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COVID-19 Safety Guidance and Updates

This page contains key information about the District’s safety guidance and protocols to keep families, staff, and school communities safe from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Guidance

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. This section contains the latest guidance for CPS staff and families.

If you have any of these COVID-19 symptoms, you should get tested:

  • Fever 100.4 or higher; chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • New muscle or body aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Fatigue

Key Safety Measures

Learn about the key safety measures that the District has put in place to keep school communities safe from COVID-19.

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    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.

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    To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the District conducts weekly COVID-19 testing at all schools. To sign up for weekly testing or view the testing schedule, visit

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    Contact Tracing

    To help reduce the transmission of COVID-19, CPS has dedicated contact tracers on staff to investigate COVID-19 cases and notify close contacts. CPS works in coordination with CDPH to ensure that those identified as close contacts also have rapid contact tracing and are connected 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 The district has also spent $70 million on mechanical upgrades.

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    Additional Custodians

    To ensure comprehensive cleaning protocols are completed every day, the District has hired 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 has allocated over $2.94 million to purchase 92,667 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.

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

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Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues

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Throw away used tissues (then wash hands)

trash into a garbage can

If you don't have a tissue, use your sleeve

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Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

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Stay home if you are feeling sick

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