As a CPS teacher, and resident of Chicago I would like to share my concerns about a 3:30 pm dismissal.
There are several hundred thousand CPS students. The majority walk to and from school, and some are picked up by parents. We all know how serious the rush hour can be in Chicago. I feel that we are putting our students at risk by dismissing them so late in the afternoon. The number of cars on our streets exponentially increases after 2:00 pm. In addition, I feel that a 3:30 dismissal will also negatively affect afternoon commutes for ALL Chicagoans because of the influx of congestion.
Therefore, If a longer day prevails, it is my opinion that we start them earlier in the morning and dismiss no later than 3:00 pm.