Dear Beaubien Families,


Earlier this week you received a letter detailing our District’s contingency plans in the event of a strike by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).  I join with CPS leadership and many others in the belief that a strike can be avoided through continued negotiations, but know each of you have real concerns about what happens should a strike occur.


What You Should Know:

CTU leadership has issued a 10-day strike notice.  With this action, a strike could begin as early as Tuesday (October 11).  In the event of a strike:


  • All classes and extracurricular activities will be cancelled.  


  • We encourage you to keep your student(s) at home or at a non-CPS facility during the strike.
    • School will not be in session, and no attendance penalties will be incurred.


  • For those families who do not have that option, school buildings will remain open for their normal bell schedules, led my by myself and our non-CTU staff members.  Additionally, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library sites will also be available to students.
    • To find the most convenient site for your family, visit or call 311.  Using the map you can find your site options, as well as register your student(s) if they plan to attend.
    • Food service will be provided at each site, as will activities to keep students safe and engaged.
    • CPS buses will not be operating, but the CTA will provide free transportation to students from 5:30a.m. to 8:30p.m.


Where Can I Find More Information?

For contingency site locations, hours of operation, and frequently asked questions, visit or call 311.


We may not know whether there will be a strike until the end of the weekend, but I will continue to provide updates by phone and email as they occur.  I encourage you to look for those to make sure have the most accurate information about our District’s status.


I know this time is a challenging one for our entire school community, and I thank you for your patience and support as we make certain we’re prepared.


Thank you,
Michelle H. Ludford