The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Chicago Public Schools
—No COVID Measures

Oct 11, 2021

In Chicago, school has been back in session for six weeks. All students and teachers came back to school in the midst of the Delta wave of the COVID pandemic. They are all required to mask, vaccines have been made available for all staff and some students … but that’s it.

One of the unpleasant surprises—no COVID testing took place in school buildings for the first few weeks. What?! Yes, this was doubly surprising, as testing took place regularly for teachers and the few students in the buildings back in Spring. But somehow, with buildings now packed to capacity, the testing disappeared. And even when it got started, many teachers got word that their tests were “lost.”

Contact tracing has also come up short—some people have reported having to wait up to 10 days to get the call from a tracer. By that time, the tracing is useless. Parents raised such a stink that Mayor Lightfoot was compelled to apologize. All schools were to have COVID testing available ... five weeks after school started.

Working for Chicago Public Schools feels like being a soldier in the Tzar’s army in World War I—they sent soldiers to the front without guns. Here, they are sending students and teachers to the COVID frontline, deprived of even the most basic tools necessary to keep us safe.