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Mayor Lori Lightfoot is Determined to Open Chicago Public Schools This Fall

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday she is determined to reopen Chicago Public Schools on time this fall, but do it safely, perhaps by using “alternate days, kind of a platoon” system to limit the numbers of students and teachers in schools at one time.

Declaring “students need their teachers,” Lightfoot recalled how moved she was to see video during the pandemic of an elementary school teacher who “literally drove to her student’s house, sat in the driveway” to maintain social distance and read the young girl a book.

“That’s what teachers do. They are tough and dedicated and empathetic. And particularly our youngest kids — they need that touch. They need that social immersion and learning. And the best way they can get that is being in a classroom with their peers,” Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times.

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