Dear CPS Families,

As you may have heard, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has declared a “Day of Action” on April 1, 2016.  While there are still unanswered questions about what this day will look like, we know that CTU leadership has proposed an illegal one-day strike, asking teachers to leave their classrooms empty and take to the streets.  To explain this divisive action, CTU President Karen Lewis asked teachers and families to think of this one-day strike as “an extra holiday.”

This uncertainty has caused confusion and concern, and as a parent, you have a right to know whether there will be school that day and how to plan.

We take our responsibility to our students and their families very seriously.  We will know more after the CTU House of Delegates votes on the strike on March 23, 2016.  Between now and then, we will evaluate how to best provide a safe environment for our students and will consider the best course of action once we have all of the information.

To understand all your options on April 1, we encourage you to speak with your childcare provider and employer to create any necessary contingency plans.

In addition, we know that regular communication is crucial.  To stay in touch, please sign up for our new mailing list at cps.edu/signup.  This won’t replace the other ways you receive updates from us, but it is another reliable way to make sure information gets directly to you, in real time.

As always, we thank you for your support and for joining with so many principals, teachers, and other CPS staff in prioritizing your child’s education.

Sincerely,

Forrest Claypool                                Dr. Janice K. Jackson
Chief Executive Officer                     Chief Education Officer