Understanding In-Person Learning Models
As part of our reopening plan, students who chose to return to school will learn in-person through a hybrid learning model. K-8 students will split time learning at home and at school. This allows schools to limit class sizes and ensure students and staff can practice social distancing. The model a student gets assigned to depends on the number of students who opt-in for in-person learning and staffing flexibility at their school:
2 Day In-Person Model
- Elementary School students will be assigned to pods that will learn in-person two days per week and remotely three days per week. Students will either learn in-person on Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is a remote learning day for all students.
4 Day In-Person Model
- Elementary School students will be assigned to pods that will learn in-person on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and remotely on Wednesday. High School students will not be assigned to pods.
5-Day in-person Model
- Students in pre-k and cluster cluster will learn in-person five days per week. In some instances, pre-k and cluster programs may need to adopt a hybrid model to allow for social distancing. Some K-8 students may be able to learn in-person five days per week where capacity allows for social distancing.
School Day Examples
These school day examples will explain what to expect during in-person learning so you and your child can prepare for class.
The information below will help you plan for your child’s return to in-person learning.
Protocols for In-person Extracurricular Programs
Vendors may provide in-person programming if they follow the appropriate protocols. If your organization would like to provide in-person programming, please reach out to your school principal or sponsoring central office department contact. If your principal or contact agrees that your organization should be considered for in-person programs, you must submit an on-site services application.
Note that, in order to provide services, vendors must:
- Have an active vendor number
- An active partnership, documented through an open PO, Services Agreement, or grant award letter
- All staff serving students must have a current CPS background check on file for your organization
Reminder about Health Protocols
Chicago Public Schools has put in place number health and safety measures that meet all local, state, and federal guidelines for safely reopening CPS facilities. As part of these safety measures, vendor staff will be required to complete the following prior to entering a CPS facility to:
- Wear the appropriate face covering or mask
- Frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizer
- Maintain a social distance of six feet whenever possible
- Complete a health screener assessment for which the link is here
At the entrance of CPS facilities, there will be a check-in station where a staff member will confirm the points above, and proceed with a temperature check.
To help expedite the check-in process, please complete the health screener before arriving at a CPS facility. The health screener can be submitted by using a mobile device, laptop, or tablet at cps.edu/healthscreener. If you do not pass the health screener, you will not be permitted to enter a CPS facility.
Please watch this two minute video explaining the proper check-in protocol and completion of health screener for staff and visitors. If you have any questions about our health and safety protocols, please contact us at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or firstname.lastname@example.org.