COVID-19

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will be back in person five days a week for the 2021-2022 school year. Skinner West will adhere to all CPS guidelines and policies, as they are made available.

CPS Guidance

Face Masks

Masks or cloth face coverings must be worn indoors by everyone on school property, regardless of vaccination status, except while eating or drinking. This includes students, educators, support staff, and all visitors to school buildings. Face coverings may be removed for outdoor activities, such as recess and some sports activities.

Social Distancing

We will ensure that at least 3 feet of social distancing is maintained whenever possible.

Cleaning and Sanitation

Enhanced cleaning standards that we implemented in 2020 will remain in place this school year. There will also be additional support from the 400 custodians the district hired to support re-opening. We will continue to ensure hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are available to all students and staff. Additional protective measures, such as sneeze guards, will also remain in place.

Air Quality

The district will continue to follow industry standards for indoor air quality. This means that we will monitor air quality and provide a HEPA filter for occupied classrooms and staff spaces.

Contact Tracing and Notifications

CPS will continue to provide timely contact tracing support to schools and will provide notifications to impacted communities. Additionally, for the 2021-22 school year, the district will have a team of 24 contact tracing staff members.

Testing and Vaccination

CPS is partnering with Thermo Fisher Scientific and Color Health to provide all students with COVID-19 testing for the 2021-2022 school year through the ReadyCheckGo™ testing program. The program is voluntary. For more information:

 

Another way students can stay safe from COVID-19 is by getting vaccinated. Currently, all students older than age 12 can get vaccinated through a variety of opportunities provided by CPS, including its five Back-to-School Bashes and at school-based vaccinations sites.

CPS also encourages students and families to look into other ways to get vaccinated by using the city’s vaccination event calendar, which is separated by region and updated regularly.

Health Attestation and COVID Self-Reporting

CPS follows the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education’s guidance regarding who should be present onsite in our schools and requiring each student to undergo a daily health screening prior to entering their school building. In accordance with this guidance, parents/guardians must conduct a daily health screening prior to their child departing for school each day. Parents/guardians must report consistent with the instructions outlined in the Student Certification and Verification/Attestation Form, unless otherwise notified by CPS. This form must be completed and submitted to your child’s teacher by September 10, 2021 and will be in effect for the first quarter. Parents will be asked to complete this form again for each of the remaining quarters during SY21-22.

If you (or your child) tested positive for COVID-19, stay home and report it to the district using the CPS COVID-19 Self Reporting Form.

 

Skinner West specific details

A Letter from Principal Clark

A warm welcome to all of our new and returning Skinner families!This school year we will focus on the theme of “Re-engagement and Building Communities.” With our children entering/returning to a “normal” classroom setting after a long period of time, we feel it is important to focus on these specific needs of the students.

I understand parents and students still have many questions about this school year. We are working to design a safe and engaging class day for everyone.

Communication and parent involvement remain extremely important to us here at Skinner West. Please be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletters. Our weekly newsletter during the school year will continue to be sent to your inbox Thursday evening/Friday morning. Our Communications Committee is staffed by volunteer parents who will continue to work hard to get vital information to parents through the newsletter as well as this web site and our Facebook page. Skinner parents may also contact the school via email at skinnerwestparents@cps.edu.

We appreciate your patience in this back-to-school process. We are dedicated to providing a positive, engaging, challenging, and fun learning experience to our Superstars regardless of the circumstances. We are happy to partner with you in this endeavor and look forward to a successful, smooth school year.

Sincerely,

Principal Clark

Front Office Hours

Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. To keep our school and staff safe, please do not visit the front office or the school without an appointment. You may reach the front office by calling (773) 534-7790. Visitors to the office must complete the CPS Health Screener before they will be admitted into the building.

Mask Requirements

As mandated by the district (see above) all students must wear a mask while indoors—with the exception of breakfast and lunch. This also includes all after-school programs that occur at Skinner West.

Please send your child to school with one mask to wear and another in their backpack in case of loss or mess. Ensure that your child has a clean mask at the start of each school day.

Water Bottles

Communal drinking fountains throughout our buildings are still closed. We have several water stations that can be used to fill individual water bottles. Please send your child with their own water bottle.

School Nurse

Our on-site school nurse, Stephanie Johnson, will continue to be an invaluable resource for our families. She can be reached via email at sjohnson90@cps.edu, if you have questions.

 

Available CPS services

If I have questions for CPS, who can I contact?

Please call the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or email familyservices@cps.edu.

Can I still apply for the Chicago Connected program even if we’re back in-person?

Chicago Connected is a groundbreaking program that provides free high-speed internet service to CPS students. Chicago Connected will provide up to four years of high-speed internet for CPS families who are most in need. You can check your eligibility through https://www.cps.edu/strategic-initiatives/chicago-connected/eligibility/

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