APTOPIX Chicago School Closings

August 26, 2013 - 11:35 AM
Safety Guard Renee Green high-fives Demari Hill, 5, as she heads to Gresham Elementary School with her parents Destiny and Anthony Hill on her first day of kindergarten classes on Monday, Aug. 26. 2013, in Chicago. Thousands of students will walk newly designated “Safe Passage” routes after CPS announced in May it would close about 50 schools and programs. Workers hired to help students get to and from school safely will be stationed along those routes, as well as police, firefighters and even public library security guards. (AP Photos/M. Spencer Green)