Frequently Asked Questions

Updates to the FAQ will be made as events develop.

Frequently Asked Questions



What happens during a strike?

Starting Thursday, October 17, CPS classes and extracurricular activities will be canceled until a contract agreement is reached with the CTU and SEIU. School buildings will remain open to students and continue to operate on their normal bell schedule. Principals and non-unionized support staff will be there to greet students; engage them in activities; serve breakfast and lunch; and provide supper to take home.

Chicago Public Libraries and Chicago Parks will be open, along with Safe Haven sites and other community partner sites. You can find a list of non-CPS sites, their hours, and whether food is available in the site locator.


Will my child be marked absent if they don’t attend school during a strike?

No. While all school buildings will remain open, classes will not be in session. Your child will not be marked absent, nor will they risk attendance issues once the strike is over.


Which school or alternative site should my child attend?

If your child needs a safe place to stay during the day, we encourage them to attend their regular school, but we will welcome students at any school that serves their grade level. Chicago Public Libraries, Chicago Parks, Safe Haven sites, and other community partner sites will be open. A list of alternative sites is available in the site locator.

To search for the closest options available for your child, enter your address into the site locator and choose the school that serves your child’s grade level. For assistance finding an alternative site for your child, email contingencyplan@cps.edu and provide your home address.

If you choose a CPS school, please complete the student registration form to register your child. Although registration is not mandatory, it helps ensure we have adequate staffing and meals to serve children. You will need to know your child’s student ID number to register them. If you do not know your child's student ID number, please call your child's school. For security purposes, school staff will request your child’s name, birthdate, and primary point of contact before they share your child’s student ID number.

If you choose a non-CPS location, please note any requirements they may have (i.e., age restrictions or supervision requirements).


What are the sites’ operating hours?

CPS schools will operate on their normal bell schedule. However, before-school or after-school programs, including extended day, will not be available. Find more information about alternative site hours, use the site locator.


How will schools and alternative sites be staffed?

CPS schools will be led by the principal and supported by trained CPS staff, including contracted nurses and custodial services. Supporting staff will work together with the CPS Office of Safety and Security and the Chicago Police Department to ensure students are safe during a strike. Libraries and parks will be staffed by regular Chicago Public Library and Park District employees.


What type of programming will be offered to students?

Students will not receive regular classroom instruction during a strike. However, students will be able to participate in activities led by CPS staff under the direction of the principal, including online learning, arts and crafts, independent reading and writing, and other activities.


Will school-based partners and service providers be able to provide services at CPS schools?

The district will allow school-based partners and service providers to provide services at schools at the principal's discretion. Please reach out to your principal for more information. Partners can also provide services at their own locations at their discretion. These opportunities will be available on the site locator.


How will a strike impact charter and contract schools?

Charter and contract schools will continue to operate on their normal schedules, and families should look for any updates or changes from their principal or school operator.


Will CPS buses be operating?

No. CPS will not provide bus service to district-run schools during a strike. Charter and contract school buses will continue to operate on a normal schedule. Free CTA transportation will be available to students.


Will CPS provide students with meals during the strike?

CPS schools will serve breakfast and lunch and provide supper to take home, and the site locator details which alternative sites will have food available for students.


How will CPS schools or alternative sites address my child's allergies or other medical needs?

If your child has medical needs, please be aware that the staff who regularly provide those services to your child will not be available during a strike. As strike days are not regular school days, IEPs and 504 Plans will not be implemented. We will, however, ensure contract nurses are available to support students as needed, and schools will continue to follow CPS health policies (food allergy, medication administration, asthma, diabetes management, etc.). If your child attends a different school or an alternative site during the strike, please notify the staff of your child’s medical conditions and provide the appropriate medication.


Will CPS schools provide supports to students with disabilities?

