Parents drop their children off at Benjamin E. Mays Academy, one of the few schools open for a half day during the first day of a Chicago teachers strike, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in Chicago. Thousands of teachers walked off the job in the nation's third-largest school district for the first time in 25 years after union leaders announced they were far from resolving a contract dispute with school district officials. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
As the teacher strike heads into the fifth day, Chicago Public Schools expanded its online classes program to help keep students connected.
Starting Friday, online classes are available for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the areas of credit recovery, advanced placement and general elective classes. If the strike continues through the weekend, online courses will become available for grades 3 through 12.
“This is another way we can keep our students engaged while we work with the CTU to achieve a fair contract that gets our kids back in school,” schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said in a statement.
AP Calculus, AP Computer Science, algebra, biology, American history, Spanish and creative writing are among the classes available.
Students can register at cps.edu/childrenfirst or by calling 311 starting at 3 p.m. Friday.
CPS seniors can take for-credit courses off-site during the strike, according to the district. Students can complete the coursework at school or home once the strike ends. They also can drop the course after school resumes without it showing up on their record.
Both sides of contract negotiations said they hope to resume regular classes by Monday.