Hundreds Chicago Pupils made the departure on Friday, saying there were not enough precautions to protect against COVID-19 despite an agreement between the teachers ’union and the school district to return to classrooms.
The walk in the schools around the city culminated in front of the district offices in the city center, where students waved signs, chanted and briefly blocked traffic.
“Hey, hey, ho, ho, Lori Lightfoot has to go,” they said, referring to the mayor of Chicago.
The union voted last week to move to distance learning due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and, in their view, insufficient security measures. Trustees in the country’s third-largest school district have therefore canceled classes for five days. Lightfoot insisted that personal teaching was best for students, and labeled the union’s action as an illegal termination of employment.
Personal instruction resumed on Wednesday following a security plan agreement that includes measurements to close individual schools during outbreaks and expanded testing.
While masks are mandatory in schools, protesters said some students do not have masks or wear them inconsistently. They also want better access to COVID-19 testing and distance learning technology.
“We want online schooling and the opportunity to be safe … while trying to educate ourselves,” student Jaden Horton said.