Urgent: New option for full-time in-person learning for beginning April 5 (elementary)

Dear CPS Families -

Your elementary child (or children) is currently enrolled in remote learning.

Based on new state requirements, CPS elementary schools will shift to full-time in-person learning five days per week, beginning Monday, April 5. You have two options for your elementary student:

  • Attend school in-person, full-time (full day, 5 days per week), or
  • Participate in remote learning, full time (full day, 5 days per week)
Please complete this short two-question form by Wednesday 3/17
to choose in-person for your student beginning April 5.

If we do not hear from you, your child will continue remote learning.

Here are additional details you need to know:

  • The state requires that classrooms will be setup for at least 3 feet physical distancing and at least 6 feet physical distancing during mealtimes
  • Shifting to in-person may mean that your child changes teachers or classrooms
  • Depending on staffing and space considerations, 'in-person' learning may include being taught by an in-person teacher or learning through a CPS device in a supervised learning space with instruction being provided by a teacher who is still remote.
  • You cannot request a specific teacher or classrooms and you might not find out your child’s teacher or classroom configuration until schedules are finalized
  • Because of these changes, CPS is pausing until further notice the “COVID-19 Hardship Process” that permits families to request changes to their instructional mode. Families of current remote learners can submit their request to shift to in-person learning through the form below for the April expansion.
  • CPS will continue to implement its comprehensive COVID-19 mitigation measures, including our comprehensive testing system for students and staff, robust contact tracing and quarantine protocols, and established infection control teams at each school will continue.
    In-person elementary students can be tested for COVID-19 weekly.

I want to acknowledge that this change will require a lot of work by our school leaders and staff to once again change their schedules and plans. We just expanded in-person learning last week, and our students and educators are just getting into these new routines. This continuous change can be stressful and challenging for our educators and staff. We thank our school staff for their flexibility, resilience, and creativity to adapt.


Kenneth N. Salim, Ed.D.

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