Mask-optional Monday at CPS
Against the backdrop of warring parents, wary students, and an unfair labor practices complaint, CPS today is launching its mask-optional policy in schools across the district.
Why it matters: District officials dropped the mask mandate amid falling COVID cases, but also with widely varying vaccination rates from school to school.
Context: After adopting a safety agreement in January with the CTU, CPS dropped its masking provision without negotiating. CPS still hasn't released:
- A remote schooling plan for medically vulnerable students and those who can't be vaccinated.
- Results from a survey on mask preferences conducted with school administrators.
- Specific metrics that could trigger a return to masking either throughout the district or at a particular school.
What's next: An Illinois labor board could hear the CTU's unfair labor practices complaint this week.
- One University of Illinois labor professor told the Tribune he thinks the CTU has "a pretty good case."
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