February 11 - February 17, 2022 | Week #21
This week: Continued Mask Requirements at CPS | Survey for CPS Families Regarding 2022-23 Academic Calendar | Current COVID-19 Statistics at Skinner | For Your Awareness: Investigation for COVID-19 at Skinner School | Crossing Guards Needed! | Camp Galileo at Whitney Young High School
Dates to Remember

  • PTO Meeting - Monday, February 14 at 5:30 p.m.
  • LSC Meeting - Tuesday, February 15 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Graduation Pictures (KDG & 8th Grade) - Thursday, February 17
  • 2022-2023 Academic Calendar Survey Deadline - Friday, February 18 at 5 p.m.
  • LSC Election Application Deadline - Friday, March 4
  • Spring Picture Day - Thursday, March 24
Continued Mask Requirements at CPS

Dear Skinner West Parents,
You may be aware that last week, a downstate court issued a legal decision regarding the Governor’s requirements for COVID-19 safety measures in schools, including masks.
The court’s current ruling does not prohibit CPS from continuing to enforce its COVID-19 mitigation policies and procedures, including the universal masking requirement for students and staff, the protocols requiring individuals who test positive for or have been exposed to COVID-19 to learn or work from home, and the mandate that staff members either get vaccinated or consent to weekly COVID testing. These important measures will stay in place at CPS until further notice, and we will continue to follow the District’s procedures, because they have allowed us to provide a safe, in-person learning experience for students. 
We encourage those who have not yet done so to join more than 150,000 CPS families who have either ensured their children are fully vaccinated or received their first dose, and join over 93,000 CPS families who have voluntarily signed up their children for weekly COVID-19 testing at school. Please visit cps.edu/vaccinations for a complete list of vaccine opportunities that are available for your family, and please visit color.com/readycheckgo-cps to sign up your child for weekly COVID-19 testing.
As always, we thank you for your partnership and understanding. We will continue working tirelessly to provide your children with a safe, healthy learning environment where they can reach their full potential.

Richard Smith
Administrator In Charge
Survey for CPS Families Regarding 2022-23 Academic Calendar

Dear CPS Families,

Educating Chicago’s children is a team effort. It requires regular collaboration and a transparent relationship among teachers, administrators, and families. In that spirit, we are asking for your partnership in shaping the academic calendar for the 2022-23 school year.

For the first time ever, CPS families are being invited to share what you would like next year’s school calendar to look like. Two calendar options have been created using input from our principals, and this survey will give you the opportunity to indicate which would best meet the needs of your family.
Here is what is the same about both calendars:
  • A 2022-23 school year that begins BEFORE Labor Day
  • 176 days of instruction for students
  • 12 professional learning days for teachers and school-based staff
  • 1 parent-teacher conference day for both HS and ES students in the fall of 2022 and 1 for both HS and ES students the spring of 2023 instead of separate days for HS and ES students in both the fall and spring
  • 2 weeks of winter vacation and 1 week of spring vacation
  • No student instruction during the entire week of Thanksgiving

Calendar Option #1: This calendar largely mirrors what is being used in CPS this school year.

Highlights include:
  • A school start date of Monday, August 29, 2022 and an end date of Wednesday, June 14, 2023
  • Students complete their first semester after Winter Break in January 2023 (same schedule as our current school year)
  • A more equal distribution of days and weeks across the 4 academic quarters

Calendar Option #2: This calendar aligns more closely with the academic calendars of suburban school districts and local colleges and universities.

Highlights include:
  • A school start date of Monday, August 22, 2022 and an end date of Wednesday, June 7, 2023
  • Students complete their first semester prior to Winter Break on Friday, December 23, 2022 
  • A less even distribution of instructional days and weeks across the 4 quarters of the school year, due to the completion of the first semester prior to Winter Break

Please complete this survey to share which of the above options your family would prefer for the 2022-23 school year. The survey is open now and will close on Friday, February 18 at 5 p.m. Feedback from the survey will be collected and evaluated by the District, and a final recommendation will be made to the Chicago Board of Education at their March 23, 2022 meeting. Final details on the approved academic calendar will then be shared with families.

The new academic calendar will set the tone for the 2022-23 school year, so it is vital that our families play an active role in shaping it. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey before February 18 so that your voice can be included in this critically important decision.


