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Head Start, Ms. Hayes & Mr. Johnson

Kindergarten, Mrs. Rivera

First Grade, Ms. Jones

Second Grade, Ms. Griffin

Third Grade, Ms. Wayland

Fourth Grade, Mrs. Haymond

Fifth Grade, Ms. Gilmore

Diverse Learners, Mrs. Grossett

SEL/Art, Mrs. Fountain

Health, Mr. Phillips-Riley

Gym/Technology, Mr. Davis


Dear CPS Staff,


Governor Pritzker announced that in-person instruction will be suspended for the rest of the school year in Illinois to further slow the spread of COVID-19. While this is difficult news to hear, we support the governor’s decision to protect the health and wellness of all Illinoisans. The fact that our school buildings are closed does not change the mission of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). We will continue to work together to provide our students with high-quality education through the remainder of the school year. We don’t know exactly what lies ahead, or when we will be able to reunite in our offices, but we do know the strength of our CPS family will make this work possible. 


Remote learning will continue through the end of the school year.

This extended closure will not prevent us from providing our students with the quality education they deserve. Teachers will continue teaching, and students will continue learning through June 18, 2020—the last scheduled day of school. 


Grab-and-Go meals will be available for families in need.

We are committed to providing our families with free, healthy meals for the rest of the school year. To date, we have served more than five million meals, and families in need can pick up grab-and-go meals at more than 270 meal sites around the city.


There are a number of outstanding questions regarding the end of the school year, including grading in quarter four, grade advancement, and requirements for graduation. We are working to quickly answer these questions and will update you as soon as possible. 


None of us could’ve imagined that the final stretch of our school year would look like this, but just as we’ve done since this journey began, we will pull through this together. We are here for you, and we will come out stronger on the other side.


Please stay safe, healthy, and connected.  




Janice K. Jackson, EdD

Chief Executive Officer

Chicago Public Schools

LaTanya D. McDade

Chief Education Officer

Chicago Public Schools

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