CHICAGO (CBS) — We know very few teachers showed up to school on Wednesday – but some did.
One teacher, Joseph Ocol, came to his school despite a vote by the Chicago Teachers Union to move to remote learning due to a COVID-19 surge – which prompted the Chicago Public Schools to close schools and claim the union was staging an illegal walkout.READ MORE: No Changes To Chicago Travel Advisory; Every State Remains On The List For 3rd Week In A Row
“Of course, I agree that there has to be safety measures, but it should be done in a sweeping way – because there are schools that don’t have COVID,” he said.
Ocol, a teacher and chess coach, said he did not have any COVID cases in his classroom.READ MORE: 15-Year-Old Killed, Five Other Juveniles Wounded In Trio Of Shootings In Chicago On Tuesday
He believes he was the only teacher at his school today, and he showed up to plan and organize.
“There were no students, and I was the only teacher there,” Ocol said. “I miss my students. It’s just that this is a different situation, and I feel sad about this.”Car Crashes Into Catering Business In Edgewater, Causing Gas Leak
He said his focus remains on the kids.