In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please click here.
Barbara Byrd-Bennett and CPS are taking the responsible course of action by assembling this independent commission and ensuring that parents and community members are engaged openly from day one in this decision-making process. Over the past year, we’ve taken steps to ensure that our school system is aligned with what is best for our students: after a decade of debate, we have a longer school day and longer school year, giving our students more time to learn in their classrooms with their teachers; we are rewarding outstanding principal performance and sharing best-practices so other schools can build on the success being seen across the district; and we are providing teachers feedback and support so they can continue to hone their craft and help our students succeed. We have more buildings, chairs, tables, and desks than we have students in our district – and it is essential that we create a plan that allows us to invest our resources most effectively so that every child in every school gets a high-quality education.
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