Huffpost Chicago

Chicago Schools Strike: Where To Send CPS Students

Posted: Updated:
Parents drop their children off at Benjamin E. Mays Academy, one of the few schools open for a half day during the first day of a Chicago teachers strike, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in Chicago. Thousands of teachers walked off the job in the nation's third-largest school district for the first time in 25 years after union leaders announced they were far from resolving a contract dispute with school district officials. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Parents drop their children off at Benjamin E. Mays Academy, one of the few schools open for a half day during the first day of a Chicago teachers strike, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in Chicago. Thousands of teachers walked off the job in the nation's third-largest school district for the first time in 25 years after union leaders announced they were far from resolving a contract dispute with school district officials. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

It's official: members of the Chicago Teachers Union walked off the job Monday morning, and most of the city's teachers are on strike, with no clear end date in sight.

While it remains uncertain as to whether the teachers or the school board will win in this standoff, nearly 400,000 Chicago Public School students will be caught in limbo until contract negotiations are resolved.

As strike talk heated up last week, CPS unveiled their "Children First" contingency plan now in effect at 144 sites across the city: an opt-in program that offers supervised activities for students who sign up from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each weekday. (Read the full plan and instructions on how to sign up on the CPS website.)

The Children First sites will include camp-like activities led by nonunion employees including former teachers, principals, office employees and volunteers, according to WGN, and breakfast and lunch will be served. Students are grouped by age and assigned to specific sites including 60 churches and faith-based centers that offer "safe haven" programs.

Hours have been extended at the YMCA of Chicago, and the Chicago Park District will be offering supplemental programming, like art projects and sports, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Park District programming does not include meals.

The CTA also announced Monday that CPS students will receive free rides on the city's transit system between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. over the course of the strike.

For families not reliant on CPS for weekday supervision, Chicago offers a host of great activities for kids, providing an opportunity for education outside the classroom. Check out some of our favorite options:

Also on The Huffington Post

Close
Teacher Strike: Alternate Activities
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Chicago teachers strike leaves 400,000 students out of school - CNN

School's out in Chicago as teachers strike, parents scramble | Reuters

Teachers union on strike in Chicago - chicagotribune.com

No school for 400,000 students as Chicago teachers strike - U.S. News

Union Leaders Say Teachers in Chicago Will Strike - NYTimes.com

With No Contract Deal by Deadline in Chicago, Teachers Will Strike

Chicago teachers strike for first time in 25 years

CPS strike updates: 'What am I supposed to do with my kid?'