Locations of more than 250 contingency sites where Chicago Public Schools students can go Friday during the one-day Chicago Teachers Union strike have been posted on the district's website.
The sites include a combination of public schools, park district facilities, libraries and Safe Haven locations.
"While CPS and its city partners will be operating contingency sites throughout the city, the District urges families that can make alternate arrangements to take advantage of their other options," CPS said in a statement. "April 1 will not count for student attendance purposes. Students at contingency sites will be provided with online learning opportunities, as well as physical education, and arts and crafts programming. All students who attend contingency sites will be provided with free breakfast and lunch. To help students make it safely to the contingency site of their choice, the Chicago Transit Authority will provide free transportation to all students on Friday."
Parents can locate and register for a contingency site here. Contingency site registration is preferred, but not required. Locations for contingency sites can also be found by calling 311.
CTU is holding its one-day strike Friday against unfair labor practices and to "fight for revenue to save our schools." The action will come in the midst of contract negotiations between CTU and the district, which argues that the one-day strike is illegal.
"Chicago's students need to be in their classrooms with their teachers, and their leaders need to be at the bargaining table so that we can reach a final agreement and present a united front to end Springfield's discriminatory education funding formula that shortchanges Chicago children. CPS remains at the bargaining table, and we believe a final agreement is possible, since we already reached a tentative agreement with the CTU leadership in January," CPS CEO Forrest Claypool said in a statement. "While it's unfortunate that CTU leadership is pushing an illegal strike, CPS is committed to providing all of our students with safe environments that will keep them fed and engaged."
CTU will kick off its day of action at 6:30 a.m. Friday with pickets outside schools followed by other demonstrations before a 4 p.m. rally at the Thompson Center.
"The strike is a call for increased revenue for Chicago Public Schools and its students, and a direct response to continued attacks and efforts toward union-busting from Gov. Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the mayor's handpicked CPS CEO, Forrest Claypool," reads a CTU statement. "For the past year, the district has stalled contract negotiations with the CTU, threatened and mandated furlough days, cuts and layoffs, and removed step and lane increases for educators--the latter of which is the legal basis for the April 1 strike."
Check back with Progress Illinois for our coverage of the April 1 strike.