CPS Will Be All-Remote To Start School Year: Reports

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Public Schools will begin the upcoming school year next month with all-remote learning, according to published reports Tuesday.

The decision to scrap a so-called hybrid learning plan -- allowing for some in-person learning, two days a week -- comes as the Chicago Teachers Union signaled a potential strike. Union leaders say it still is too dangerous to bring teachers and staff and children back to school buildings, amid the pandemic. 

An announcement about the remote-only plan could come as soon as Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

CPS officials had sought feedback from parents to gauge how much demand there is for an in-person learning component. There are more than 350,000 students in the CPS system.

Many suburban school districts are also wrestling with whether to offer in-person learning or, for the time being, continue remote learning via computers and keep students at home. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker's administration has encouraged school districts to try to reopen, with guidance from state and county health officials.