Chicago Teachers Union has voted to boycott a return to in-person teaching slated for February 1.
Although the city's private schools have been in-person for months, the union is claiming that it is still unsafe for teachers to return to the classroom.
Some students who were already returning to in-person learning, such as preschoolers and those with moderate to severe special needs, returned to empty classrooms earlier this month due to teachers calling in sick to protest the return for some students. Chicago Public Schools said teachers who did not return to in-person learning would not be paid.
The union has demanded to stay in virtual classrooms until "all school employees have had the opportunity to get vaccinated, or until the city's positivity rate falls to 3 percent and its rate of new cases falls below 400 per day."
Chicago currently has a positivity rate around 5%.