What Happens to Everyone Else When CPS Strikes

Reboot Our Schools – Work-life balance for working parents with children attending Chicago Public Schools is about to be thrown a curve ball if thousands of teachers go on strike Monday.

Workers are formulating “Plan B” — working from home, adjusting hours, lining up back-up daycare options or rallying neighbors and family — should the worst occur. Employers are hoping that parents remember to tap into the daycare referral network or back-up childcare.

CPS said it will keep 144 of its schools open for a half day of non-instructional activities, but that won’t be enough to handle the 400,000 students enrolled in the CPS system.

Companies have not been actively reminding workers about the possible need to adjust work schedules. Some firms are leaving it up to department heads and managers to hash out plans with affected employees. Crain’s takes a look at what businesses are offering in emergency child care.

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