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Pedro Martinez, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, was experiencing mild cold-like symptoms after testing positive on Thursday.
Please Stay is focused on providing mental health support aimed at suicide prevention for seventh to 12th grade students in Chicago Public Schools.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law a bill providing paid COVID sick leave for school staff and restoring sick days taken during the 2021-2022 school year. Here’s what to know about the law.
The move from low to medium transmission risk will not trigger a citywide mask mandate, or other restrictions, health officials say.
With the help of a town hall, phone calls to parents, and student- created TikTok videos, Dunne STEM Academy has seen vaccine rates climb in recent months from 5% to 42.3%.
Advocates and parents have raised concerns about curriculum, support for English language learners, and meeting the needs of students with disabilities.
Despite a gradual uptick in overall vaccine rates since December, the nation’s third largest district is struggling to make inroads at predominantly Black schools on the South and West Sides.
The district has only spent 12%, or $62.9 million, on a program to address the pandemic’s academic and mental health harms.
The 3-2 vote increases the odds that the mask-optional policy will stay in place.
With the pandemic taking a toll on teachers, Illinois’ lawmakers consider a bill that will allow them to use sick days for mental health.
The district’s change in mask policy comes as federal, state, and local guidance have aligned.
After implementing a universal masking policy inside school campuses two years ago, Chicago Public Schools will lift its mask mandate on Monday. We want to hear how you feel about the shift to mask-optional.
Chicago Teachers Union leaders and some parents have raised concerns over a shift to mask-optional, especially in low-vaccinated communities hit hardest by the pandemic.
Amid low COVID cases, the district will align its mask policy with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials said.
The consideration to lift the mask mandate comes a week after board members voted to uphold safety measures including mask wearing across the district.
The districtwide opt-in rate sits at 34.18%, up from about 16% in December, data shows.
The Chicago school district also saw a decline in the number of students and staff being quarantined.
The low vaccination rate among that age group leaves an uncertain path for the remainder of a school year already disrupted by delta and omicron surges.
Chicago will align its school quarantine policy with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Chicago district is trying to hit the reset button on a fumbled COVID testing rollout that, in part, contributed to a weeklong impasse with its teachers union.
Chicago Public Schools is working to shorten its quarantine period to align with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The district, under its agreement with its teachers union, promises to get 100% of students signed up for testing by Feb. 1, but it’s far behind.
A temporary return to remote learning, a metric to close schools, and COVID testing protocols are among the sticking points in the standoff.
Chalkbeat obtained COVID vaccination rates of Chicago students by school. The findings illustrate vast disparities in vaccination rates within the city.
Chicago school district officials say transmission remains low, but face questions about the CPS contact tracing program.
District officials announced Tuesday they would send COVID test kits ahead of winter break so students can test before returning to campus in January.
Thirty-seven Illinois legislators asked the Illinois state board of education to hold off on any decisions to switch state assessment until there is more feedback on the process.
Chicago Public Schools agreed to offer more testing, provide home testing kits to unvaccinated students, and host a vaccination clinic at the South Side school.
Pre-existing staffing shortages have come to a head as the district contends with a spike in teacher quarantines that continue to strain schools already worn thin.
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