Stories by Sarah Karp
The switch is being sharply criticized for giving parents a less accurate and timely picture of what is happening in their children’s schools.
As anger grows over change in reporting on COVID cases, CPS has no immediate plans to reverse course
CPS last month shifted to only reporting cases at individual schools that were confirmed by contact tracers instead of all reported cases.
The state data, which is provided to CPS twice a month and is matched with CPS enrollment information, captures vaccinations through Jan. 18.
New data show about 53% of high schoolers are vaccinated. Use WBEZ’s tool to look up vaccinations rates for your Chicago school.
Over winter break, the school district began reporting only closed cases — those verified by a contact tracing team — at the school level.
CPS says a switch in reporting data at the school level was not meant to mislead, but some say it shows an undercount of cases.
Nearly 56% of union members voted in favor of the deal, bringing to a formal end the standoff with the school district that closed schools for five days.
The safety agreement passed by a slim majority, with nearly 56% of Chicago Teachers Union members voting yes.
Union members voted on the COVID-19 safety agreement Wednesday, which needs a simple majority to pass.
Teachers return on Tuesday. This ends a bitter feud between the mayor and the union that left children idle since last Wednesday.