The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released its Safe Passage routes on
Friday for students who will be traveling to the 51 welcoming schools
this year. View the maps here.
schools will take in students this fall from the 48 elementary schools
that closed in June due to the district's reported underutilization
Throughout the school closing process, community members and parents have said the closings would force students to trek across dangerous gang boundaries and through other unsafe conditions to get to their new school.
In attempts to address these concerns, CPS pumped $7.7 million into its Safe Passage program for the 2013-2014 school year and hired 600 additional workers to secure the new routes.
According to CPS, the new routes were developed through parent, principal and community input and with the help of the Chicago Police Department.
Training of the Safe Passage
workers will begin next week, and the route monitors will be in place
for the first day of school on August 26.