January 29, 2021

I’m a Chicago teacher headed back to campus. I’m just as confused as you are.

Read the entire op-ed by Shayna Boyd on Chalkbeat Chicago.

The plan to return to school has been utterly chaotic, and teachers have been left in the dark just as much as everyone else. I am a middle school English Language Arts teacher on the Southwest Side of Chicago, and I was slated to return to school this week until Chicago Teachers Union members announced a walkout.

When we do return, teachers have no idea if we will be locked out of remote learning platforms or if we will get in trouble for crossing the picket line or when we are expected to be outside if we strike. There’s an assumption that we, as educators, have some sort of inside knowledge of what’s to come, either because our union leadership is fighting for us or because our administrators have outlined comprehensive reopening plans. I’ll let you in on a secret: We don’t know any more than you do.

To read the complete op-ed by E4E-Chicago member Shayna Boyd, visit Chalkbeat Chicago.