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Chicago Students Demand Covid Safety, Joining Peers Around U.S.

  • Protesters seek virtual classes, backing their teachers
  • Youth voices clash with Biden’s push to keep schools open
A Chicago Public School student attends a walkout in Chicago, on Jan. 14.
A Chicago Public School student attends a walkout in Chicago, on Jan. 14.Photographer: Cheney Orr/Bloomberg
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Students in Chicago on Friday joined others across the U.S. to fight for more Covid-19 safety measures and remote learning, a conflict that has been playing out mostly among politicians, administrators and teachers.

Groups of students -- dozens in some spots and hundreds in others -- walked out of classes Friday from several Chicago Public Schools buildings and rallied in front of the district’s headquarters. Protesters demanded immediate mitigation measures during the pandemic, and better treatment of minority communities.