Chicago Public Schools said it plans to reopen its 300 meal distribution school sites Tuesday after a one-day suspension. Officials said police will be near the sites to ensure safety, adding that the distribution will resume “pending any significant developments.”
Officials stopped handing out meals Monday because they said they were worried about student and worker safety after protests and looting over the weekend. But many criticized the decision because so many students depend on the free meals. Since in-person classes were suspended in March, CPS has distributed more than 13 million meals.
The school district also said it’s distributing an instructional toolkit Monday to families and staff to help with discussions about the events of the past week.
“We support and stand with Chicagoans who are forcefully, yet peacefully, advocating for the rights of black and brown people,” Schools CEO Janice Jackson said in a statement. “We created a package of resources for families to navigate these difficult times and we hope this leads to critical conversations in households and virtual classrooms across Chicago.”