Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Public Schools is the largest singular school district in the nation, with an enrollment of over 340,000 students. The district also has over 39,000 staff members.
Chicago Public Schools has taken a drastic approach to sex education. A policy passed by the Chicago Public Schools Board of Education in December, 2020, requires that schools that teach fifth grade and up must maintain a condom availability program as part of an expanded vision of sexual health education. That means all but a dozen, which enroll only younger grades, of the more than 600 CPS schools will have condoms. Elementary schools will get 250 condoms and high schools will get 1,000. The Chicago Department of Public Health will provide condoms at no cost to the district.
CPS implemented new travel guidelines for every student and staff member. Unvaccinated people who leave the State of Illinois – which includes all children 11 and younger who are not presently eligible for the vaccine – have to self-quarantine for seven days upon returning to Chicago, even if they have received a negative COVID-19 test. Vaccinated travelers do not have to self-quarantine or take a test unless they develop symptoms. The district doubled up on their pressure to force children to take the experimental COVID vaccine, and rendered consequences for those who do not comply.
In early July 2021, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) voted on whether to keep police in schools. Previously, the mayor and Board left the decision up to individual councils. At the July hearing, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice Jackson announced that seventeen public high schools in the City of Chicago would no longer have Chicago Police Officers in the building during the 2021-2022 school year. This comes after rising tensions between community members and police institutions following the BLM riots of 2020. The Chicago Board of Education plans to vote on several reforms regarding police presence and budget allocations in their next few meetings. Community members can discuss their concerns regarding this with their local school board or provide commentary via the Chicago Board of Education website at www.cpsboe.org.
Updated – October 4, 2021