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.