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CPS's strike plan short on details

If teachers walk off the job, CPS has a plan to keep kids occupied and safe. They'll open more than 100 neighborhood schools and utilize park district buildings to feed kids and offer activities. 

But it's enormously complicated when you think about the logistics, with very little time to plan.  You're talking about tens of thousands of kids, non-union staffers who need to be assigned and vendors to  provide the food.  

As a result, parents are concerned.

"How are they going to prepare the food?  Where is the food coming from?  Where are they going to sit while they eat?  On the floor?" said parent Becky Malone.

Like most moms, Malone worries about the details.  She hasn't heard information  yet on exactly where to take her kids

At a north side Chicago press conference, Thursday, CPS chief Jean Claude Brizard tried to answer the most basic of questions: Exactly where will parents be able to go? 

"Parents will be able to go to a site closest to their home schools.  We're looking to provide those kinds of geographic opportunities for parents all across the city," he said.

There's no list yet.  But Brizard says he'll open 145 schools across Chicago.  And the school boards $25 million-dollar strike contingency plan may include park district or other city facilities with support from faith-based groups and non-profits. 

The objective, he says, is to provide a safe environment, daily meals and positive activities for about four hours a day if teachers go on strike.    

But for right now, at least, details are short on the plan that's still being formulated. 



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