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Chicago public schools will start the school year all virtual

August 5, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The nation's third-largest school system will start the coming school year with fully remote learning for all students due to the coronavirus pandemic, the district announced Wednesday.

(CNN)Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third-largest school system, will start the coming school year with fully remote learning for all students due to the coronavirus pandemic, the district announced Wednesday.

"As a district, we value parent feedback and we cannot overlook that a large percentage of parents have indicated they do not feel comfortable sending their students to school under a hybrid model for the start of the school year," said CPS CEO Janice K.

The announcement comes a day after a source close to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) told CNN that the CTU planned to convene their House of Delegates early next week to discuss taking a strike vote to demand remote learning for Chicago Public Schools.

About 76% of students are economically disadvantaged, and among all students, 36% are African-American and 47% are Hispanic, according to Chicago Public Schools data.

Chicago had previously hoped to start the school year with a hybrid learning model, and had prepared a scenario to do so, but ultimately decided against doing so.

"The decision to begin the 2020-2021 CPS school year remotely during the first quarter is rooted in public health data and the invaluable feedback we've received from parents and families," said Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

"As we build out this remote learning model and seek to establish a hybrid learning model in the second quarter, we will continue to support and collaborate with parents and school leaders to create safe, sustainable learning environments for our students," Lightfoot said.

New York City public schools, the country's largest school system, plans to hold in-person classes in the fall, while the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation's second-largest system, will begin with virtual classes.

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