Chicago Public Schools families won’t be able to pick up meals at schools starting Monday. In a Tweet late Sunday night, CPS said it was suspending grab-and-go free meal distribution at all schools “based on the evolving nature of activity across the city.”
This came a few hours after Schools CEO Janice Jackson sent an email to all CPS families saying meal distribution would continue. Since school buildings shut down in March due the coronavirus pandemic, the school district has given out more than 12.5 million meals.
The Chicago Teachers Union criticized the decision. “CPS is already forcing children living in areas of extreme unrest and trauma into remote learning Tuesday. Now it’s cutting off their access to food,” the union wrote in a Tweet Sunday night.
CPS said all school and administrative office activities also will be suspended but remote learning will continue.