Strikes are happening in Chicago, Boston, New York City and more.
Students are walking out of classes in Boston, Chicago and other cities across the country in protest at personal learning conditions as COVID-19 rages.
Public school students in Boston are demanding that local leaders take more initiative to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and introduce a two-week distance learning period.
“We will then be standing for exactly 10 minutes, one minute for every 100,000 new COVID-19 cases found on Jan. the student-run Massachusetts COVID Walkout Instagram page.
In a statement to ABC News, Boston Public Schools said it “deeply believes in students advocating for what they believe in.”
“We further believe that it is critical that we encourage and support them in expressing their concerns, beliefs and views to their leaders,” the statement said. “We will continue to listen to our students and families as we navigate this latest wave and the impact it is having on our ability to stay personal and deliver quality education.”
In the spring of 2021, Massachusetts officials said: Distance learning would no longer count towards the required learning hours. Any school-wide days for distance learning must be made up by students and teachers at the end of the year.
Boston Public Schools has reported 3,483 COVID cases from January 5 according to the district website.
Students in Chicago are also walking out of class on Friday, demanding that schools address the safety concerns of COVID-19.
Chicago Public Schools Radical Youth Alliance, a student advocacy group, recently sent a letter with demands to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, CEO of Chicago Public Schools Pedro Martinez, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady.
The students asked for transparency and accuracy in the school’s COVID-19 data, youth participation in decision-making and accountability for “errors.”
“Because you consistently prove yourself and your leadership incompetent, we as Black and Brown youth are the common denominator of the most disadvantaged and affected,” the letter read. “We are tired, exhausted and frustrated.”
The group also backed the Chicago Teachers Union, which narrowly accepted a new agreement on COVID-19 security measures.
Chicago Public Schools has had 10,928 cases among its students and staff since the start of the 2021-2022 school year, according to the district website.
In a statement, Chicago Public Schools said it “remains committed to fostering learning environments that allow students to consider issues respectfully with evidence and an open mind — and safely participate in civic action.”
Currently, according to the CPS website, students are required to wear masks in schools and complete a self-screener symptom questionnaire before school. Testing is optional.
Protests in New York, California and other states have pointed to growing concerns that school leaders are failing to address COVID-19 and its impact on education and health in schools.