Below are answers to the questions we have received regarding the CPS Return to Learn plan.  Please keep the questions coming.  You can submit a question here.

For families that do not have computers at home if we go on a digital/distance learning will computers be loaned out?

CPS is excited to implement a K-12 one to one technology program.  All students in grades K-12 will have access to their own Chromebook.  This is not new for our 3-12 students, it will be a new opportunity for our K-2 students.

Is distance learning/eLearning available for families that do not feel comfortable sending their student(s) back to school?

No, a distance learning/eLearning option is not available for families that do not feel comfortable sending their student(s) back to school.  CPS will offer an eLearning option if your student(s) is determined to need a different educational placement by law, such as a determination made by an IEP or 504 team, or they are under a directed health measure.  In those circumstances, alternative arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis with the involvement of parents, the student, teacher, and building administration.

Will CCLC be offered after school?

Yes, CPS will be offering CCLC after school.  However, changes in programming will occur if the risk dial moves into yellow and orange.

Can my student bring their lunch from home? 

Yes, students may continue to bring their lunch from home.

Do you have enough substitutes for the upcoming school year?

We sent a survey to all of our substitutes and 76% indicated they were comfortable substituting in the fall.  We are always looking to hire and retain the best.  We are currently reviewing our recruitment and retention efforts for our substitute teaching pool.

What will happen with electives like choir at middle and high school?

We are in the planning stages of how to support choir and band. The research suggests singing and playing instruments have a high impact on the community spread of COVID-19. It is tough to sing and wear a mask, so we are planning schedules to support participation and social distancing.

Face Coverings and Wellness

Are face coverings required or recommended?

If we are in “green,” face-coverings will be strongly encouraged.  If we are in “yellow” or “orange,” face-coverings will be required for all staff and students in grades K-12. CPS will provide face coverings for students and staff. 

Can students opt-out of using masks all day?

No, students cannot opt-out of wearing a face-covering.  Exceptions may be made only as required by law, such as based upon the decisions of a student’s IEP or 504 team.

Is it possible to show an example of the face covering the district will be providing? And maybe some examples of approved face coverings? Will the school allow masks that look like scarves that go over the face?

Yes and yes. We will work with Public Health Solutions to provide information outlining the qualities of an effective face-covering.

Can we opt for a face shield only?

No, students cannot opt for a face shield only.  A face-shield may be an acceptable exception if required by a student’s IEP or 504 plan.

Are the kids supposed to only wear the face covering that the school provides or can they wear some from home that we bought?

Students may bring their own face-covering from home as long as it is school appropriate.  CPS will provide a face-covering for any student or staff member in need of one.

Will social distancing be practiced in classrooms?

We are doing everything possible to create 3-6 feet of social distancing space in our buildings.  In some instances it just isn’t possible.  Wearing face-coverings, practicing good hygiene, and using other physical barriers when possible is helping us create the safest environment possible for our students and staff.

Will my child be counted absent if she/he is under a quarantine directed by a medical provider?

The school must be in receipt of a quarantine order or directive by a medical provider or authorized health official. Absences due to a quarantine order will not be counted toward your child’s absenteeism limit if that documentation is provided.

Will parents be notified if there is a positive case in the child's classroom or school?

Public Health Solutions will notify parents when they determine a student has been in close contact with someone with a high-risk of COVID-19. The district will not make mass communication to a classroom or school. PHS has a protocol they follow for communication.

What are the consequences if a student chooses not to wear their face covering?

If students refuse to wear a face-covering, the behavior will be treated as any other discipline issue.  We will follow the student discipline policy outlined in the student/parent handbook.  

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