Phase 2 Reopening on March 1st for K-5th grade Families Only

South Loop Families,

When I pause and think about the last days our South Loop school buildings were filled with the bustling activity of our students, I am in awe of all that has happened since.  From the initial days of e-learning and the scary and unknown pandemic, to a summer of turbulence and riots in our city, a return to remote learning, the presidential election and the fight over the return to in-person learning, I am so proud of the way this school community has stuck together, supported one another, and showed our lion P.R.I.D.E.  I am grateful to our staff, our parents, and our students for all they have accomplished since last March, for all the hurdles they have overcome, and for the resilience and grace they have shown through challenging moments.  

This Monday marks yet another shift for us as we prepare to welcome students back to the Primary building.  As with any new phase, there are nerves and there may be some apprehension.  There is also an excitement to have our teachers back in the buildings and to welcome our students back to their school while continuing to support those who have opted to continue learning from home.  

We know the return to school has been a divisive topic, but I believe it is our role as public school educators to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for our students, and that is what we have worked to prepare.  I look forward to continuing to partner with you at South Loop, and I know that by working together, by communicating with one another and supporting one another, we can make this return to in-person learning and continuation of remote learning successful.  

6th – 8th grade Hybrid students will report on Monday, March 8th. 
8:00 am – 3:00 pm – Kdg -3rd grade reports to 1212 S Plymouth Court 
8:30 am – 3:30 pm – 4th -5th grade reports to 1601 S Dearborn 
Wednesdays are remote learning days for all kdg -8th grade students. 

Traffic Pattern for Primary and Middle School Buildings.

Primary Building:

Middle School Building:

Report to your assigned door. 
Students will enter and exit the building at designated entry/exit locations: Primary parents (Kdg- 4th ) must line up at their child’s designated entry/exit location and remain with their child until a temperature check has been completed .

Primary Building Designated Doors
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 –

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.

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. 

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

5 additional face mask 
Personal hand sanitizer
Personal sanitizing wipes

Laundry basket or large container 
Desk shield
Face shield

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

Specials Schedules:
Hybrid Specials Schedule
4th-8th Hybrid Schedule


Illinois Department of Public Health FAQ for Schools:

Full Hybrid Plan :
Hybrid At-a-Glance