If your child needs special education support, please be aware that the staff who regularly provide those services to your child will not be available during a strike. As strike days are not regular school days, IEPs will not be implemented. We will, however, ensure contract nurses are available to support students as needed.


How will sports and other after-school activities be impacted by a strike?

All after-school activities will be canceled. This includes—but is not limited to—team practices and competitions, tutoring, field trips, Parent University activities, and other community activities. For specific questions regarding make-up games or events, please contact your coach or event lead.


Will make-up days be added to the CPS academic calendar?

Families will be notified about any changes to the school year calendar. At this time, we do not plan to make up days missed due to a strike.


My child has a college or other post-secondary application deadline during the strike. How can my child obtain their transcripts or other needed materials?

During a strike, principals will be able to fulfill transcript requests for students at their school. Families are encouraged to plan ahead with regard to obtaining letters of recommendation and other required materials.


My child is registered to attend a selective enrollment open house this weekend. Are those still happening?

No. All selective enrollment open houses have been canceled. They will be rescheduled at a later date. Please contact the school directly for an update.


How can I keep up to date on the latest news and plans about the strike?

For the latest news and information regarding the strike, visit cps.edu/contingencyplan. You can also sign up to receive updates by email at cps.edu/signup and follow us on social media:


Where can I learn more about CPS’ contract offers?

To learn more about our contract offers, which includes a minimum 16 percent raise for all CTU and SEIU Local 73 members over the next five years, in addition to a variety of other benefits and measures to strengthen our schools, please visit cps.edu/ouroffer.


Is there a list of all CPS school and alternative site locations available?

Yes. You can view or download the list of all available sites.

List of Schools (XLS)

List of Schools (PDF)


Online Learning Resources

 

 

On Friday, April 1, 2016 CTU members will engage in a one-day strike. While some teachers have committed to their classrooms on the 1st, with an undetermined number of staff absences, CPS cannot operate as it would on a regular school day.

For families who do not have the option of keeping their student(s) home or attending a non-CPS facility on April 1, CPS and its partners will operate more than 250 contingency Student Sites across the city that will ensure students are safe, fed, and engaged.


Frequently Asked Questions


What site will my child attend?

To determine the options available for your child, start by entering your address into the Student Site Locator Tool. The Locator Tool will provide you with an elementary and high school option, as well as Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, and Safe Haven sites within a similar area.

If you choose a CPS school site, please use the tool to pre-register your student(s) for the day - and that you're choosing the school option that matches your student's grade level.

For additional assistance, you can dial 311. Please have your address ready when you call.


What time will the sites be open from and to?

  • CPS schools and Chicago Park District sites will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Chicago Public Library sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Safe Haven hours, which are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

How will these sites be staffed?

Contingency sites will be supported by trained staff from CPS and its partners. Together with CPS Safety and Security, and the Chicago Police Department, these staff members will work to ensure students are safe, fed, and engaged throughout the day on April 1.


Will CPS buses be operating on April 1?

No. Due to the variance of contingency sites, CPS will not be providing bus service to district-run schools on April 1st. However, the CTA is providing free transportation to all CPS students.

Charter school bus service will continue to operate on a normal schedule.


Will CPS continue to provide students with meals during the strike?

Yes. At each contingency site students will be provided with breakfast and lunch.


What about my child's allergies or other health and wellness needs?

All CPS health policies (food allergy, medication administration, asthma, diabetes management, etc.) will be followed.

CPS schools will have on hand the most current 504 plans for students with known medical conditions. Parents are asked to provide documentation of any new diagnoses and/or medication changes. Based upon the 504 plans and any newly obtained information, the appropriate staff member will be notified.


What are the District's plans to ensure special education students are receiving the support needed on April 1st?

There are six specialty school sites designated in the list of CPS school contingency sites. While it is not necessary for parents to utilize these sites for Diverse Learners, there will be options for early childhood, elementary, and high school students.

Additionally, all program site administrators and on-site nurses will have access to student IEPs to ensure appropriate supports are available for students attending the site.


