Strike leaves parents scrambling, kids anxious - FOX 32 News Chicago

Strike leaves parents scrambling, kids anxious

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As teachers picket, stressed out parents scrambled to find alternatives for their children and kids are asking tough questions.

"I was wondering the whole night: Am I going to school? Am I not going to school?" said 4th grade CPS student Owen Walther.

Owen wasn't the only one who was anxious last night. He and thousands of other CPS students and their parents were scrambling to find an alternative.

There were dozens of walk-ins Monday morning at Journey World, a learning center on N. Halsted and Chicago, run by the Girl Scouts. Luckily, there was availability.

"Some of the kids were clingy, some were having a hard time not knowing what was happening because both mom and dad were frantic also walking in, so the anxiety level was pretty high," explains Lisa Garrucho, Manager at Journey World.

And for some children, it was an unfamiliar setting. There was a lot of learning here, but it was obvious that while the 25,000 teachers were out on the picket lines, their students were also concerned about their future.

"I wasn't so happy about that because I don't really want to be out of school because I'm always happy when I get to learn and stuff. It's one of my favorite things to do," says CPS student Madison Wasserman.

13-year-old Nicole Culver spent the day at the Lincoln Park Zoo and playing with her friends at the park.

"I was upset. I don't want to take it out of our break," shared Culver.

Other parents are taking time off from work. Chris Barragan is now working from home to take care of her son.

"I'm trying not to get stressed out, but it's put a lot of people in a bad scenario," Barragan said.

With so much uncertainty, these mothers say they are now planning for the long-haul.

"I really didn't think it would go this far…it just seems like a really poor decision making on everybody's part, and I think it shows lack of support for the kids," Terry Culver, a CPS parent chimes in.

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