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CHICAGO Despite a work order requiring public school teachers to return in person this week, Kirstin Roberts did not go into the Brentano Elementary Math and Science Academy, on the citys northwest side, where she teaches preschool.
Instead, she cleared several inches of snow from the schools courtyard, set up her laptop and taught her students remotely outside as temperatures dipped well into the 30s on Monday.
I feel safer sitting outside and working than I do inside the building, Roberts, 53, said, who along with several other teachers sat in the cold in protest of the order.
Chicago Public Schools phased in its reopening plan on Monday by requiring some teachers to return to schools to prepare for in-person instruction, but Roberts said conditions were not appropriate to reopen. She is now teaching from home despite receiving an email from the district that she is not complying with employee attendance expectations.
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