CPS students make snowy, icy commute back to school - FOX 32 News Chicago

CPS students make snowy, icy commute back to school

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Chicago Public Schools reopened Wednesday. For many of the thousands students returning to class, about a foot of snow and ice awaited their arrival.

Mounds of snow and ice in the Englewood neighborhood stood in the way of kids and their schools. Parents weren't looking forward to sending their kids to school through this.

"Rough. Real bad, you gotta walk in the street," CPS mother Samantha Parker said of the conditions. "You can't walk on the sidewalks, so it's going to be real rough."

Although the sidewalks around the schools are clear of snow, the routes to school - including Safe Passage - are buried forcing pedestrians to take to the street.

"The school is around the corner, but I'm going to have to walk so that she can walk in the street," Parker said. "They're not doing the sidewalks."

According to the municipal code of Chicago, home owners and renters are responsible for shoveling or they could face a $50 fine. But many believe it is the city that should do the heavy lifting.

"They need to have more people to shovel the streets for the people who are walking past and having to get on the bus because it's cold out here," Chicago resident Bianca Walker said.

The city also offers volunteers to shovel for you in extreme circumstances, which you can take advantage of by calling 311.

In addition to the cold, it is dangerous for kids to walk in the streets, as drivers zoom past. People are sometimes just a few feet away from being hit as the walk in the street.

"There's too much snow just to walk through it and it's like people just look at you and don't even bother to come out and shovel or anything. They just stare at you like you're just a weirdo walking through the snow," high school student Alissa Arreola said.

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