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Health and Safety Protocols

Daily Health Screenings

Chicago Public Schools is requiring all students, employees, and visitors to complete a daily COVID-19 health screener prior to arriving at any CPS school or facility.

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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.

Measures established in our Reopening Framework include:

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Face Coverings

Cloth face coverings will be provided to all staff and students and required at all times. 

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Pods

Students and educators will be grouped into stable pods or small class sizes to minimize exposure to other students, allow for social distancing in classrooms, and support contact tracing

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Daily Screenings

Temperature checks, hand washing, and daily risk and symptom screenings are required of staff, students, and visitors to any CPS building.

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Testing

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the district will facilitate or assist with referral of any student or staff member who is symptomatic or a close contact of someone who tested positive to a free COVID-19 test. 

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Contact Tracing

To help reduce the transmission of COVID-19, CPS has hired dedicated staff to support the intake of cases and provide proper notification. CPS will work in coordination with CDPH to ensure that those identified as close contacts have rapid contact tracing and are connected to city resources such as monitoring and testing.

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Additional Custodians

To ensure comprehensive cleaning protocols are completed every day, the district is hiring 400 additional custodians.

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Sanitizer and Soap

The district invested over $3.5 million to secure over 50,000 hand sanitizer dispensers in all high-traffic areas and soap dispensers to support regular hand washing and sanitizing.

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Disinfectant Wipes

The district allocated over $2 million to purchase 86,000 containers of EPA approved disinfectant wipes for classrooms, offices and other high-touch areas.

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Hospital-Grade Disinfectant Sprayers

Every CPS school has a hospital-grade mister spray unit that will evenly apply EPA-approved disinfectant for maximum disinfection.

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Community Notifications

CPS adopted consistent procedures and community notification protocols developed by CDPH to respond to any confirmed cases of COVID-19. To ensure public awareness, the district is tracking confirmed COVID cases at cps.edu/school-reopening-2020.

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Sneeze Guards and Signage

All schools installed sneeze guards and other physical barriers to protect staff when visitors arrive, and posted signage throughout school facilities to emphasize new policies and procedures.

In addition to these measures, the district has begun an audit of all schools to ensure every classroom is properly ventilated and inspected by an independent industrial hygienist. These assessments will be completed by early November, and we will make reports publicly available following completion of the review. Any classroom that does not have proper ventilation — meaning consistent fresh air intake and exhaust, aligned with national best practices to increase airflow in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 — will be addressed or closed until repairs are completed.