Will scheduled sports practices and other afterschool activities still take place?

No. All after school programming,will be cancelled. (This includes practices and games, per IHSA regulations.) For specific questions on makeup games or events, please contact your coach or event lead.


What type of programming will be offered to students?

With an undetermined number of staff absences due to the strike on April 1, regular classroom instruction will not occur. While we regret the loss in instructional time, students will be engaged through a variety of activities, including online learning opportunities, arts and crafts, physical education, and independent reading/writing activities.


Will CPS have to make up any lost academic days if there is a strike?

No. CPS will still have enough student attendance days remaining in the school year to meet the minimum state requirements for receipt of general state aid.


My student was supposed to take the PARCC exam on April 1. What happens now?

The PARCC exam will not be administered on April 1. Your student's principal will communicate the new testing schedule as soon as it's confirmed.


How can one keep up to date on the latest news and plans that CPS has about the strike?

For the latest news and information regarding the strike, please visit cps.edu. You can also sign up for the latest updates by email at cps.edu/signup.


I am a CTU Member and I want to come to work. Do I have to report to my school?

Any CTU member is welcome to work on April 1, and to do so at either their normal school or a CPS contingency site.

If reporting to their regular school, CTU members should check in with their principal, in addition to following normal swipe in / out procedures to ensure they can be paid for the day. At other CPS sites, CTU members should check in with the principal or designated site leader and follow normal swipe in / out procedures.

Finally, CTU members who are also CPS parents and who report to work at a contingency site on April 1 are welcome to bring their children with them.


Is there a list of all April 1 CPS school locations available?

Yes. You can view or download the list of all April 1 CPS school locations by clicking the links below:

List of Schools (XLS)

List of Schools (PDF)