Pedro Martinez
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
Current COVID-19 Statistics at Skinner

As of February 10th, Skinner's COVID-19 statistics are as follows:
  • Percentage of students in quarantine: 2.72% 
  • Percentage of student population vaccinated: 59% (Reported)
For Your Awareness: Investigation for COVID-19 at Skinner School

Dear Skinner West Community,

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is committed to keeping you informed of the most current developments regarding COVID-19. An individual who was in our school building on February 7, 2022, tested positive for COVID-19. We are sending this notification for your awareness, and you do not need to take any further action at this time. If you have been identified as a close contact, you should have received a separate notification from the Office of Student Health and Wellness with additional information.

As a reminder, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 as a CPS school community by getting vaccinated, social distancing whenever possible, wearing masks in public, washing our hands thoroughly, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

For district updates and resources, visit www.cps.edu. If you need help locating medical care or have any CPS-specific questions, please reach out to the Healthy CPS Hotline at 773-553-KIDS (5437) which is staffed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We are here to support you as we move forward together as one healthy, supportive and engaged school family.


Skinner West Administration
Crossing Guards Needed!

Skinner West is currently looking for several crossing guards. Please see the attached flyer and contact Dr. Smith at rgsmith@cps.edu if you are interested.
Camp Galileo at Whitney Young High School

Although it's still winter, it's never too early to think about summer camp options! Camp Galileo will be at Whitney Young High School this summer. Scholarship opportunities are available for families through Galileo's Innovation For All program. For more information regarding Camp Galileo or the Innovation for All scholarship program, please see the attached flyers or visit galileo-camps.com.
In case you missed it....
Principal Selection Committee Update

This week the Principal Selection Committee held Round 2 interviews with principal candidates. The group will meet in closed session next week to discuss the interviews and the LSC will vote on which candidate(s) will advance to the final round of interviews. The final interview will consist of 3 candidate forums (a parent/community, teacher/faculty, and student forum). The forums will take place the week of February 14th. More information about the forum date & times will be shared in the newsletter.
Updated Quarantine Guidance for Parents

Beginning February 1st, CPS moved from a 10-day quarantine/isolation period to a 5-day quarantine/isolation period for students and staff members who either test positive for COVID-19 or unvaccinated students and staff who are exposed.

Please visit the following CPS website to view updated information on our current COVID-19 policy in detail: CPS COVID-19 Isolation Guidance.

Other helpful links:
5-Day Quarantine FAQ for Families and Staff [ ENGLISH AND SPANISH ]
COVID-19 Protocol for Families [ ENGLISH | SPANISH ]
How Does Contact Tracing Work? [ ENGLISH | SPANISH ]
What happens when someone tests positive for COVID-19 in CPS? [ ENGLISH | SPANISH ]
COVID-19 Protocol for Families Scenarios [ ENGLISH | SPANISH ]
Skinner's Local School Council Needs You!

Skinner's Local School Council (LSC) elections are coming up soon! Are you interested in serving Skinner on the LSC and being a member of the Skinner LSC? The LSC traditionally consists of 6 parents, 2 teacher representatives, 1 staff member, 2 community members and the principal of the school. Council members are elected by members of their peer group every two years, and elections will take place in April. Applications to run are due March 4, 2022! Learn more here.
Happy Lunar New Year from Ms. Growe's Class!

Ms. Growe’s kindergarten class celebrated the Lunar New Year on February 1, 2022. A special thank you to classroom volunteers who sent treats in to celebrate. Iri W.’s mother came in and taught us about the Chinese New Year traditions. She read students stories, showed the class a PowerPoint presentation, provided individual activity books, and ended by making Chinese lanterns with each kindergartener. It truly was an unforgettable day, and the children had so much fun celebrating the Year of the Tiger! On behalf of Skinner West, Ms. Growe’s kindergarten would like to wish a Happy New Year to all of the Skinner Superstars and families who celebrate! 新年好!
CPS All-City Visual Art Exhibit

Show your creativity! Express your mind and heart! Share your special voice! Check out this information to get your artwork submitted to the CPS All-City Visual Arts Elementary exhibition. For submission guidelines, click here.

The submission window for the All-City Elementary and High School Visual Arts Exhibitions is open until April 8, 2022.