2250 N Clifton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
Progressive Programs - Community Support - Academic Excellence
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
2250 N. Clifton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 3:45 PM
November 5, 2019
Dear Mayer Community,
It has been a busy couple of days but I believe we are slowly getting back into the “groove” of things. It is great to have everyone back in the building!
I wanted to provide you with a few updates since my last correspondence:
❏ The end of quarter 1 is Thursday, November 7, 2019.
❏ There is no school for students on Friday, November 8, 2019. Grades are due by the close of business.
❏ There is no school on Monday, November 11, 2019.
❏ Report card conferences will be held for elementary schools on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Teachers have been sending out conference sign ups and I encourage you to submit your available times.
❏ Today, the district sent correspondence to families about the proposed five make up days. Please be advised that these dates must be approved by the Board of Education at their upcoming meeting on November 20, 2019. Prior to the Board vote, the Board will hold public hearings on Nov. 12, 2019, from 4-6 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. to collect feedback from members of the community. (see letter, copied below)
I understand that these calendar changes present many challenges to families. In addition, many of you have questions and or concerns about possible planned vacations and the impact on your child’s attendance given these proposed changes. I encourage you to attend the hearings to provide feedback. When the district provides additional information, I will communicate with families. Thanking you in advance for your continued patience and understanding during this time.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at email@example.com
A message from CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Dear CPS Parents and Families,
As part of the agreement to end the Chicago Teachers Union strike, CPS will make up five of the 11 school days missed due to the teachers’ strike, and today we are reaching out to notify you of the make-up dates that have been proposed.
The make-up days must be scheduled on days when teachers and CTU staff would not otherwise be paid, which severely limited the district’s scheduling options. We were also mindful of major academic milestones, including spring Advanced Placement exams, and did not want our school year to extend significantly into summer vacations, which would further impact families.
The following proposed make-up days are spaced over a series of dates during the school year that were not previously scheduled as student attendance days, as well as a small number of additional dates at the end of the school year:
We understand that changes to the school calendar can be challenging for families, and we apologize for the inconvenience. The proposed changes to the 2019–20 school calendar will be presented to the Chicago Board of Education for approval at the November 20, 2019 meeting.
Along with the changes to our school schedule, CPS has also released an amended budget for the 2019-20 school year. Our budget now includes additional revenue and cost savings that will help support the labor agreements reached with our teachers and support staff, and provide our students with the supports and resources they need to reach their full potential. For additional details on the amended budget, please visit cps.edu/budget.
I want to thank all of our parents and families for your extraordinary patience over the past few weeks. Like many parents, I am happy our children are back in school where they can focus their energy on earning a high-quality education that will set them up for success in college, career, and life. CPS is a district on the rise, and I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish together.
Janice K. Jackson, EdD LaTanya D. McDade
Chief Executive Officer Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools Chicago Public Schools