A new school year is just over a month away, and over 340,000 Chicago students — a good number of them still too young to be vaccinated — are slated to return to school buildings five days a week.
Nearly 32,000 teachers and other school staff will return to those buildings, too, all amid a newly resurgent pandemic fueled by the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
To keep the potentially deadly virus at bay, every one of the Chicago Public Schools’ 600-plus buildings had better be well-ventilated — and impeccably clean.
Immaculate schools should go without saying of course, pandemic or not. But we’re making special note of the issue following the news that CPS is poised to offer another contract to Aramark, the firm with a well-documented track record of failing when it comes to making sure schools are kept pristine.
CPS, in fact, promised last year to cut all ties with Aramark and SodexoMAGIC, a firm that worked with Aramark. We’re still not sure why the district changed its mind.