Imagine shoving your youngsters off to highschool in an Uber or Lyft. That’s the imaginative and prescient Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has after a mass bus driver resignation because of anger over a vaccine mandate has left faculty administration and Lightfoot no alternative however to enter talks with the rideshare program to shuttle youngsters to highschool buildings.
“CPS believed there were bus drivers in place,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated Monday at a press convention. “It was solely Friday that the notification got here from these third events that that they had a scarcity of drivers. That isn’t CPS’ accountability. We have a contract with these firms. We had an expectation that they had been going to meet their contract.
“We’re going to work through these kinks,” she added. “I’m positive you’re going to seek out people for whom this wasn’t an important begin. But we’re going to work arduous to ensure that we resolve these and handle these issues.
“This is not on CPS. And I want that to be very clear.”
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 2,100 college students acquired roughly two days discover that their bus routes had been dropped. Private firms who’re contracted to supply bus providers advised the Chicago Public Schools that 73 bus drivers give up over the district’s COVID vaccine mandate.
Even with the 73 drivers quitting, the district already had a scarcity of greater than 400 drivers. It’s not simply the bus scenario that’s dogging the varsity system. Chicago’s ABC-7 is reporting that roughly 30% of Chicago public faculty college students almost certainly received’t return to lessons in any respect. We’re speaking 100,274 college students who’re “considered to be in need of interventions or outreach in order to facilitate their full engagement for the upcoming school year.”
Let’s repeat that quantity: 100,274 college students who’re extremely unlikely to re-engage with the varsity system.
Add within the bus scenario and Lori Lightfoot is now banking on Uber and Lyft to get the remaining college students to buildings. CPS is reportedly providing households $1,000 funds and $500 in month-to-month funds for journey reimbursements.
As for the CPS mandate to have bus drivers vaccinated, neither Uber or Lyft has such a mandate. The Sun-Times is reporting “the same CPS requirement that officials said led to the bus driver resignations would likely also apply to the rideshare drivers as third-party contractors.”
Let all of this sink in for a minute.
Once college students did make it to highschool for the primary day on Monday, they had been greeted by laws together with common masking and a three-feet social distancing rule.
“Our schools are safe. CPS put in over $100,000,000 in mitigations, including improving ventilation, air purifiers in every classroom, additional cleaning, masks, partitions and so many other efforts to make sure that in this pandemic we are able to bring students back safely into their buildings, and we have,” Lightfoot stated at her press convention.
Yeah, now they only have to determine learn how to get to highschool, in the event that they wish to attend in any respect.