If the scorching heat this week wasn’t enough of a hint, maybe you saw the bouncy houses or heard screaming kids running outside.
It’s officially summer at Chicago Public Schools — and what a year it was.
It was pegged as a pandemic recovery year as kids returned to classrooms full-time for the first time since schools shut down for COVID-19 in March 2020. But it turned into a year of adjustments and survival. Mayor Lori Lightfoot this week called it a year unlike any other.
Even so, it wasn’t all smiles on the last day of school — some kids weren’t totally happy for the year to end. Students seem to have gained a new appreciation for school after the past couple years of remote learning, and there were some mixed feelings about heading into the summer.
“I’m a little sad I won’t be able to see my friends,” Ethan Acevedo told me after he walked out of Chopin Elementary on his last day of second grade. He was still excited to hang out with his granddad over the next couple months, though.
His grandpa was plenty happy for the both of them: “It’s great, he’s going to be with me all summer,” Angel Acevedo told me. “He’s my life.”
Keep scrolling for more from the last day of school, plus other recent stories from myself and my colleagues.
Until next week,
Nader Issa, Sun-Times education reporter
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