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Reopening Framework

CPS SCHOOL YEAR 2020-21

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Get a better understanding of the planning and details behind our reopening plans.

Reopening Models

Our top priority in planning for the fall has been to provide high-quality instruction in a learning environment that prioritizes the health, safety, and social and emotional needs of our students and staff. To balance these objectives, CPS considered several learning models for beginning the 2020–21 school year.

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Learn-at-Home Full Time

What this means for students and educators

  • Students and staff participate in remote learning on all instructional days.

Benefits of this model

  • Lowest risk for COVID-19 transmission in the school community.

Challenges of this model

  • Presents challenges for learning, particularly for vulnerable student populations. 

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Guiding Principles

While each scenario has its own challenges and benefits, the district developed a reopening plan that aligns with the commitments and core values outlined in our Five-Year Vision,  Success Starts Here,  and the guidance of the city’s public health officials. These are the guiding principles for our reopening guidance:

Community Feedback

Through multiple surveys and focus groups administered over the summer, we heard from our parents, students and staff on their thoughts, concerns, and priorities for resuming school this fall. When asked after reviewing the preliminary framework, did they plan to come back to school when it reopens, we received the following responses:

Elementary School

Elementary School Parents Graph

  Not Sure       No       Yes

High School

High School Parents Graph

  Not Sure       No       Yes

Decision Point

After carefully considering their guidance and hearing feedback from our families and community members, Chicago Public Schools will begin the year learning at home through, at least the end of the first quarter.

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Final Reopening Framework

On August 18, CPS released our Final Reopening Framework document which provides a full overview of our expected reopening process.