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A message from CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS (8/16/2021 4:59 PM)

Dear Parents and Families,

We are excited to safely welcome students back to school five days a week starting August 30, 2021! As we look ahead to a safe semester, we are reaching out to provide an update about health and safety protocols that align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for keeping students and staff safe at school and during participation in high-risk activities such as sports.

To ensure COVID-19 cases are prevented and identified quickly among our student athletes, starting September 1, 2021, all student athletes in grades 5-12 will be required to either submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination (if they are eligible) or participate in weekly COVID-19 testing during their sports season. Any child who is fully vaccinated will be exempted from the weekly COVID-19 testing requirement to participate in sports. Through vaccinations and regular testing, we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our student athletes while allowing them to participate in the activities they so dearly love.

The district will be sharing additional detailed information about COVID-19 testing and proof of vaccination for extracurricular sports in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we encourage all eligible students, staff, and families to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their community against COVID-19. You can find more information on where to get vaccinated at a CPS location by visiting www.cps.edu/vaccinations. You can also visit https://www.vaccines.gov/ for more information, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-312-746-4835 to find other COVID-19 vaccine locations near you.

Thank you for your support and partnership in keeping our students safe and healthy during the upcoming school year.

Sincerely,

Kenneth L. Fox, MD

Chief Health Officer

Maurice Swinney, EdD

Interim Chief Education Officer

David Rosengard

Exec. Dir of Sports Administration

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Estimado padre de familial:

Nos emociona recibir nuevamente a los estudiantes en la escuela los cinco días a la semana, a partir del 30 de agosto de 2021. Mientras esperamos la reapertura segura, por la presente, le informamos sobre los protocolos de salud y seguridad actualizados, recomendados por los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades, para mantener la seguridad de los estudiantes y del personal en la escuela y en actividades de alto riesgo como los deportes.

Para prevenir e identificar rápidamente los casos de COVID-19, a partir del 1 de septiembre de 2021, todos los estudiantes atletas en los grados 5 a 12 deberán presentar un comprobante de vacunación contra el COVID-19 (si son elegibles), o participar en pruebas semanales de COVID-19 durante su temporada deportiva. Cualquier estudiante que esté completamente vacunado estará exento del requisito de la prueba semanal de COVID-19 para participar en los deportes. A través de las vacunas y las pruebas regulares, podemos prevenir la propagación entre nuestros estudiantes atletas mientras les permitimos participar en las actividades que tanto les gustan.

El distrito compartirá más información detallada sobre las pruebas de COVID-19 y el comprobante de vacunación para los deportes extracurriculares en las próximas semanas. Mientras tanto, animamos a todos los estudiantes, el personal y las familias elegibles a vacunarse para protegerse a sí mismos y a su comunidad contra el COVID-19. Para conocer los sitios de vacunación de CPS, visite www.cps.edu/vaccinations. También puede visitar www.vaccines.gov para obtener información adicional, enviar un mensaje de texto con su código postal al 438829 o llamar al 1-312-746-4835 para encontrar otros sitios cercanos de vacunación.

Gracias por su apoyo y colaboración para mantener la seguridad y la salud de nuestros estudiantes durante el próximo año escolar.

Atentamente,

Kenneth L. Fox, MD

Jefe de salud

Maurice Swinney, EdD

Jefe de educación interino

David Rosengard

Dir. ejecutivo de admón. de deportes



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