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 cps.edu/strikeplan 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 cps.edu/strikeplan 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

 

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