Remote Learning Check-In: December Edition

2020  is coming to a close, as a community, we have faced a global pandemic, civil unrest and economic uncertainty. As adults, we are adjusting to new habits, routines, “new  norms” and responsibilities. The unknown and uncertainty can be overwhelming! Whether you are excessively  exercising, picked up a new baking talent, or poured all of your energy into home improvements- carving out time for self-care is really important during times of heightened stress. As we leave this unprecedented 2020 behind us, please make sure you are  constantly taking time to center your mind (mental health), body (healthy eating and lifestyle) and emotional well-being (how you respond to trauma).

With the  holidays coming up, you may find yourself wondering what you are grateful for. Take some time to think about the positives of your current situation. Give thanks for the inner strength that has carried you through this most difficult time. Consider ending the  year with a family volunteer project. Volunteering is a great way to focus on others and lessen the time with thinking about our current circumstances. Be thankful for each and every day.

I wish the SL community a wonderful and joyous holiday season.

CPS News:
Reopening Schools

CPS is planning to begin opening  school buildings for families who choose to return following winter break. Students enrolled in pre-k and moderate and intensive cluster programs will have the option to return on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, and students in K-8 will be able to return on Monday, Feb. 1. High school students who learn in general education settings will continue learning at home. 

To prepare for the safe return to school buildings, families of children who are eligible to return will be contacted later this month to understand their preferred learning setting following winter break. This could include information for combining classes based on the number students returning and/or the number teachers requesting ADA telework.

Check your email or possibly a text from CPS with the opt/in-opt/out parent survey. Please note that families who responded to the survey in October do not need to re-submit if their preference has not changed.

Please read South Loop’s Tentative Hybrid Plan here for more information. This plan will be updated by December 18th.

SLS Tentative Hybrid Plan (Presentation)

SLS Tentative Hybrid Plan (PPT)

SLS Tentative Hybrid In Person Protocols (doc)

CPS Reopening guide for parents

School buildings will look different (click to see how). 

Sibling Lottery 2021-2022
If you have a sibling you want to enroll in a Chicago Public  School for the 2021-2022 school year, and you have another child enrolled in that school, you must submit an application through the GoCPS application process. The currently enrolled sibling’s last name, CPS ID number, and current school name or code must be included on the application. Siblings applying to elementary magnet, magnet cluster, or open enrollment schools are selected first and will be offered seats to the extent that space is available. If a school receives more applications from siblings than there are seats available, a computerized lottery will be conducted to fill the seats. The term “sibling” refers to natural siblings, step siblings, foster siblings and adopted siblings only. In order to be eligible, the currently enrolled sibling and the sibling applicant must live in the same household. Your child cannot be enrolled as a sibling if their brother or sister graduates in 2021 or transfers to a different school in the 2021-2022 school year.

How to Apply
In order to apply online, your first step is to request a CPS ID number for your child, which will be sent to you via U.S. mail. Once you receive the CPS ID number, you can apply online at go.cps.edu (click ‘Sign Up’ to begin the process). The online process is highly recommended but, if you prefer, you can submit a paper application, accessible at go.cps.edu (click ‘Elementary School’ and ‘Apply’). The application deadline is December 11, 2020. Students who do not have an application submitted by the deadline will not be eligible for admission in the 2021-2022 school year. If you have questions or need assistance with the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at (773) 553-2060 or gocps@cps.edu.

Family Resources:
COVID Relief resources: linked here is the section of the covid website 

ComEd has a financial assistance program to support low-income residents with a one-time grant. Information and numbers are below. For more information look  under Resources-> Additional Resources -> Gas or Electric Reconnection and Relief.

If you have been disconnected from your electricity or gas service, you can call either utility to be reconnected and access financial assistance and other protections.

Even if you are currently connected but you are experiencing financial hardship OR are eligible for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), you can call either utility to receive special financial assistance and other protections.

To start the process, please call your respective utility and state your financial hardship verbally:

  • ComEd (electricity) – 1.800.334.7661
  • Peoples Gas (gas) – 1.866.556.6001 

If you need additional help to navigate the process, please contact the Citizens Utility Board at 1-800-669-5556 between 9 am. – 4 pm. Monday through Friday.

ComEd Financial Assistance Program
For a limited time, this financial-assistance program provides an additional one-time grant of up to $300 to help low- income residential customers, and those who express financial hardship, reduce past-due balances. Assistance through the Helping Hand program will be administered directly through ComEd.  Residential customers can apply for Helping Hand grants at www.ComEd.com/PaymentAssistance or call 1-800-334-7661.

  1. No Chicagoan will be disconnected from gas or electric due to non-payment from now through March 31.  This is even the case if someone received or does receive a disconnection notice.  From now until 3/31, no actual disconnections will occur.
  2. Reconnection is not automatic.  Families must call each utility company.
  3. The CUB (Citizens Utility Board) hot line is the best resource for trouble-shooting of specific cases if you run into problems with either utility  company.  
  4. Families who are connected but having financial difficulty should also call.  Their bills will continue to build up otherwise and the assistance in #6 is also available for them.  The assistance is time-limited until allotted funds run out.

Eviction Moratorium
On Friday November 13th,  Governor JB Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-72, which extends the statewide eviction moratorium to December 12th, but requires that residents first attest, under penalty of perjury, that they meet certain income requirements, are unable to make rent payment due to a COVID-19 related hardship, have made best efforts to make timely partial payments, and would likely become homeless if evicted. Tenants are required to sign a declaration form issued by IHDA proving they meet the criteria. The new standards mirror those of the federal CDC moratorium, which expires at the end of the year. 

Please note that the moratorium eligibility is limited to tenants who can document a negative impact from COVID-19 only.  

SEL Support
For students needing support with Remote Learning and the COVID pandemic:

Family Counseling

https://rcchicago.org/contact-restorative-counseling/

ONE LAST SMILE
6-Yr-Old’s “You Can Be ABCs” Rap Is The Inspiration We All Need Today.

From A-Z, there are so many things you can be! Need some inspiration? Just click here

Happy Holidays

SOUTH LOOP STRONG- LION PRIDE

-Principal Shelton

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