In-Person Learning Resources for Parents and Caregivers at Chicago Public Schools

March 2021 | After almost a year of school closures due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) re-opened school buildings for in-person learning.

Drawing on both public health and CPS safety guidelines, Healthy Schools Campaign developed an essential resource to help parents and caregivers answer the question: Is my school taking the right steps to keep students safe?

Public health experts have identified specific topics that schools need to address to minimize infection spread within buildings. Using this evidence-based research, HSC outlined best practices for each of the main topic areas and compared them with current CPS policies. Individual schools created detailed plans, within CPS general guidance, based on specific conditions, resources and needs.

HSC believes that parents and caregivers deserve to be well-informed about both public health and CPS policies so they can be active partners with their principals, teachers and other school officials on evaluating school safety. This resource is intended to help families hold their school accountable for maintaining the highest level of safety in school buildings.

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These resources are based on best practices provided by the Harvard School of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As scientists learn more about the spread of COVID-19 in schools, including more transmissible variants of the virus that are currently emerging, there will be more information to use to determine how to safely conduct in-person school. This is a living document that will continue to be updated as we learn more about the virus, school spread, and the public health best practices are updated.

Disclaimer: The information in this resource guide is provided for general informational purposes only.

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