CPS deadline for families to choose in-school, remote learning preference Monday

The district is planning to bring kids back into buildings next month, starting with pre-K and cluster classes

ByCate Cauguiran and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Monday, December 7, 2020
Deadline for CPS 'learning preference' form Monday
Chicago Public Schools will return to in-person instruction beginning in January after winter break with precautions to contain the spread of COVID-19 and testing for staff, teache

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago public school parents have until Monday to complete their "learning preference" form.

The form is designed to tell the district whether parents want their students in school or learning remotely.

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CPS said pre-K and students enrolled in intensive and moderate cluster classrooms will return to in-person learning on Jan. 11, while K-8 grade students will return on Feb. 1. High school instruction will remain remote.

CPS said pre-K and students enrolled in intensive and moderate cluster classrooms will return to in-person learning on Jan. 11; K-8 grade on Feb. 1.

The district said they chose the date because it provides minimal disruptions for the transition back into the classroom, and because it will allow students to quarantine following the holidays.

CPS CEO on return to in-person learning

Dr. Janice Jackson, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools said the district feels it's safe to being in-person-learning as COVID-19 infection rates are at a record high.

The school district assured families they have a robust safety plan for students next year, but parent groups and teachers said it needs more details, and a solution that involves their concerns.

CPS said that international data shows that schools can operate in-person learning safely even while COVID-19 community spread is elevated, but they are hoping the curve will have flattened by the time they plan to bring students back into the classroom.

CPS will also provide comprehensive testing in coordination with the Chicago Department of Public Health. Free tests will be provided for students and staff who are symptomatic or who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. School-based staff members will also be tested regularly through a surveillance testing plan, in order to help identify any undetected spread of the virus.

The teachers union has said they are against returning to in-person learning, because of the risk of COVID-19.