-related programs are also canceled.
It is known at this time if classes will resume Thursday.
The CTU told its teachers in a memo that Jan. 18 will be the next day of in-person instruction, but CPS has not yet addressed the plan beyond canceling classes Wednesday – and Mayor Lori Lightfoot earlier said the union does not get to make such a decision.MORE NEWS: 15-Year-Old Killed, Five Other Juveniles Wounded In Trio Of Shootings In Chicago On Tuesday
The union said the vote in favor of a remote-work-only job action was 73%.