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: 9.15,8:45PM.
This is our third COVID-19 Resources page: You can find our original COVID-19 Resources page here (Spring 2020) and Summer 2020 here.
New from ISBE: Back to School 2020-21
- IDPH Exclusion Decision Tree - Sept. 15
- Spanish Version – Sept. 15
New from RYH: UPDATE 9.14: We have a new RYH Special Education Parent Resources for Remote Learning and More Web page. This is a work in progress and we will be adding resources as we create them or learn of them. If you have any suggestions, please pass the links along to me at email@example.com.
New from ISBE: Guidance for Delivering Sexual Abuse Prevention Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic- September 8, 2020
We will try to update this webpage once a week or when appropriate. Please send additional or suggested content to Jennie: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This is the ISBE COVID-19 webpage.
- Guidance for Delivering Sexual Abuse Prevention Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic- September 8
- Remote Learning & Transition Considerations- released during Summer for Fall 2020
Starting the 2020-21 School Year: Part 3 - Transition Joint Guidance - June 23 (63 page document that school districts are using to make school reopening plans); updated July 28
Fall 2020 Learning Recommendations- July 23
- Frequently Asked Questions - June 30, updated Aug 17
- Supporting Homeless Students During the 2020-21 School Year - July 24, 2020
- Special Education
- Special Education FAQ for Parents - School Year 2020-21- Aug 14
- Parent Guide to Special Education- Aug 2020; 232 page document
- FAQ: Return to In-Person Instruction for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Population - July 24
- Special Education FAQ Return to In-Person Instruction- June 30
- Restore Illinois All Sports Policy - DCEO/ISBE/IDPH- July 29, 2020
- What Parents Need to Know | Spanish (signs)
- Starting the 2020-21 School Year: Part 3 - Transition Joint Guidance - June 23 (63 page document that school districts are using to make school reopening plans); updated July 28
Statewide COVID-19 hotline & website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case:
- Call 1-800-889-3931
- Visit http://IDPH.illinois.gov
Frequently Asked Questions document from the Department of Public Health (IDPH), Updated Sept 9
IDPH Exclusion Decision Tree - Sept. 15
- Spanish Version – Sept. 15
- UPDATE 8.20:
- Specific, step-by-step guidelines for schools and local health departments on the proper response to a positive COVID-19 case or close contact.
- Supportive guidance for local public health departments regarding how to use an “adaptive pause” for local schools and additional mitigation strategies based on local public health metrics.
- A decision tree for school administrators that clearly distills procedures when students or staff test positive for COVID-19 or show COVID-19 symptoms.
- A memo to medical professionals describing how to determine when a student is medically unable to wear a face covering.
- IDPH Exclusion Decision Tree - Sept. 15
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.
- UPDATE 9.14: We have a new RYH Special Education Parent Resources for Remote Learning and More Web page. This is a work in progress and we will be adding resources as we create them or learn of them. If you have any suggestions, please pass the links along to me at email@example.com.
- UPDATE 9.13: In an email to parents Fri, Sept 11, CPS included a link to this CPS Back to School FAQ doc.
CPS has a new webpage: Online Reopening Guide
- Scroll: How to get connected to your school | to a device | on day one
- Scroll: Calendar of Parent Training Sessions on different Google tools
- Scroll: Google Education Suite videos
Scroll: CPS Meal Sites
- Learn more here: CPS Meal Sites webpage
- Scroll: Meal Site Schedule + link to Find Meal Sites
Scroll: Family Support Numbers
- CPS Command Center | 8AM-5PM | 773 553 KIDS (5437) | firstname.lastname@example.org
- CPS Parent Tech Support Line | 7:30AM-4:30PM | 773 417 1060 | https://chicagopsprod.service-now.com/csp
- Scroll: Get Ready to Learn | Tips for Remote Learning
- Scroll: Remote Learning Guide
- Scroll: Remote Learning Guide Sections with links to learn more
- Scroll: School Day Examples with links to learn more
- Scroll: Documents & Guides
- Scroll: Reopening Framework
- Scroll: Staff Guidance Documents and Training Sessions
- CPS FAQ webpage
- UPDATE on Child Supervision during school hours was in an email sent to parents on Fri, Sept 4. Read it here.
- Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 doc, updated Aug 25
- Other tips to stay informed:
- Check the email your school has on file regularly.
- Check your school’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. Sometimes 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.
- Check to see if parents from your school have a parent specific group pr groups. Can't find one? Consider starting one.
- Local School Council (LSC) meetings- attend them. Call your school and verbally ask when the next meeting is and how you can attend (LSC meetings are open to the public & are still being conducted virtually. This information should be publicly available.)
- All of the ISBE information applies to CPS.
U.S. Department of Education (USDOE)
Other Resources for Parents
CTU's #WeStillTeach TV will be returning to Fox 32/My 50, starting on Sat, Sept 19, 11AM
- "...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
Shared by Wiley J., LSC Chair, King College Prep: COVID19 Food Pantries & Student Support
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