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Online Reopening Guide

CPS SCHOOL YEAR 2020-21

Find all the information and resources you need to be ready for school in one centralized location.

Returning to School

Learn how the district is planning to begin reopening schools for in-person instruction.

 

Reopening Guide for Parents

Learn about the district's plan to support both in-person and remote learners.

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Shared Vision for a Safe Reopening

As educators and parents, we all share a common vision and goal for our young people. We want them to be safe, healthy, and learning. As leaders of the district, we believe we can accomplish this by gradually reopening schools.

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 The Facts About Reopening Schools

As we prepare to safely reopen schools, we want to ensure we address the questions and concerns we are hearing from families. To help make this information easy to find, we created a Facts About Reopening document to answer common concerns and misconceptions.

What Is Contact Tracing and How Does It Work

Contact tracing is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect our community.

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Providing a Safe and Clean Learning Environment

Aligned with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) supports the phased reopening of city schools. Under CDPH's watchful eye, in-person instruction is allowable under current public health conditions. 

During a global pandemic, risk exists for any public gathering. However, to mitigate these risks, the district has developed a comprehensive plan that includes health and safety policies and procedures aligned to local, state, and federal guidance.

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Providing a Safe and Clean Learning Environment

Aligned with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) supports the phased reopening of city schools. Under CDPH's watchful eye, in-person instruction is allowable under current public health conditions. 

During a global pandemic, risk exists for any public gathering. However, to mitigate these risks, the district has developed a comprehensive plan that includes health and safety policies and procedures aligned to local, state, and federal guidance.

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What Will Pre-K Look Like?

COVID-19 is still here, so families should be prepared for school to look and feel different when they return. Take a look at what you can expect a day in pre-k to look like.

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Tracking COVID-19

Actionable Cases

CPS is sharing data about actionable COVID-19 cases to keep the public informed about how the pandemic is affecting the district and its community. Case counts are updated Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) after impacted individuals are notified.

Total Actionable Reported Cases

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Reported Actionable Cases by Week

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Surveillance Testing

The district has implemented a voluntary COVID-19 surveillance testing program for school-based staff. In addition to the strict health protocols we’ve put in place to prepare our school buildings for the safe return of students and staff, our surveillance testing program will help us measure and monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 among asymptomatic staff in our schools. 

We have developed a COVID-19 Testing Handbook to help ensure you understand our surveillance testing strategy and the protocols in place for those whose surveillance testing results indicate that they may have COVID-19. The handbook also includes answers to frequently asked questions that will be updated as the testing program evolves.

Surveillance Testing Data

1/5/2021 - 1/21/2021

Collection Date Tests Administered 1 Total Schools 2 Presumed Positive 3 Confirmed Positive 4 Absent Staff 5 Refused Test 6
Total 2399 634 5 0 1605 704
1/21/21 240 65 1 0 134 89
1/20/21 348 57 1 0 205 104
1/19/21 369 82 0 0 159 98
1/15/21 200 62 0 0 139 57
1/14/21 193 72 1 0 166 86
1/13/21 246 47 2 0 207 76
1/12/21 179 50 0 0 155 66
1/11/21 155 51 0 0 124 47
1/8/21 129 51 0 0 101 39
1/7/21 116 46 0 0 89 23
1/6/21 100 21 0 0 69 18
1/5/21 124 30 0 0 57 1

1. Total Test Administered: The total number of staff screened through the COVID Testing Protocol.
2. Total Schools
: The total number of schools where the COVID Testing Protocol was administered on a certain day.
3. Presumed Positive
: The number of rapid antigen tests where the outcome required a PCR confirmatory test to be performed. Staff members who are presumed positive are immediately offered a PCR test for a diagnostic result to be given.
4. Confirmed Positive: The number of diagnostic PCR test results that were positive. These results will be reflected in the Actionable Reported Cases graphics above.
5. Absent staff: The number of staff members who were designated to be tested on a certain day but were not because they did not attend work.
6. Refused Test: The number of staff who were offered a test and declined. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about reopening. 

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Child Learning Hubs

We are offering Child Learning Hubs from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to families that need assistance with child supervision during remote learning.

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Child Learning Hubs

We are offering Child Learning Hubs from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to families that need assistance with child supervision during remote learning.

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Family Training

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VIRTUAL,
REAL TIME TRAININGS
Learn How to Use 
Google Education Suite

This school year, families will use a variety of different Google tools to take their classes remotely from home. Join us for one of our live, virtual training sessions (in English or Spanish) so you can be prepared for class. 

Google Education Suite

Watch recorded versions of our live training sessions as well as other helpful training videos on all the Google Education Suite that will be utilized for remote learning.

How to Join

Initial Access

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Remote Learning Technology

In order to participate in remote learning activities, students will need to have 1.) a technology device that can connect to the internet; 2.) internet access through an internet service provider or mobile phone; and 3.) a CPS account which will be used to access remote learning content.  Learn how to access and set-up each of these in the sections below. 

Technology Devices

Find out how to access and use different internet connected technology devices that will allow you to complete remote learning tasks.

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Internet Access

Find options for internet service providers and Wi-Fi network connections, or if you qualify for free internet service through out Chicago Connected initiative.

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CPS Accounts

Find out how to log-into you current CPS.edu account or how to request a new one if you do not have one.

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CPS Meal Sites

CPS families can pick-up free meals from more than 450 sites during the 2020-21 school year.
Get additional information about meal pick-up processes and the latest updates on availability.

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Meal Site Schedule

Keep Track of upcoming meal pick-up dates.

January 24

CLOSED

 
January 25

OPEN

8am - 1pm
January 26

OPEN

8am - 1pm
January 27

OPEN

8am - 1pm
January 28

OPEN

8am - 1pm
January 29

OPEN

8am - 1pm
January 30

CLOSED

 

* Times are subject to change.

Family Support Numbers

If you need help with questions about back to school and reopening topics, please reach out to one of our support teams. Assistance is available in English and Spanish.

GENERAL SUPPORT

Healthy CPS Hotline

Monday - Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

773-553-KIDS (5437)

familyservices@cps.edu

School Day Examples

While some aspects of remote learning will resemble this past spring, many things will be different and required this fall. Get a better understanding of what to expect when your student starts taking classes in September by grade level.

Pre-K

IN PERSON      REMOTE  

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Grades K - 2

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Grades 3 - 5

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Grades 6-8

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Grades 9 - 12

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Cluster Programs

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Documents & Guides

For more information on Remote Learning details and best practices, download and review on of our family facing reopening guides.

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Reopening Framework

Ensuring a safe return to school with COVID-19 has created the need to evaluate several different operational models. Over the last few months, CPS has assembled 100s of experts and conducted numerous surveys/focus groups with key stakeholders to evaluate these models. Based on this we have created a progressive series of reopening models to use as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

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Staff Resources

To find the latest resources for all CPS staff on reopening, including guidance documents and training session, please visit the CPS Knowledge Center. 

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