As the beginning of a new school year is approaching for many Chicago Public School children on August 26, 2013, there are a lot of changes that have been implemented. This is the first year that CPS students will attend school before Labor Day and all schools have been forced to adhere to the longer school hours.
This shines the light on an opportunity for our children to receive more educational time in the classroom, while additionally receiving an allotted time for recreational fun. Although, the cost of the longer school day extension did not occur so easily. While many schools opted to take advantage of the longer school hours last year with a financial incentive, that is simply not the case this year.
Additionally, there were approximately 50 CPS School closings at the end of the previous school year. This in turn has created an upheaval for many CPS students in lower class neighborhoods that were affected by the school closing. These students will soon begin their first day back to school at a new school, in a different neighborhood, after a longer walk to school. The effect of the recent school closings has created turmoil of events with many parents, as to the safety and security that will be available for their children on the first day of school.
While Chicago announced yesterday that the Safe Passages walk will be ready by the first day of classes, there is still some speculations as to whether these routes and closures are the best for the children. Even though, there is plenty of media frenzy around how prepared CPS will be for this reformation, it is still important that parents remind their children of the importance of being safe and aware of their surroundings.
As, many parents are preparing to send their children back to school with all the necessary supplies for preparation of a new school year. It is important that parents remember to educate their children on safety and promote the importance of receiving a quality education.