LSC Elections are TODAY at CPS elementary schools and TOMORROW at CPS high schools. Polls are open at the schools from 7AM - 7PM. RYH resources for LSC Elections:
- RYH LSC Elections Guide
- In last week’s email we included what we know about LSC Elections
- Slideshow from RYH’s LSC Candidate Meet & Greet
If you are voting in person, CPS health protocols include social distancing, face-covering requirements, a health screener to be completed prior to arriving at any and all schools visited, and a temperature check upon entering school buildings.
Voters with questions or concerns about the LSC elections can call or text the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee (CLC) hotline at 262-729-3082 for free and immediate non-partisan assistance. Spanish-language assistance is available upon request, thanks to MALDEF. CLC’s non-partisan poll watchers are trained to help answer voters' questions, and to respond in case of electioneering, poll worker misconduct, and other interference with voters’ rights.
More LSC Elections Resources:
- Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights blog: Everything You Need to Know About Chicago's Local School Council Elections
- CPS’ LSC Elections FAQ doc: English | Spanish
- Chalkbeat Chicago: LSC Election Guide
CPS’ BIG Announcement
While Chicago is under a Stay-at-Home advisory and on the same day that Governor Pritzker announced that the entire state was moving back to Tier 3, CPS announced a reopening “plan” for PreK - 8 + cluster program students. PreK and cluster program students will return on Jan 11. K - 8 students will return Feb 1. The CPS blog post of the announcement is not the same as the email parents received. The email is here- make sure you read the 2nd to last paragraph closely as it includes the data CDPH will look at to help determine if schools will reopen on these proposed dates:
While the science is clear that school can proceed safely with mitigations like the ones we have implemented, CDPH is closely watching the citywide growth in cases — as determined by the amount of time it takes for case counts to double — because case growth can disrupt educational activities as more staff and students need to isolate due to exposure outside of school. For that reason, CDPH has determined that in order for schools to reopen, the length of time over which cases double will need to extend by at least a 50 percent, which will indicate that community spread is stabilizing and the curve is flattening. In Chicago, that will mean moving from the city’s current doubling rate of 12 days to at least 18 days by the time classes begin.
Note: Quarter 2 ends on Feb 4; Quarter 3 starts Feb 8. Press coverage of the announcement:
Sun-Times: CPS to bring back elementary students Feb. 1
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CPS Board of Ed Meets Today, 10:30AM
Do you have a written comment you want to share with the CPS BOE? Use this Google form. This form will close Th, Nov 19, 5PM.
Special Education News: Meeting with Dr. Jones + Transition Resources
Conversation with Dr. Jones, ODLSS Chief
Th, Nov 19 | 4-4:45PM
- Register for here- read carefully & sign up now.
- Th, Nov 19 | 4-4:45PM
At our newish webpage RYH Special Education Parent Resources for Remote Learning and More you can find the following new resources:
- RYH Special Ed Community Call: Access Living Presentation on their Transition Programs VIDEO, Nov 2, 2020
CPS Enrollment + Citywide LSC Letter
Chalkbeat Chicago analyzes CPS’ enrollment decreases in this article: Chicago's steep enrollment losses hit high-poverty schools hardest
Our LSC Connection Google group has 600+ LSC members from across the city. The Group has written a Citywide LSC Letter that any LSC can sign. LSC members are asking CPS to freeze enrollment counts from SY20 for schools that experienced an enrollment drop in SY21 as not doing so would negatively impact SY22 school level budgets. So far 19 LSCs have signed. Please share these links with your LSC: LETTER English, Spanish | Form to sign on
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council’s (BPNC) Remote Learning Survey
Journey for Justice Alliance National Survey
What is your vision for equity in Public Education? Click here to take the National Grassroots Education Survey in English or Spanish. Journey for Justice is committed to getting feedback from Grassroots voices on their vision for America's public schools. We invite you to encourage, Black, Brown Indigenous parents and youth to take their National Education Survey!
In Other News
Sun-Times Letters to the Editor: How ‘successful’ really are Chicago’s Catholic schools in reopening during the pandemic?
➡️ Education for Liberation [Panel & Workshop; 2 Part Series]
Hosted by Chicago Torture Justice Memorials
Sat, Nov 14 | 1PM | Whose Schools? Our Schools Panel
Sat, Nov 21 | 11AM | Designing Our Future Workshop
➡️ The Gathering: PLC (Professional Learning Committee) and PPLC (Professional Personnel Leadership Committee)
Hosted by the LSCs.4.All Coalition
Tues, Nov 24 | 4:30-6PM | Register