COVID-19

CPS has provided a number of resources to assist students and families through the 2020-2021 school year.  Use this link to access the CPS guidelines for Successfully Learning At Home (translations available).  Throughout the school year, Skinner West will adhere to CPS guidelines and policies, as they are made available. 

 

CPS Announcements

Are CPS schools going to reopen in the fall?

The district announced on August 5 that all CPS students will begin the year learning at home through the end of the first quarter. Prior to the beginning of the second quarter, we will assess the state of COVID-19 and the safety of switching to a hybrid learning model.

How long must a student be online to count as “present” for attendance?

Students need to meet the daily requirement of synchronous minutes as outlined in the CPS Remote Learning Attendance Guidelines.

Revised Criteria for Selective Enrollment Schools and NWEA

CPS announced revised criterista for Selective Enrollment High Schools and Academic Centers. Parents, read the full announcement here.

Skinner West specific details

A message from Principal Clark

Dear Skinner West Community,

CPS announced that all CPS students will engage in a full remote learning model for the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding through these uncertain times. We will share updates and details in the coming weeks as our Skinner West faculty and staff work hard to welcome our Superstars-remotely- to another school year.

Mrs. Deborah Clark

Please note - you can find Mrs. Clark's welcome to the 2020-2021 school year video can be found here.

Front Office Hours

Our front office has reopened for the school year. Office hours are 8:30-4:30. To keep our school and our 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.

School Supplies & School Fees

Please ask your teacher for an amended school supply list for remote learning. We will not be collecting school fees at this time. School fees will be revisited when in-person learning resumes.

Updated IL Health Requirements

The state of Illinois requires students to maintain certain Minimum Health Requirements. All students must meet these requirements by October 15, 2020. Please contact our school nurse, Ms. McCoy, at jamccoy@cps.edu if you have any further questions. Medical forms/immunization records for new students may be brought with you when you register.

School Material Pick-up material

Coming Soon - As soon as we have more information, we'll be sharing school material pick-up times. We are waiting on the delivery of school textbooks and other materials. We will also run a textbook return day for those who have books to return from last year.

Free Walk-up COVID-19 Testing in West Loop

Bennett Day School, The State of Illinois, Alinea, and Morgan Manufacturing have teamed up to provide free COVID-19 testing, open to the community, in the Bennett Day School parking lot.

Testing will be available from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm starting Wednesday, September 9 and weekly on Wednesdays through September in this initial partnership. Testing will be available on a walk-up basis only at 955 W Grand Street in the alley (no drive-thru testing). Anyone is welcome to be tested, insurance is not required as it is free, and all you need to provide is a phone number for results.

Instruction and Technology

How can students log in to their CPS accounts?

This Student Account Management Quick Guide includes step-by-step instructions for students on how to log in to their account, including how to reset their password. If you have questions on how to complete this process, please contact your teacher or skinnerwestparents@cps.edu.

Which Google Classrooms should be used for instruction?

Google Classrooms have been generated for every course scheduled in Aspen and teachers must use district-generated Google Classrooms for instruction. Under the direction of the principal, if a Google Classroom does not meet the needs of students and teachers, it may be archived.

Where can I find more information about the technology used during Remote Learning and how to troubleshoot issues?


The CPS "Reopening 2020 - Support" page offers information about how to request technology devices, find internet access, or log into your student's CPS account. The "Family Training" page lists out upcoming training sessions to get you more familiar with Google Classroom. You can also review the "Back-to-School" FAQ page which was published on Sept 11, 2020.

What is the guidance to schools when teachers experience technical or connectivity difficulties and cannot log into their own classroom?

Teachers can call the Service Desk for technical support.

Who can I contact with questions about devices and technology-related issues?

Parents who need technical support for their child's CPS-issued device or have general questions about Chicago Connected can call the Parent Tech Support Hotline at 773-417-1060. For all other inquiries, including meal site locations, please call (773) 553-KIDS.

CPS employees who need technical support can call the IT Service Desk at (773) 553-3925.

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 families sign up for child supervision during remote learning?

Families who are interested in child supervision during remote learning should please complete this survey. For spaces in the first group of child supervision sites, CPS prioritized students in temporary living situations and students under the age of 14 residing in high-hardship zip codes. CPS will be reaching out to the next wave of students who filled out the survey and qualify to enroll in available slots by Friday, September 11.

Will the district provide food services to students during remote learning?

Yes. Beginning Tuesday, September 8, CPS will have more than 450 meal sites for the 2020-21 school year. Students, parents, or guardians may pick up free meals at the nearest school from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit cps.edu/mealsites to check meal site hours and find the nearest meal distribution site here.

If you are unable to pick up meals in person, please contact the CPS Command Center to schedule meal delivery at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or email familyservices@cps.edu.

What is the Chicago Connected program?

Chicago Connected is a groundbreaking program that will provide free high-speed internet service to approximately 100,000 Chicago Public Schools (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/

If you are unable to pick up meals in person, please contact the CPS Command Center to schedule meal delivery at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or email familyservices@cps.edu.

What internet resources are available for families who are not eligible for Chicago Connected?

Families can explore low-cost internet options here.

Useful Links from Chicago Public Schools