Chicago students stage walkout, say COVID protocols lacking

Jan 14, 2022, 5:28 PM | Updated: 5:34 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of Chicago students staged a walkout Friday, saying there weren’t enough precautions in place to protect them from COVID-19 despite an agreement between the teachers union and school district to return to classrooms.

The walkout at schools across the city culminated outside district offices downtown, where the students waved signs, chanted and briefly blocked traffic.

“Hey, hey, ho, ho, Lori Lightfoot’s got to go,” they said, a reference to the Chicago mayor.

The union voted last week to switch to remote instruction due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and what they said were insufficient safety measures. Administrators in the nation’s third-largest school district canceled classes for five days as a result. Lightfoot insisted in-person instruction was best for students and called the union’s action an illegal work stoppage.

In-person classes resumed Wednesday after an agreement on a safety plan that includes metrics to shut down individual schools during outbreaks and expanded testing.

While masks are required inside schools, the protesters said some students don’t have masks or wear them inconsistently. They also want better access to COVID-19 testing and technology for remote learning.

“We want online schooling and the ability to be kept safe … while we’re trying to get an education,” student Jaden Horton said.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

FILE - Christine McVie from the band Fleetwood Mac performs at Madison Square Garden in New York on...
Associated Press

Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter, dies at 79

NEW YORK (AP) — Christine McVie, the British-born Fleetwood Mac vocalist, songwriter and keyboard player whose cool, soulful contralto helped define such classics as “You Make Loving Fun,” “Everywhere” and “Don’t Stop,” died Wednesday at age 79. Her death was announced on the band’s social media accounts. No cause of death or other details were […]
15 hours ago
FILE - Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appears in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Crimina...
Associated Press

Defense rests, closings next at Harvey Weinstein rape trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein’s defense team has rested its case and closing arguments will begin later Wednesday at the Los Angeles rape trial of the former movie magnate. Weinstein’s lawyers called six witness as they sought to cast doubt on the accounts of the women who have accused Weinstein of raping or sexually […]
15 hours ago
Associated Press

Biogen, Wayfair rise; CrowdStrike, NetApp fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Wednesday: Intuit Inc., up $27.88 to $407.59. The maker of TurboTax, QuickBooks and other accounting software beat analysts’ fiscal first-quarter revenue and earnings. Biogen Inc., up $13.76 to $305.17. Investors received an encouraging update on a potential Alzheimer’s drug being developed by […]
15 hours ago
Associated Press

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday 11/30/2022

Stocks rallied on Wall Street after the head of the Federal Reserve said the central bank could soon ease up on its aggressive pace of interest rate hikes aimed at taming inflation. While citing some signs that inflation is cooling, Fed Chair Jerome Powell stressed Wednesday that the Fed will push rates higher than previously […]
15 hours ago
Associated Press

Ohio court rejects city cable fees for streaming services

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The streaming services Netflix and Hulu are not video service providers that would have to pay local governments in Ohio the same fees levied on cable operators, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a case similar to lawsuits filed by hundreds of other municipalities nationally. At issue in Ohio is […]
15 hours ago
FILE - Brandon Calloway, second from left, speaks with a reporter alongside his family about his vi...
Associated Press

Tennessee officers won’t face charges for violent arrest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A grand jury has declined to indict police officers after an investigation by Tennessee’s police agency into the violent arrest of a Black man for alleged traffic violations, a district attorney said Wednesday. Members of a grand jury in Fayette County reviewed evidence Monday related to the July arrest of Brandon […]
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Chicago students stage walkout, say COVID protocols lacking