Phase 3 Reopening on March 8th for 6-8th grade

Middle School Families,

As a parent (School Leader), you should never have a favorite child, but my favorite children are returning back to school and I am so excited. We are proud and excited to welcome back our middle school hybrid students on March 8th. Much has changed since our middle schoolers were last with us in person, but what has remained constant is our drive to provide them with a top quality middle school education and experience that will prepare them for high school and beyond.

I know the choice of whether to return to school or remain in remote learning was not an easy one for our families. Please know that we have dedicated ourselves to ensuring strong student learning and growth for both our hybrid and remote students. I know that by working together, communicating about needs and concerns, and remaining focused on learning, we will accomplish great things in the coming months, like we always do at South Loop.

As the leaders of the school, I expect my 6th-8th graders to set the tone for South Loop. I expect my leaders to show their Lion P.R.I.D.E. and to remember that in the current climate, safety must be at the core of everything we strive for. I look forward to seeing my 6th-8th graders who have opted to return back in class next week. For those who have opted to stay remote, I understand your decision and your concerns, and we as a staff will continue to work together to keep you on track, learning, and growing.

8:30 am – 3:30pm to the 1601 S Dearborn building

  • 6th grade Hybrid students will report on Monday and Tuesdays
  • 7th- 8th Hybrid students will report on Thursday and Fridays
  • Students must bring their CPS/South Loop School issued chromebook devices on their assigned in-person days. 

Wednesdays are remote learning days for all kdg -8th grade students. 

Traffic Pattern for Middle School Building:

Report to your assigned door. 
Students will enter and exit the building at designated entry/exit locations: 

Middle School Building Designated Doors

We expect all families to answer all questions honestly and abide by the guidelines in place to keep all of us safe and ensure a successful reopening. If you are traveling or participating in gatherings, please do not send your child to school without following the city’s quarantine  guidelines.  

Collective Responsibility:
Please read the social compact created by CPS for everyone (all staff, teachers and students) who are returning to the building for in-person learning. Please read, sign and return to the document to your child’s teacher. This document is asking everyone to acknowledge our collective responsibility in keeping each other safe during these unprecedented times. 

Health Screener: 
Every student must complete the CPS Health Screener daily. Complete the screener at a minimum of one hour prior to the start of the school day to ensure your child’s name populates in our screener system.

Daily Health Screener –  https://chicagopsprod.service-now.com/health

For assistance completing the Health Screener click here

Revised Cook County Travel Guidance: 
The CCDPH recently updated its travel guidance to align with the travel order in effect in the City of Chicago. The Chicago website includes a map and more information than the Cook County website, including an FAQ.  

The guidelines apply to anyone traveling  designated U.S. states with a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19, which are updated weekly and coded orange on this map

School Uniforms: 
No school or gym uniforms this school year. Students are expected to dress appropriately.  No foul language, no inappropriate pictures, and no political slogans etc. All shirts must have sleeves and cover midriff and all bottoms must reach mid-thigh. Gym shoes must be worn on gym days to participate.

Breakfast/Lunch: 
Free breakfast will be served in the classroom daily . Free lunch will be served in the lunchroom daily. We will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch bags at both buildings for Remote Learning Families. 

Supplies: 
Your child’s South Loop in-peron supply lists can be found here.

Daily: 
5 additional face mask* 
Personal hand sanitizer
Personal sanitizing wipes

Optional:
Laundry basket or large container 
Desk shield
Face shield

*CDC link with dos/donts for face masks: –https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

Classroom teachers will email individual classroom Remote Learning and Hybrid Learning schedules.

Specials Schedules:
Hybrid Specials Schedule https://tinyurl.com/4ef497z7
4th-8th Hybrid Schedulehttps://tinyurl.com/th8rzvsa

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Illinois Department of Public Health FAQ for Schools: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/IDPH-School-FAQs.pdf

Full Hybrid Plan : https://tinyurl.com/SLShybridplan
Hybrid At-a-Glancehttps://tinyurl.com/SLSK-8HybridFAQs

Lion Pride- South Loop Strong!

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