CPS parents prepping for the unknown
BY JON SEIDEL Sun-Times Mediaemail@example.com September 9, 2012 7:28PM
Updated: September 10, 2012 9:46AM
Sonia Del Real’s high schoolers did their homework this weekend.
Cynthia Flowers said her sophomore will be making baby sitting offers.
Becky Malone said, she’ll take her fourth- and second-graders to support the teachers at the picket line outside Mt. Greenwood Elementary School.
Parents of Chicago Public Schools students spent the weekend preparing in different ways for the possibility of a teachers’ strike.
Del Real said Sunday was “business at usual” at her home for her 16-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter who go to Lindblom Math & Science Academy. She said she’s been getting emails and automated phone calls from their school as it tried to keep her in the loop.
“I think they’re managing it well,” Del Real said.
But Tracy Baldwin, who has a 6-year-old at Coonley School, said Sunday night’s lingering uncertainty added another layer of anxiety to some already frustrated CPS parents who didn’t know what to do.
“You can’t wait until the last minute to make alternative arrangements,” Baldwin said.
CPS said 144 “Children First” sites would open with limited hours to students. Parents can sign up at www.cps.edu, by calling 311 or visiting a local library.
Malone, who is opposed to CPS’ longer school day “the way it’s been implemented,” said her sons’ school is one such “contingency” site. She said she’ll be letting other parents know about alternative programs offered by agencies like the Chicago Park District.
“So they don’t have to cross picket lines,” Malone said of the parents.