On October 15, the below letter was sent from the LSCs.4.All Coalition to the CPS Board of Education and CPS leadership regarding LSC Elections 2020, scheduled for November 18 & 19. The LSCs.4.All coalition includes Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Lugenia Burns Hope Center, Blocks Together, Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education, Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago United for Equity, Northside Action for Justice, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, and Pilsen Alliance. Representative Theresa Mah also signed on.Read more
When school facilities were shut down and the IL Stay At Home Order was enacted, RYH mobilized to bring parents together, virtually, for discussions, problem solving, and action. One way we did this was to host a weekly LSC-Community Solidarity Call via Zoom from March 26 - June 18, 2020. Below you will find some videos & notes from the calls. In addition, these calls guided the RYH Remote Learning Survey (results linked below) & a CPS Stakeholder Letter (linked below with a summary of results.) We've also included some CPS communications to LSCs during this time. COVID-19 keeps us physically distanced but we are so grateful to those of you who virtually connected with us & one another to push for solutions while navigating uncharted waters.
Actions & Results
CPS Stakeholder Letter, May 20, 2020
CPS Official Response, May 26, 2020
Results: The Office of Local School Council Relations (OLSCR) hosted LSC Bi-weekly Chats with OLSCR Assistant Director Myra Winding starting July 9. The last Bi-weekly Chat was held on Sept 3. On Sept 16 we received an email stating that these Chats will now take place monthly on the first Thursday of every month beginning October 1st at 4:00 pm. Dr. Willy Montes De Oca will continue to host his LSC Monthly Chair Meetings.
Please see far below for some Bi-weekly Chat presentations from the Summer.
RYH Progress Report Survey, May 2020
Results: Reimagining Public Safety in Schools webinar and extra resources. | Please see this webpage (coming soon) for more results.
Highlights from a few of the Solidarity Calls
CPS Responses to LSC-Community Questions May 7, 2020
Budget Awareness Training, RYH LSC-Community Solidarity Call May 13, 2020 (video)
Notes from LSC-Community Solidarity Calls with highlights of call in parentheses
RYH Notes #2: LSC-Community Solidarity Call Agenda 4/2 (CPS OLSCR Listening Session, 41 questions asked)
RYH Notes #3: LSC-Community Solidarity Call Agenda 4/9 (CPS Chief Equity Officer Listening Session)
RYH Notes #4: LSC-Community Solidarity Call Agenda 4/16 (Discussion on what's happening at schools and with families; Actions begin to be formulated)
RYH Notes #5, LSC-Community Solidarity Call Agenda 4/23 (Director & Co Director of OSLCR: Briefing, Q & A; Draft of Stakeholder Letter shared; CIWP Awareness Training)
RYH Notes #6, LSC-Community Solidarity Call Agenda 4/30 (LSC-Community Testimonies with CPS Board of Education & CPS personnel; reponses; RL Survey & Sign On Letter shared)
RYH Notes #7, LSC-Community Solidarity Call Agenda 5/7 (LSC-Community Listening Session with CPS FACE, OLSCR, Board of Ed Member; responses
RYH Notes #8, LSC-Community Solidarity Call Agenda 5/13 (Budget Awareness Training)
RYH Notes #9, LSC-Community Solidarity Call Agenda 5/21 (Testimonies; OLSCR Director & Co Director Briefing & Responses; students join re: RL grading policy concerns; PAC funds)
RYH Notes #10, LSC-Community Solidarity Call Agenda 5/28 (Sign On Letter & CPS Response discussed)
RYH Notes #11, LSC-Community Solidarity Call Agenda 6/4 (Racial Equity, Social Justice, Restorative Practices, Initial discussion of LSC role in upcoming SRO votes)
RYH Notes #12, LSC-Community Solidarity Call Agenda 6/11 (Racial Equity, Social Justice, Restorative Practices)
RYH Notes #13, LSC-Community Solidarity Call Agenda 6/18 (CPS District Brief and Q & A: LSC Elections moved to Nov 2020; as result of CPS Stakeholder Letter, OLSCR Co Director will host BiWeekly LSC Chats; Draft of RYH RL Survey results shared)
CPS Documents, Emails, & Presentations
Toolkit for LSCs During COVID19 Closures (Google Drive Folder)
LSC Elections Communications
BiWeekly LSC Chats
- Slides from Session II- July 23, 2020: LSC Elections, Filling LSC Vacancies, LSC Virtual Meeting Guidance, SRO Updates
- Slides from Session IV- August 20, 2020: Meeting slides (LSC Elections, LSC FOIA Guidance) & Chicago Connected slides
Chicago Connected (One Month Update) presentation slides, Sept 22, Local School Council Advisory Board (LSCAB)
We hope that you & your family are well. We are hoping for sun this upcoming long holiday weekend! ☀️ A few things we want to highlight at the top of our weekly newsletter:
- We enjoyed this informative article from Hyde Park Herald about how a CPS Meal Site works as explained by a CPS lunchroom manager. Worth a read: Hundreds of meals distributed every day at Ray School: 'We don't ask questions. We'll just give you whatever you ask for'
- RYH webpage: CPS Grab & Go Meal Sites: Basics + Sites + Delivery Form
- Expanded SNAP benefits (Pandemic EBT or P-EBT) applications available here. Families can participate in both P-EBT & any meal distribution program currently available at their school. Flyers in English & Spanish.
Chicago COVID Resource Finder | Text "covid" to 312-436-2280 to access via phone.Read more
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