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Chicago union leaders OK plan to resume in-person classes

Chicago students will resume classes Wednesday after the teachers union accepted a proposal for COVID-19 safety protocols.

CHICAGO — EDITOR'S NOTE: The above video aired on Jan. 5.

Students in the nation's third-largest school district will resume classes this week after leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union accepted a proposal with the district over COVID-19 safety protocols. 

Both sides had been locked in an increasingly bitter standoff that canceled classes for five days in the nation's third-largest district. The full deal still requires approval by the union's full 25,000 members, but students are expected back in class Wednesday with teachers returning a day earlier.

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Issues on the table have been metrics to close schools and expanded COVID-19 testing. 

The union voted last week to revert to online instruction and told teachers not to show up in person at schools as negotiations continued amid a surge in COVID-19 infections.