CHICAGO — Responding to recommendations from hearing officers that some of the 54 schools slated for closure should not be closed, the Chicago Public Schools released new plans Monday for nine of those closures.
CPS responded to nine of the reports that found the district out of compliance with state law.
The new plans largely focus on safety and security issues.
For example, the new plan for Manierre Elementary School, which if closed would have students traverse through gang territory to Jenner Elementary School, offers new details for its "Safe Passage" route.
The new plan outlines the passage route and explains the various groups that will be involved, including the Chicago Police Department and 15 others.
"As the routes are finalized by CPD and CPS, the Working Group will conduct a survey of every Safe Passage route to note any concerns and suggest any modifications that may be needed before the start of school in the fall," according to Manierre's new plan. "These include making sure vacant buildings are secure and vacant lots are clear, ensuring street markings, such as street and bus signs, are clear and unobstructed and confirming appropriate lighting is in place."
New reports have also been released for Stockton, Stewart, Mahalia Jackson, King, Delano, Morgan, Buckingham and Mayo schools.