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Important Message  (updated April 19, 2020)

 

During the school closing period due to Coronavirus, we would like to tell all our families to stay safe and healthy.  Hopefully we will all be back together soon!  

 

 

 

Dear CPS Parents and Families,
 
Earlier today, Governor Pritzker announced that in-person instruction will be suspended for the rest of the school year in Illinois to further slow the spread of COVID-19. We understand this is difficult news to hear, but we support the governor’s decision to protect the health and wellness of all Illinoisans. So while our school buildings may be closed, our teachers will continue to teach and our students will continue to learn. The important work of educating your child will not stop, and you will continue to hear from us regularly for the remainder of the scheduled school year. We know this is a tough time, but Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will be here to support you every step of the way. 
 
Here are some things to keep in mind as we continue moving forward together.
 
Remote learning will continue through the end of the school year.
This extended closure will not prevent us from providing your child with the quality education they deserve. Robust remote learning plans will continue through June 18, 2020—the last day of scheduled classes. Your child’s school will continue providing high-quality learning options that meet your family’s needs.
  • Visit cps.edu/remotelearning for the most up-to-date information on remote learning and to access valuable learning resources.
  • If your school is providing remote learning online and your child needs a device, please contact their principal.
  • Please see these best practices for important information about privacy and confidentiality when engaging in virtual learning.
  • Your involvement is key to ensuring your child puts forth their best effort. Please take advantage of the resources offered by your school, including remote office hours with your child’s teachers.
  • Please utilize Parent Portal to monitor your child’s progress. Click here for more information on Parent Portal and contact your child’s school with questions.
Grab-and-Go meals will be available for the rest of the school year.
Even as schools remain closed, we are committed to providing free, healthy meals for the rest of the school year. To date, we have served more than five million meals, and families in need can pick up grab-and-go meals at more than 270 meal sites around the city.
  • To find a meal site near you, please visit cps.edu/mealsites.
  • You can pick up three days worth of meals for your child at any site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.
We recognize there are a number of outstanding questions regarding the end of the school year, including grading in quarter four, grade advancement, and requirements for graduation. We are working to quickly answer these questions and will update you as soon as possible.
None of us could’ve imagined that the final stretch of our school year would look like this, but just as we’ve done since this journey began, we will work together to pull each other through. We are here for you, and we will come out stronger on the other side.
Please stay safe, healthy, and connected.  
Sincerely,
Janice K. Jackson, EdD      LaTanya D. McDade
Chief Executive Officer       Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools       Chicago Public Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Message  (updated April 13, 2020)

 

Dear CPS Family, 

 

While we know this is not the spring break you anticipated, we hope this week has provided you a chance to relax and gear up for remote learning, which begins this Monday, April 13. Our district has been working around the clock to create remote learning plans that will meet the unique needs of every student. We thank our dedicated teams for taking on this monumental task and applaud everyone for successfully completing years of work in just a few weeks. 

 

Launching Our Remote Learning Plan

Our schools have been busy connecting with families about what remote learning will look like for their children. To ensure greater access to virtual learning opportunities, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is distributing more than 100,000 devices to students in communities around our city. If your child needs a device to access digital remote learning, please contact the Information and Technology Services Parent Support Help Line at 773-417-1060 Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. We have also created this guide to help families explore how they can get connected to the Internet for remote learning.   

 

CPS is committed to providing high-quality learning options for all students from Monday, April 13, through the end of our state-mandated closure. Please note that remote learning will not take place on Friday, April 17, as it is a professional development day for teachers on the CPS calendar.

 

We urge all families to visit cps.edu/remotelearning for the most up-to-date information on remote learning and to access valuable remote learning resources for their children. For students participating in remote learning virtually, please see these best practices for important information about privacy and confidentiality. 

 

Updated Locations for Grab-and-Go Meals

CPS has distributed nearly five million meals since the start of the school closure on March 17, and we remain committed to providing our families with free, healthy meals for as long as our school closure lasts. To give families the most consistent experience when picking up food and to better support school staff, we announced last week that grab-and-go meal sites were being consolidated.

 

Beginning Monday, April 13, families may pick up meals at one of more than 270 CPS schools. Meals can be picked up Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. To find the meal distribution site nearest you, visit cps.edu/mealsites.

 

On Monday, we will all begin a journey into uncharted territory. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, but we know that if we work together, we can provide our children with the education they need to remain on track and continue growing until we can all be together again. We thank you for your partnership and look forward to starting this new chapter as one CPS family. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Janice K. Jackson, EdD        LaTanya D. McDade
Chief Executive Officer        Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools        Chicago Public Schools

 

 

 

Chicago Public Schools will remain closed through April 30.

Dear CPS Parents, Families, and Staff,

This past month has been an unprecedented challenge for all of us. As difficult as it has been to see our normal lives put on pause, we are incredibly proud of our CPS family and how you have moved to protect the health of our city. Today, Governor Pritzker announced that the state-wide mandated school closures will be extended through April 30.

As hard as this is, it is what we need to do in order to keep our city safe, and we promise that we are working diligently to support our students, families, and staff members through these closures. 

Important Reminders

Healthy meals are available to our students.
Since our schools closed, over 2.1 million free grab-and-go meals have been provided to CPS families. Families can continue to pick up grab-and-go meals at their neighborhood CPS school from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Remote learning will begin on April 13, 2020.
Earlier this week, we announced our Pre-K–12 remote learning plan to keep our students engaged, learning, and connected to their school community during the closure. 

  • Remote learning assignments and activities will only improve student grades. Our aim is to increase learning, not to negatively impact our students during school closures. 

  • The district will be distributing more than 100,000 devices to help narrow the digital divide during this period. 

  • Please visit cps.edu/remotelearning to learn more. 

You can take crucial actions every day to help protect yourself and your community. 

If you need help locating medical care, please reach out to the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness at oshw@cps.edu or by calling the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437).

We will get through this together. 

Sincerely, 

Janice K. Jackson, EdD LaTanya D. McDade

Chief Executive Officer Chief Education Officer

Chicago Public Schools Chicago Public Schools

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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