WASHINGTON (TND) — Students flooded the streets of downtown Chicago Friday in a district-wide protest of in-person learning conditions.
Students in other major cities such as Boston, New York City and Seattle also took part in their own walk-outs.
Many of those students described chaos in the classrooms, with Chicago students calling them "COVID petri dishes."
The group organizing Chicago’s walk-out sent a letter to Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot and district leaders with a list of demands.
Including a return to remote learning for two weeks, additional safety measures in schools, and improved transparency with its COVID-19 data.
This follows a rocky start to the winter semester in Chicago.
A fight over in-person learning between the teachers union and the city stalled the start of school for several days. Both sides came to terms just this week with classes resuming in person Wednesday.