School Name School Type School Address Phone Specialty
ARMSTRONG G ES 2110 W Greenleaf Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60645 (773) 534-2150
AVALON PARK ES 8045 S Kenwood Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60619 (773) 535-6615
BEASLEY ES 5255 S State St. Chicago, Illinois 60609 (773) 535-1230
BEAUBIEN ES 5025 N Laramie Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60630 (773) 534-3500
BELL ES 3730 N Oakley Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60618 (773) 534-5150
BLAIR ES 6751 W 63rd Pl. Chicago, Illinois 60638 (773) 535-2076 Specialty - ES
BRIGHTON PARK ES 3825 S Washtenaw Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60632 (773) 535-7237
BRUNSON ES 932 N Central Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60651 (773) 534-6025
CHRISTOPHER ES 5042 S Artesian Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60632 (773) 535-9375 Specialty - ES
CLAY ES 13231 S Burley Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60633 (773) 535-5600
CLINTON ES 6110 N Fairfield Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60659 (773) 534-2025
COOK ES 8150 S Bishop St. Chicago, Illinois 60620 (773) 535-3315
COOPER ES 1624 W 19th St. Chicago, Illinois 60608 (773) 534-7205
CUFFE ES 8324 S Racine Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60620 (773) 535-8250
CURTIS ES 32 E 115th St. Chicago, Illinois 60628 (773) 535-5050
DEPRIEST ES 139 S Parkside Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60644 (773) 534-6800
DETT ES 2131 W Monroe St. Chicago, Illinois 60612 (773) 534-7160
DISNEY ES 4140 N Marine Dr. Chicago, Illinois 60613 (773) 534-5840
DRAKE ES 2710 S Dearborn St. Chicago, Illinois 60616 (773) 534-9129
DUBOIS ES 330 E 133rd St. Chicago, Illinois 60827 (773) 535-5582
EARLE ES 2040 W 62nd St. Chicago, Illinois 60636 (773) 535-9130
EBERHART ES 3400 W 65th Pl. Chicago, Illinois 60629 (773) 535-9190
EDWARDS ES 4815 S Karlov Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60632 (773) 535-4875
FERNWOOD ES 10041 S Union Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60628 (773) 535-2700
FISKE ES 6020 S Langley Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60637 (773) 535-0990
FORT DEARBORN ES 9025 S Throop St. Chicago, Illinois 60620 (773) 535-2680
GALE ES 1631 W Jonquil Ter. Chicago, Illinois 60626 (773) 534-2100
GARY ES 3740 W 31st St. Chicago, Illinois 60623 (773) 534-1455
GILLESPIE ES 9301 S State St. Chicago, Illinois 60619 (773) 535-5065
GOETHE ES 2236 N Rockwell St. Chicago, Illinois 60647 (773) 534-4135
GREGORY ES 3715 W Polk St. Chicago, Illinois 60624 (773) 534-6820
HANSON PARK ES 5411 W Fullerton Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60639 (773) 534-3100
HEALY ES 3010 S Parnell Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60616 (773) 534-9190
HEFFERAN ES 4409 W Wilcox St. Chicago, Illinois 60624 (773) 534-6192
HENRY ES 4250 N Saint Louis Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60618 (773) 534-5060
HERNANDEZ MS 3510 W 55th St. Chicago, Illinois 60632 (773) 535-8850
HERZL ES 3711 W Douglas Blvd. Chicago, Illinois 60623 (773) 534-1480
HIBBARD ES 3244 W Ainslie St. Chicago, Illinois 60625 (773) 534-5191
HUGHES L ES 240 W 104th St. Chicago, Illinois 60628 (773) 535-5075
INTER-AMERICAN ES 851 W Waveland Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60613 (773) 534-5490
JOPLIN ES 7931 S Honore St. Chicago, Illinois 60620 (773) 535-3425
LIBBY ES 5300 S Loomis Blvd. Chicago, Illinois 60609 (773) 535-9050
LOGANDALE MS 3212 W George St. Chicago, Illinois 60618 (773) 534-5350
LORCA ES 3231 N Springfield Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60618 (773) 534-0950
MANIERRE ES 1420 N Hudson Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60610 (773) 534-8456
MARSH ES 9822 S Exchange Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60617 (773) 535-6430
MASON ES 4217 W 18th St. Chicago, Illinois 60623 (773) 534-1530
MCKAY ES 6901 S Fairfield Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60629 (773) 535-9340
MCPHERSON ES 4728 N Wolcott Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60640 (773) 534-2625
MIRELES ES 9000 S Exchange Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60617 (773) 535-6360
MOUNT GREENWOOD ES 10841 S Homan Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60655 (773) 535-2786
NEWBERRY ES 700 W Willow St. Chicago, Illinois 60614 (773) 534-8000
NIGHTINGALE ES 5250 S Rockwell St. Chicago, Illinois 60632 (773) 535-9270
NIXON ES 2121 N Keeler Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60639 (773) 534-4375
NOBEL ES 4127 W Hirsch St. Chicago, Illinois 60651 (773) 534-4365
ONAHAN ES 6634 W Raven St. Chicago, Illinois 60631 (773) 534-1180
PARKER ES 6800 S Stewart Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60621 (773) 535-3375
PARKSIDE ES 6938 S East End Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60649 (773) 535-0940
PEREZ ES 1241 W 19th St. Chicago, Illinois 60608 (773) 534-7650
PICCOLO ES 1040 N Keeler Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60651 (773) 534-4425
PORTAGE PARK ES 5330 W Berteau Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60641 (773) 534-3576
PRIETO ES 2231 N Central Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60639 (773) 534-0210
REINBERG ES 3425 N Major Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60634 (773) 534-3465
SAWYER ES 5248 S Sawyer Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60632 (773) 535-0440
SEWARD ES 4600 S Hermitage Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60609 (773) 535-4890
SHERWOOD ES 245 W 57th St. Chicago, Illinois 60621 (773) 535-0829
SHOOP ES 11140 S Bishop St. Chicago, Illinois 60643 (773) 535-2715
SKINNER ES 1260 W Adams St. Chicago, Illinois 60607 (773) 534-7790
SMYSER ES 4310 N Melvina Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60634 (773) 534-3711
SMYTH ES 1059 W 13th St. Chicago, Illinois 60608 (773) 534-7180
SOUTH LOOP ES 1212 S Plymouth Ct. Chicago, Illinois 60605 (773) 534-8690
SPRY ES ES 2400 S Marshall Blvd. Chicago, Illinois 60623 (773) 534-1700
STEVENSON ES 8010 S Kostner Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60652 (773) 535-2280
STOCK ES 7507 W Birchwood Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60631 (773) 534-1215 Specialty - ES
TALCOTT ES 1840 W Ohio St. Chicago, Illinois 60622 (773) 534-7130
TAYLOR ES 9912 S Avenue H. Chicago, Illinois 60617 (773) 535-6240
TILTON ES 223 N Keeler Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60624 (773) 534-6746
TWAIN ES 5134 S Lotus Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60638 (773) 535-2290
VICK ES 2554 W 113th St. Chicago, Illinois 60655 (773) 535-2671 Specialty - ES
WASHINGTON H ES 9130 S University Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60619 (773) 535-6225
WHITNEY ES 2815 S Komensky Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60623 (773) 534-1560
YATES ES 1839 N Richmond St. Chicago, Illinois 60647 (773) 534-4550
AIR FORCE HS HS 3630 S Wells St. Chicago, Illinois 60609 (773) 535-1590
AMUNDSEN HS HS 5110 N Damen Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60625 (773) 534-2320
BOGAN HS HS 3939 W 79th St. Chicago, Illinois 60652 (773) 535-2180
CHICAGO VOCATIONAL HS HS 2100 E 87th St. Chicago, Illinois 60617 (773) 535-6100
CLARK HS HS 5101 W Harrison St. Chicago, Illinois 60644 (773) 534-6250
CLEMENTE HS HS 1147 N Western Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60622 (773) 534-4000
DUNBAR HS HS 3000 S King Dr. Chicago, Illinois 60616 (773) 534-9000
FARRAGUT HS HS 2345 S Christiana Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60623 (773) 534-1300
GOODE HS HS 7651 S Homan Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60652 (773) 535-7875
GRAHAM HS HS 2347 S Wabash Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60616 (773) 534-9257 Specialty - HS
HARPER HS HS 6520 S Wood St. Chicago, Illinois 60636 (773) 535-9150
HOPE HS HS 5515 S Lowe Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60621 (773) 535-3160
JULIAN HS HS 10330 S Elizabeth St. Chicago, Illinois 60643 (773) 535-5170
KELLY HS HS 4136 S California Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60632 (773) 535-4900
KENWOOD HS HS 5015 S Blackstone Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60615 (773) 535-1350
LANE TECH HS HS 2501 W Addison St. Chicago, Illinois 60618 (773) 534-5400
NORTHSIDE LEARNING HS HS 3730 W Bryn Mawr Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60659 (773) 534-5180 Specialty - HS
PAYTON HS HS 1034 N Wells St. Chicago, Illinois 60610 (773) 534-0034
ROBESON HS HS 6835 S Normal Blvd. Chicago, Illinois 60621 (773) 535-3800
SIMEON HS HS 8147 S Vincennes Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60620 (773) 535-3200
SOUTH SHORE INTL HS HS 1955 E 75th St. Chicago, Illinois 60649 (773) 535-8351
SOUTHSIDE HS HS 7342 S Hoyne Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60636 (773) 535-9100 Specialty - HS
STEINMETZ HS HS 3030 N Mobile Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60634 (773) 534-3030
TAFT HS HS 6530 W Bryn Mawr Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60631 (773) 534-1000
WASHINGTON HS HS 3535 E 114th St. Chicago, Illinois 60617 (773) 535-5725

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