Back to School 2020-21: COVID-19 Resources

Thank you for visiting our Back to School 2020-21: COVID-19 Resources page. We are sharing the latest guidelines, FAQ docs, and other relevant links for parents. Updated: 1.12.21, 5:30PM.

This is our third COVID-19 Resources page: You can find our original COVID-19 Resources page here (Spring 2020) and Summer 2020 here.


We will try to update this webpage once a week or when appropriate. Please send additional or suggested content to Jennie: 

UPDATE 1.12.21 (via ISBE):

UPDATE 1.8.21 (via ISBE):

  • IDPH Supplemental Resources
      • Spanish - Coming Soon!

Chalkbeat Chicago has a live blog of CPS reopening news here

UPDATE 12.17:

ISBE Update


Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) | We encourage you to follow ISBE on social media: Facebook | Twitter


Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)


Non CPS Districts & Private Schools in Illinois

  • Check your school’s website as well as your district’s website regularly. Look for a link to their own resources & updates on COVID-19 response & information. 
  • Check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for accounts for your school and/or your district. Sometimes your district’s Superintendent may have an account (especially on Twitter) and/or your principal may have an account (especially on Twitter.) Follow and like all of these accounts. Social media may be a quicker way for school staff and district staff to provide updates and relevant information. 
  • All of the ISBE information applies to your school/district.
  • Chalkbeat Chicago is tracking IL districts and their reopening plans.


Chicago Public Schools (CPS) 

  • We encourage you to follow CPS on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 
  • Find your school social media accounts & follow 
  • Chalkbeat Chicago has a live blog of CPS reopening news here. CPS facilities will be open Monday, Jan 11, for in person learning for PreK and cluster program students who opted for in person instruction. 
  • RYH Twitter response to teachers returning to buildings regardless of how many students are in the classrooms. 
  • Parents of K-8 students had to return intent forms by Dec 7.
  • CPS sent an email on Tues, 11.24, evening. You can read the email sent to parents here. A link to the "Reopening Guide for Parents" is shared in the email. NOTE: Teachers & principals received a different document entitled "Reopening Plan." Please remember this as we all try to talk together about this. Our take? For K-8, it's a numbers game. And it's a "local decision"- by the school and by the numbers schoolwide as well as at the grade level.

Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)


U.S. Department of Education (USDOE)

Letter from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Regarding Intent to Not Make Waivers Available for Spring 2021 Assessments- Sept 3


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


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Other Resources for Parents

CTU's #WeStillTeach TV will be returning to Fox 32/My 50, starting on Sat, Sept 19, 11AM

Pilot Light | The Food Education Center

  • Family Resources
    • "...designed for parents and children to provide a time of learning and deeper connection through the act of sharing and making food. This library of resources will continue to grow and include Family Lessons in both English and Spanish, Family Meal Videos, recipes, and more as a way to bring food education into your homes."
  • Lesson Plans for Teachers
    • "Free lesson plans for elementary aged children through high school include curricular information, background knowledge, recommended anchor texts, and supporting food experience instructions. Teachers will find the Lesson Plan Library is diverse and adaptable and can be integrated across a range of content areas."

Slumber Yard blog: Back to School Sleep Tips During COVID


Do you need other assistance?

City Bureau's Chicago COVID Resource Finder | Text "covid" to 312-436-2280 to access via phone

CPS Grab & Go Meal Sites Fall 2020: The Basics | COVID-19- RYH webpage where we tried to put it all together: Basics | Sites | Meal Delivery form | Other resources for food assistance

South Side WeeklyCOVID-19 South Side Community Resource Guide  | Vocalo: [COMUNIDAD]: GUIA DE RECURSOS COVID19 EN ILLINOIS

Block Club ChicagoSick? Broke? Want To Help? Here’s A Massive List Of Coronavirus Resources In Chicago

Shared by Wiley J., LSC Chair, King College Prep: COVID19 Food Pantries & Student Support

CTU List of Resources and Aid Amid COVID19

Access Living's COVID-19 Resources for the Disability Community Equip for Equality's Your Special Education Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Communities

IL Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Resources for Immigrants During the COVID-19 Crisis | Recursos para Inmigrantes Durante la Crisis de COVID- 19

JCFS has set up a warm-line for people in emotional distress to have a professional to talk to- 855.275.5237. Read this post for more information.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 and if you are unable to speak, text LOVEIS to 22522; 24/7, free, and confidential 

COVID-19 Resources from Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law