In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CPS has developed a comprehensive plan that includes safety protocols, procedures, and guidance to keep families, staff, and school communities safe from COVID-19. If you have any of these COVID-19 symptoms, you should get tested:
- Fever 100.4 or higher; chills
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- New muscle or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Runny nose or congestion
Key Safety Measures
Learn about the key safety measures that the District has put in place to keep school communities safe from COVID-19.
CPS encourages the use of masks at school, outside on school property, and on school buses. Students and staff can request a mask from their school.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, free rapid tests are available at CPS locations for students, families, and staff.
To help reduce the transmission of COVID-19, CPS has a dedicated team to investigate COVID-19 cases. CPS works in coordination with CDPH to prevent outbreaks, notify for exposures and connect individuals to city resources such as monitoring and testing.
HEPA Filters and Air Quality Assessments
Through an $8.5 million investment by the District, every classroom and front office is receiving its own HEPA purifier, which filters over 99.99% of airborne viruses, bacteria, and mold. And to ensure buildings are properly ventilated, the district conducted multi-stage ventilation and air quality assessments, which inspected every room and utilized state-certified environmental specialists. Those reports can be found at cps.edu/airquality. The district has also spent $70 million on mechanical upgrades.
To ensure comprehensive cleaning protocols are completed every day, the District has hired additional custodians.
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.
The District has allocated over $2.94 million to purchase 92,667 containers of EPA-approved disinfectant wipes for classrooms, offices, and other high-touch areas.
Hospital-Grade Disinfectant Sprayers
Every CPS school has a hospital-grade mister spray unit that will evenly apply EPA-approved disinfectant for maximum disinfection.
Best Practices to Prevent COVID
These are some best practices to follow to reduce your chance of catching COVID-19.
Wash hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer gel
Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues
Throw away used tissues (then wash hands)
If you don't have a tissue, use your sleeve
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Stay home if you are feeling sick