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Chicago public school students will return to classes Wednesday after Chicago teachers union leaders approved the school district’s plan on COVID-19 safety protocols late Monday, after teachers voted last week by city officials and unions. Ended a week-long standoff between Switch to remote learning due to an ongoing Omicron fuel surge.

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Chicago city officials said in a press conference late Monday that the deal includes provisions for additional testing and outlined metrics that will determine school closures due to the virus.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot cheered the return to in-person classes, saying that distance learning without “a public health reason to do so” would lead to more social, emotional and economic upheaval for families.

In Statement Released on Twitter, the teachers union said it had voted to suspend its remote working action and that the new agreement will now be voted on by its rank and file members.

On your own Press conferenceUnion leaders acknowledged that the deal was not a “home run”, but that teachers wanted to resume classes for students.

As part of the deal, teachers are expected to return to school on Tuesday, with students returning to classes the next day.

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