Summer 2020: COVID-19 Resources

Thank you for visiting our Summer 2020: COVID-19 Resources page. We are sharing the latest on school reopening guidelines, FAQ docs, and other relevant links for parents. (Updated July 19, 7:30PM)

UPDATE 8.4: On Friday, July 31, After a week of an "extensive public engagement process" but without releasing a final #cpsreopening plan, CPS sent a "form" to all CPS parents via text and/or email and asked you to "choose" their hybrid plan or their remote learning plan for the new school year. You can read more in this Sun-Times article. Parents are supposed to "choose" by Fri, Aug 7. At the writing of this update, parents have still not seen a final reopening plan yet that was supposed to be written after an "extensive public engagement period." 

There are further ISBE updates below under "Illinois".

UPDATE 7.23: ISBE has released more guidance: Fall 2020 Learning Recommendations

We will try to update this once a week or when appropriate. Please send additional or suggested content to Jennie: [Our original COVID-19 Resource page is here. It was relevant from March - mid June 2020.]


Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Not ISBE but related to the above: Chalkbeat Chicago: ‘This fall will not be business as usual’: 5 things to know about schools reopening in Illinois

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case: call 1-800-889-3931 or visit

Images from ISBE & IDPH:

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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.


Chicago Public Schools (CPS)

Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)



UPDATE 7.7.20 via an email from ISBE & 7.8.20 via ISBE Coronavirus webpage:

  • U.S. Department of Education Updates & Guidance – July 2 & 8, 2020

U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Do you need assistance?

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

CPS Grab & Go Meal Sites Summer 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