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

After almost a year of school closures and remote learning due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is finalizing plans to reopen in-person learning for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) has put together a set of best practices and key questions to help CPS parents and caregivers navigate this challenging time. CPS has established overall guidelines which allow schools to create detailed plans based on specific conditions, resources and needs. Parents and caregivers who have chosen to send their children back to school need to be well informed about both public health guidelines and CPS guidelines so that they can be active partners with their principals, teachers and other school officials to ensure safety in their buildings. This document is intended to help you answer the question: Is my school taking the right steps to keep students safe?

Public health experts have identified areas of focus for schools to open safely and minimize infection spread within their buildings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here we outline best practices for each of these topic areas and compare them to CPS’ current written policies. 

As a parent or caregiver in CPS, you have the right to hold your school accountable for maintaining the highest level of safety in the school building.

[Note: This document has not yet been updated to reflect the agreement between CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union reached on Feb. 9, 2021.]

Prevention Measures In Depth
Public Health Experts agree that safe school reopenings must have written policies in the following topic areas to open safely amid high community spread. Download detailed best practices, CPS policies and questions guides for each area below.

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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