In Chicago, the public schools are under the microscope as students in the city wait for the arrival of the 2018-19 school year.
They are also trying to come to grips with how to manage the fallout from a devastating virus outbreak that killed nearly 1,500 people in a school district.
The state’s public schools have also come under scrutiny.
In late March, the Chicago Tribune published a story in which the district revealed it had suspended nearly 100 employees for misbehaving, and the district is seeking to pay $1 million in back pay to several employees.
The suspension of employees was a result of the district’s failure to make timely and effective decisions regarding the spread of the coronavirus.
In a statement to NPR, the district said it has suspended all but 15 employees for their involvement in the coronave outbreak and was committed to ensuring a healthy work environment and preventing any repeat of the outbreak.
“The district will not tolerate unsafe working conditions,” the statement said.
“In fact, we have zero tolerance for any workplace unsafe work practices.”
The district has also said it will work with local law enforcement to identify those responsible for the school lockdown and take corrective action.
The district’s statement also said that the district has been “fully cooperative” with the federal government’s response to the pandemic, which has included providing assistance in identifying individuals and groups of people with ties to the virus.
The federal government is asking the district to provide information on all individuals in the district who may have had direct contact with the person who was diagnosed with the coronavia virus, the statement read.
In addition, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked for information about all the employees who may be infected and have had contact with those individuals, the District of Columbia Public Schools said in a statement.
The CDC has also asked the district for a list of all students who may not have been vaccinated, and for information on the districtwide immunization coverage status for students in grades K-12, the Washington Post reported.
The district also requested that all students and staff at all schools be vaccinated against the coronovirus.