Thousands of pre-kindergarten and some special education students in Chicago Public Schools returned to in-person learning earlier this month. Pre-kindergarten teacher Angela Panush reads a story to her students at Dawes Elementary on January 11.

Pre-kindergarten teacher Angela Panush reads a story to her students at Dawes Elementary in Chicago, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Chicago Public Schools students began their return to the classroom Monday as school doors opened to thousands of pre-kindergarten and some special education students after going remote last March due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, Pool)