District Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

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

Community Updates



  • CPS schools are closed through the end of the school year due to COVID-19
  • Remote Learning starts on April 13

District Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

May 27, 2020

Dear CPS Parents and Families,

Earlier today, the district shared new data that shows the vast majority of students are accessing remote learning digitally through Google platforms. While this is positive news, we also acknowledge that we—administrators, educators, parents, and students—are still figuring out how to make remote learning work best for our community.

As district leaders and mothers of school-aged children, we know this transition to remote learning has come with its fair share of bumps in the road. However, the data we’re sharing today points to a positive trend that we are committed to building upon through the end of the year. And should we need to continue remote learning in the fall, we will have a lot of lessons learned to carry forward into the new school year.

Remote Learning District Overview | Week of May 11

The district uses data from Google Analytics and internal sources to understand how we can better support teachers, students, and families during remote learning.

Key takeaways from student engagement data:

  • 93 percent of CPS students at district schools have digital access.
  • The percentage of students using Google learning tools for remote learning at least once a week has increased from 70 percent during the first week of remote learning (April 13–April 17) to 77 percent during the week of May 11.
  • 84 percent of students received at least one grade for an assignment during the week of May 11, which is an increase from 51 percent during the week grading guidance was released during the week of April 27.
  • 85 percent of students were recorded as having contact with their school during the week of May 11 based on data reported by schools.

This is hopeful news for a district that serves a socioeconomically diverse student body. We believe that the interventions we put in place—from distributing more than 122,000 computing devices and more than 12 million meals—provided families with the resources they needed to support their children’s education from home.

As we move forward, we’re committed to improving remote learning and the ways in which we track student engagement. While it was important for the district to allow schools to use a variety of digital platforms when remote learning plans were quickly developed, we will be requiring all schools to adopt Google platforms should remote learning be needed in the fall. Using Google across all schools will ensure we have the most comprehensive data on student engagement, which will help us provide additional support for the students and schools who need it most.

We thank you for your continued support and patience. We will get through this together and look forward to providing you with an update on our progress after the last day of school.


Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools

LaTanya D. McDade
Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools

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CPS Remote Learning Starts April 13

Tech Resources for Remote Learning

Community Updates

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