June 26, 2020
Dear CPS Family
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) wants every learning environment to be as strong as it can be. Your voice is critical to making this happen, so I hope you will consider participating in one of the virtual community workshops that are coming up this summer.
This is your chance to provide feedback that will help us continue strengthening neighborhood schools. Our conversations will be guided by the information presented in the most recent Annual Regional Analysis (ARA), which explores enrollment patterns and program offerings for schools in every region of our city. You can access the most up-to-date ARA information in eight different languages at ara.cps.edu.
You can RSVP to attend a workshop using the links below. I hope you will strongly consider lending your voice to this critically-important conversation. You are the most important partners we have, and we need your support as we strive to achieve our vision of a high-quality education for every child from every community in Chicago.
- South ARA Community Meeting: Tuesday, June 30 from 5–6:30 p.m. Register here.
- Southwest ARA Community Meeting: Wednesday, July 1 from 5–6:30 p.m. Register here.
- Central ARA Community Meeting: Wednesday, July 8 from 5–6:30 p.m. Register here.
- North ARA Community Meeting: Thursday, July 9 from 5–6:30 p.m. Register here.
Children First Fund (CFF) established a $150K fund to assist the Class of 2020’s transition to college.
Our seniors have graduated, and for those heading to college, we want to ensure that financial barriers aren’t getting in their way. Something like textbook fees or a bus ticket to campus shouldn’t prevent our students from realizing their dream of attending college, which is why CFF donors, including anchor funders PepsiCo and Fifth-Third Bank, are stepping up to help.
Thanks to the generosity of the private and philanthropic community, CFF established the Graduating Senior Summer Melt Prevention Fund. Through their counselors, students can apply for microgrants of up to $1,000 to help pay for expenses such as books, college registration fees, and travel.
If you’re able, please consider helping us assist families through these difficult times by contributing to the Compassion Fund, our crisis-relief fund.
CPS playgrounds remain closed in alignment with Park District guidance
As Chicago cautiously begins to reopen parts of our city, we want to emphasize that all CPS playgrounds will remain closed in alignment with Park District guidance. We are looking forward to the day when our communities can use our playgrounds again, but these gathering spaces pose a risk for COVID-19 transmission and it is critically important that we do our part to keep ourselves and our communities healthy.
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools