New Chicago Public Schools CEO addresses COVID-19 safety efforts


CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools along with the Chicago Department of Public Health provided an update Thursday on its COVID-19 response efforts.

Dr. Allison Arwady announced a number of new measures aimed at strengthening its response to COVID-19, including the launch of a newly restructured COVID-19 Dashboard and a webpage for one-stop access to vital resources. 

Beginning Thursday, the Dashboard will provide updates on all reported cases of COVID-19 among CPS staff and students within 24-hours of report, and will include self-reports and positive COVID-19 results found through the district’s screening testing program.

The district also announced that it’s in the process of doubling the number of contact tracers as it continues to scale-up efforts, and that it has met its goal of deploying the opt-in COVID-19 screening testing program to all schools by the end of the month. 

“The health and safety of our CPS family is my top priority,” said new District CEO Pedro Martinez. “Our goal is to make sure our school community members are promptly informed of positive cases and know what next steps they need to take. The measures we’re announcing today will help further improve transparency and the lines of communication so that we can all move forward with confidence in the 2021-2022 school year and beyond.”  

Over the past month, the district has seen nearly 700 Covid cases in students and more than 200 cases among staff members.

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