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Meal distribution plan for spring break and beyond

Dear CPS Families,



The health and wellbeing of our students and staff is always our top priority. Since the temporary closure of our schools due to COVID-19, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has provided 2.8 million grab-and-go meals to families, and we are committed to continue providing these meals during spring break and until CPS schools reopen. To provide our families with the most consistent services while picking up grab-and-go meals during the closure and to better support school staff, food distribution sites will be changing beginning Monday, April 6.



During the district’s scheduled spring break, which begins Monday, April 6, families may pick up grab-and-go meals at 136 school sites across the city from Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. A detailed list of spring break meal sites is available here. Beginning the following week (Monday, April 13), the district will launch a consolidated meal plan under which 276 schools that were most frequented by families will continue to provide free meals, and schools that were less utilized by families will no longer serve as distribution sites.



By consolidating sites, we will have more staff available to support each school—which will help ensure meal sites do not need to close in the event of staff absences. Lunchroom staff who are not working or assigned to a meal site will continue to be paid and be able to stay home and practice social distancing. Additionally, by reducing the number of meal sites, we will also be able to reduce the number of principals and assistant principals who are overseeing meal distribution each day, which will provide additional time for principals to support remote learning, which launches district-wide on April 13.



For the remainder of this week, CPS families can pick up free grab-and-go meals from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at any CPS school. For the full list of meal sites open during spring break and under the consolidated site plan beginning April 13, please visit cps.edu/mealsites or call 773-553-KIDS. Meal sites will not be open on Friday, April 10 to give our staff members off for Good Friday, and we ask families to plan accordingly.



Supporting our families in the midst of this public health emergency is so important to us, and we thank you for your patience and understanding as our plans and resources evolve. Please continue engaging in social distancing as we work to slow the spread of this pandemic.



Sincerely,



Janice K. Jackson, EdD LaTanya D. McDade
Chief Executive Officer Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools Chicago Public Schools

Estimadas familias de CPS:

La salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes y personal es siempre nuestra máxima prioridad. Desde el cierre temporal de nuestras escuelas debido al COVID-19, las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago (CPS) ha proporcionado más de 2.1 millones de cajas de comidas para las familias, y nos comprometemos a seguir proporcionándoles estas comidas durante las vacaciones de primavera y hasta que se reanuden las clases. Para proporcionarles un servicio más consistente cuando recoge las comidas y para apoyar de mejor manera al personal escolar, cambiaremos los sitios de distribución de alimentos a partir del lunes 6 de abril.

Durante las vacaciones de primavera, que comienzan el lunes 6 de abril, las familias podrán recoger las comidas en 136 escuelas en toda la ciudad, de lunes a jueves de 9 a.m a 1 p.m. Para informarse de los sitios donde puede acudir durante las vacaciones de primavera, vea esta lista detallada aquí. A partir de la próxima semana (lunes 13 de abril), el distrito lanzará un plan de comidas consolidado en el que 276 escuelas más visitadas continuarán proporcionando comidas gratuitas; y las escuelas menos visitadas ya no servirán como sitios de distribución.

Al consolidar los sitios de distribución, tendremos más personal disponible para apoyar a cada escuela, lo que prevendrá que los sitios se cierren debido a la falta de personal. El personal de cafetería que no esté trabajando o que no haya sido asignado a un sitio seguirá recibiendo su salario y podrá permanecer en casa y practicar el distanciamiento social. Además, al reducir el número de sitios, también podremos reducir el número de directores y subdirectores que supervisan la distribución de comidas todos los días. Esto les permitirá tiempo adicional a los directores para centrarse en el aprendizaje a distancia, que se implementará el 13 de abril en todo el distrito.

Para el resto de esta semana, las familias de CPS pueden recoger las comidas de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. en cualquier escuela de CPS. Visite cps.edu/mealsites o llame al 773-553-KIDS para obtener la lista completa de los sitios abiertos durante las vacaciones de primavera y de los que se incluirán en el plan de sitios consolidados a partir del 13 de abril. Los sitios no estarán abiertos el viernes 10 de abril para darle un día libre a nuestro personal el día de Viernes Santo. Le pedimos a las familias que planifiquen en consecuencia.

Apoyar a nuestras familias en medio de esta emergencia de salud pública es muy importante para nosotros, y le agradecemos por su paciencia y comprensión a medida que desarrollamos nuestros planes y recursos. Le pedimos que siga practicando el distanciamiento social mientras trabajamos para frenar la propagación de esta pandemia.

Cordialmente,

Janice K. Jackson, EdD LaTanya D. McDade
Directora Ejecutiva Directora de Educación
Escuelas Públicas de Chicago Escuelas Públicas de Chicago
This past month has been an unprecedented challenge for all of us. As difficult as it has been to see our normal lives put on pause, we are incredibly proud of our CPS family and how you have moved to protect the health of our city. Today, Governor Pritzker announced that the state-wide mandated school closures will be extended through April 30.

As hard as this is, it is what we need to do in order to keep our city safe, and we promise that we are working diligently to support our students, families, and staff members through these closures.

Important Reminders

Healthy meals are available to our students.
Since our schools closed, over 2.1 million free grab-and-go meals have been provided to CPS families. Families can continue to pick up grab-and-go meals at their neighborhood CPS school from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Remote learning will begin on April 13, 2020.
Earlier this week, we announced our Pre-K–12 remote learning plan to keep our students engaged, learning, and connected to their school community during the closure.

Remote learning assignments and activities will only improve student grades. Our aim is to increase learning, not to negatively impact our students during school closures.

The district will be distributing more than 100,000 devices to help narrow the digital divide during this period.

Please visit cps.edu/remotelearning to learn more.

You can take crucial actions every day to help protect yourself and your community.

If you’re sick, stay home.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands often.

Support one another by resisting stigma.

Stay informed by visiting chicago.gov/coronavirus and cps.edu/coronavirus.

If you need help locating medical care, please reach out to the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness at oshw@cps.edu or by calling the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437).

We will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Janice K. Jackson, EdD LaTanya D. McDade

Chief Executive Officer Chief Education Officer

Chicago Public Schools Chicago Public Schools