School, Yes, Bus Service, No

From CPS:  "The Chicago Public Schools will be open on Wednesday, Feb. 14, but there will be no bus service.  Students who normally ride the bus may attend their neighborhood school."

UPDATE:  Apparently, this school/no buses thing isn't something that they just thought of last night.  The relevant section of the Board's Emergency Plan is below if you want to see it.

When side streets are largely impassable to school
buses, the Chief Executive Officer chooses to keep schools and office open but
suspends pupil transportation services. In this situation, arrangements must be
made to minimize loss of instruction for the students who are normally bused to
a school outside their neighborhood. The procedures are as follows:

 Students normally bused to school are to report instead
     to their neighborhood schools. (This does not apply to special education
     students.)

Principals at these neighborhood schools should have
     contingency plans to serve these students.

The neighborhood school can obtain the following
     information for bused students from their receiving school: name, school
     program, bus schedule, emergency phone numbers, special needs, and eligibility
     for free or reduced-price meals.

Principals should identify, ahead of time, spaces in
     their schools to house these students. When possible, students should be
     temporarily assigned to existing classes.

Plans for instruction should be developed and materials
     identified for these students so that they can quickly resume their
     educational activities.
 

Since the receiving schools will be temporarily
under-attended, principals in the neighborhood schools who are providing
emergency instruction to students may request, through their Management Support
Director, additional teachers. Receiving school teachers may be given work
locations at the sending schools.

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  • I want to thank George for posting the information about the lift bus with no heat and Christopher School. I missed the TV report.

    We here at Access Living have been deeply disturbed by long distances young students with disabilities are being bused by CPS. The problem George brought to our attention has its roots in the limited number of buses with lifts that are contracted by CPS. It also has to do with CPS transportation rationalizing routes to reduce costs for contracts.

    We at Access Living have been growing ever more disturbed by the fact that lift buses with students who are wheel chair users are rolling past schools that have been made accessible to deliver students from the lake front all the way out to Hanson Park near Fullerton and Central.

    Tallcott School which I visited recently and was very impressed with was made ADA compliant top to bottom three years ago. Yet as of a few weeks ago not one student who uses a wheel chair attends that excellent school and this is despite the fact that Tallcott has a fairly extensive special education program with students bused in each day. Many Magnet Schools are fully ADA compliant but have no students who use wheel chairs in them, yet special ed buses are rolling by them filled with students using wheel chairs on their way to Neil or Hanson Park.

    The problem with the bus going to Christopher reflects a bigger problem.

    Rod Estvan

    Access Living Metro Chicago

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