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Chicago Update 3/31/2020

Dear Chicago Residents and Partners,

With students continuing to learn outside of the classroom, Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago are creating more remote learning opportunities to ensure instructional time continues while school buildings and campuses are closed. 

For K-12 students, Chicago Public Schools (CPS)releaseddistrict-wide guidancethat outlines expectations, strategies, and available resources for schools to implement remote learning beginning on April 13. Parents, guardians and educators began receiving remote learning guidance on Monday, March 30, and families will hear directly from their schools by April 6. Through CPS’ remote learning plan, students will be offered both digital and non-digital learning options, as well as dedicated “office hours,” where students and families can receive support from teachers via Google Meet, phone, or email. To narrow the digital divide, the district will be distributing more than 100,000 devices: 65,000 school-based Chromebooks, laptops and iPads and 37,000 new devices. Additional devices may be made available through philanthropic contributions.

For secondary-education students, City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) implemented remote learning and shifted classes for its more than 30,000 credit-earning students online last week. The community college system went from 10 percent of credit class sections being taught fully online to 92 percent of credit class sections being taught fully online as of today. Additionally, on April 13, City Colleges’ free adult education courses, including GED and English as a Second Language, will start to be offered via distance learning.

This is an unprecedented public health challenge, and CPS and CCC are taking action to support Chicago’s students during this crisis. 

Stay home. Save lives.

What's New

  • COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant - Chicago residents experiencing housing instability due to COVID-19 can apply online for emergency housing assistance by Wednesday, April 1 at 11:59pm. The City’s Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund will award 2,000 grants of $1,000 each through a lottery system to help impacted Chicagoans with rent and mortgage payments.
  • Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund - The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will be hosting three webinars in English, Spanish and Polish on Tuesday, March 31, to provide an overview of loan terms, requirements, and how to apply. Make sure to register online!
  • CDPH is coordinating multiple opportunities for individuals, organizations and businesses to donate medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) and join the fight against the COVID-19. Go to the links below to:
  • Donate medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Donate other products or professional services
  • Sell medical supplies and PPE
  • Smart 911 - Residents are encouraged to sign up for Smart 911 and provide critical medical information to 9-1-1 so they can help faster in an emergency. Residents can create a safety profile for themselves and family members with information on their current health conditions as well as information if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are under quarantine, and it will automatically be provided to first responders when calling 9-1-1. To learn more, check out this video:

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Volunteer and Employment Opportunities

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. have issued a call for assistance from the medical community and are seeking to hire healthcare workers immediately to help the City of Chicago in its COVID-19 response efforts.

  • Medical Assistants and Nurses are encouraged to apply for temporary positions. If you have any questions about the positions or the application process, you may email shelly.johnson@sunbeltstaffing.com or call 813-261-2706.
  • Chicago Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a network of both medical and non-medical professionals who volunteer their time to assist during public health emergencies such as the current COVID-19 outbreak. Many MRC volunteers are just like you - nurses, doctors, pharmacists, therapists, public health professionals, and other community members who believe in keeping Chicago safe. Register at illinoishelps.net and be there when Chicago needs you most.

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Tips For Keeping Chicago Healthy

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Call to check on family, neighbors, and older adults instead of visiting.
  • Check with your doctor about telehealth options.

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