CPS Introduces New Resources to Help Families Prepare for First Day of School

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Education

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Education

To help families prepare to start the school year remotely on Tuesday, September 8, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) launched cps.edu/reopening2020 — a new parent resource that centralizes important information related to the upcoming school year.

New Google Trainings This Week to Support Parents:
In partnership with Google Education, CPS is offering a series of trainings starting Thursday, September 3, to help parents become more comfortable with the Google Education Suite. The trainings will be tailored to the needs of parents — from Google Basics to specialized trainings around accessibility — and available in English and Spanish. The trainings will outline several of the main tools that students will use throughout remote learning and provide parents with tips on how to help their students if they are having trouble with the platform. Links to the trainings will be available on the CPS reopening website.

Meal Site Expansion Beginning Tuesday:
Starting on the first day of school, September 8, the district will provide meals at more than 450 schools. Meal sites will be open on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If families are unable to visit a meal site in-person, the district will continue to provide free delivery for those who need additional support. Families can find site locations by visiting cps.edu/mealsites; the new sites will be added on Friday. The district’s 277 summer meal sites will be open through Thursday, September 3, and will be closed on Friday, September 4, and Monday, September 7.

High-Speed Internet at No Cost Through Chicago Connected:
Eligible CPS families can receive high-speed internet in their homes at no cost for up to four years through the district’s Chicago Connected program. The district contacted eligible families by U.S. mail, text messages, robocalls, and emails over the summer, and families can also find out if they are eligible through the district’s online eligibility tool. So far, more than 22,000 students have been connected through the program, which is serving as a model for expanding free internet access in other large cities across the country. For more information, visit www.cps.edu/getconnected.

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