The majority of some 4,000 District 46 students either stayed at home or their parents found alternative daycare for them on the first day of the teacher strike Wednesday.
District 46 Supt. Ellen Correll reported to Patch that as of about 9 a.m. Wednesday, the headcount for the Champions program being offered at Prairieview School from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. was just 25 students.
Attendance was even bleaker at the Grayslake Park District's "Strike Camp," which runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday and next Tuesday if necessary. Monday is a holiday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day Jr.'s birthday.
"We only have a handful (of students) today, four right now," park district director Jeff Nehila told Patch Wednesday morning.
"My guess is a lot of parents may have taken the day off today. Based on the number of phone inquiries we’ve had his morning, I do anticipate the number of attendees growing in the next few days as parents seem to be making plans for the rest of this week and next week as well."
The Round Lake Area Park District is also advertising its full-time daycare at a cost of $8 to $26 per day or $39 to $148 per week.
"Regardless of whether your child currently attends our Kindergarten Club or School Age Club, we have space to accommodate your needs," wrote marketing manager Marlon Rodas in a press release. Patch has attached the park district PDF to this post for those interested in learning more.
The cost to attend Champions is $20 for up to four hours (lunch is another $3) or $33 for the full day.
The cost to attend the Grayslake Park District's strike camps is $30 per day and $25 per additional sibling.
Tell Us Parents: What arrangements did you make for your students on the first day of the strike. What are your plans going forward?