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Cassie Walker Burke, Chalkbeat Chicago

8 Things We’re Watching As Chicago Starts The School Year Remotely

Chicago now requires a minimum number of minutes for live instruction — around 3 hours for many ages, with a total day spanning 6 hours.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Chicago Public Schools To Expand Free Meal Sites For Fall

The district’s meal kits include three breakfasts and three lunches, ranging from bagels and yogurt to cheese pizzas, hamburgers and sandwiches.


After String Of Safety Problems At Chicago Early Childhood Centers, Feds Take Notice

The federal government says Chicago has not done enough to correct health and safety problems in the child care programs it oversees for some 11,000 children.


Chicago To Reconsider Remote Learning For Juniors And Seniors. Here’s What Students Say.

The district will hold five public meetings this week for public feedback, in advance of releasing a final plan in August.


Chicago’s Teachers Union Calls For An All-Remote Start To Fall

The union also released a report calling for nearly 50 safety protocols before returning to in-person learning.


Expect Masks, Temperature Checks: Chicago Schools Chief Offers New Details About Fall

Chicago remains “committed” to its start date of Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day, Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson wrote.


‘They Know What They See’: Chicago Educators Reach Out To Students About Racism, Police Brutality After George Floyd’s Death

“We need to be present, we need to be available, we need to be accessible. Even if you don’t know what to say, show up and be present.”


Here’s Chicago’s New Grading Policy, Explained

Six weeks after schools closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Chicago will relax its grading policy and automatically promote elementary students to the next grade.


1 In 5 Chicago Students Lacks Broadband. Here’s Where They Live

More children in West Englewood, Englewood, Auburn-Gresham and North Lawndale lack broadband access than in any other city neighborhood.

Englewood, Chatham

Chicago Issuing Thousands Of Tech Devices. Now It Needs Students To Log On

While getting students online to learn, teachers and administrators are also trying to track down missing families.

Midway, West Lawn

Illinois Will Charge ‘Essential’ Workers $1 For Child Care During Coronavirus Emergency

Gov. JB Pritzker said the state will pick up all but $1 of the tab for health care workers, grocery clerks and other “essential” workers who place their children in state-licensed child care centers or homes.


Chicago Plans To Give 100,000 Tech Devices To Students. Here Are The Rules.

Devices will go first to special education students, English language learners and students in eighth grade and higher who don’t have devices at home.


Chicago Parents And Students, How Is School Without School Going?

We want to hear your experiences with e-learning during the coronavirus stay at home order.


Should Chicago Let Students Video Chat With Teachers? Pandemic Tests Technology Restrictions

Teachers say they need video chat and other ways to teach students remotely, but technology restrictions are stopping them.


To Control Coronavirus, Illinois Closes Restaurants, But Not Day Cares. Providers Are In A Tough Spot.

The decision whether to stay open or not is excruciating, one provider said. “I have parents who are both police and they work the same shift."

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Illinois Coronavirus Cases Jump To 11. Among New Cases: 2 Relatives Of Vaughn Occupational High School Aide

Two relatives of an aide at the high school tested positive for the virus, officials said.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park

Amid Mounting Coronavirus Concerns, Chicago To Deliver More Cleaning Supplies To Schools

Beyond supplies, the district said it is giving its custodial contractors additional guidelines for keeping schools clean.


Lincoln Park High Allegations Test Chicago’s New Protocol For Investigating Sexual Misconduct Complaints

“The mood is somber. The school is in chaos,” one parent said Thursday.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

The Real Enrollment Challenge In Chicago: What To Do With All Those Empty School Seats

Chicago has lost 54,100 public school children in the past decade. That has left 145 district-run schools less than half-full, according to new capacity data.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Fraud, Waste, Misconduct: Inspector General’s Report Details Year Of Cases In Chicago Schools

A swim coach reaped nearly $30,000 in payments from three outside groups for the off-the-books rental of a school pool over three years.

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