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. Please note that CPS has a new website so many of the below links may not work. This page will no longer be updated. We created a Back to School 2020-21: COVID-19 Resources page here.  (This page last updated  Sept 7, 9AM)



  • Back to School 2020-21

UPDATE 8.25: Internet Access Chicago Connected webpage | Chicago Connected Slides from Office of Local School Council Relations Bi-weekly Chat, 8.20.20

UPDATE 8.25: Internet Access Illinois Drive Up WiFi Hot Spots | Spanish

UPDATE 8.18: CPS releases remote learning plan. Direct links:

We will try to update this webpage 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.
  • Chalkbeat Chicago is tracking IL districts and their reopening plans.


Chicago Public Schools (CPS)

Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)



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

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