In an email sent out to parents on Wednesday afternoon, Chicago Public Schools confirmed that the Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU have decided to move forward with a strike, and announced that all classes would be canceled until an agreement is reached.
Classes on Oct. 17 had already been canceled, according to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, but Wednesday afternoon’s email confirmed that schools will not be in session until the end of the strike.
“The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority and we will keep you updated on the latest information as it becomes available,” CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson said in a statement.
The CTU’s House of Delegates will meet on Wednesday night for their official strike vote, but barring a last-second reversal the union is expected to go on strike beginning on Thursday.
According to the CPS email, school buildings will remain open during the day for any students needing a safe place to stay during the day. Breakfast and lunch will still be offered at schools, and students will be provided with a meal to take home.
The CTA will continue to offer free rides to students through the end of the work stoppage, although regular transportation services will not be available.
Students needing nursing support at schools will get it from contract nurses, according to the email.
Chicago Park District facilities, Chicago Public Libraries, and Safe Haven sites will be open during the work stoppage. CPS is also offering parents a site locator for other places that students can go during the strike.
The NBC Chicago app has even more resources for parents to utilize in the event of a CTU strike.