100K electronic devices going to CPS students for remote learning beginning April 13

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CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools students stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic will begin learning remotely on April 13.

“We will not allow this crisis to be an obstacle to our students’ future and their dreams particular as it pertains to CPS. You all know that our kids are achieving despite a lot of odds,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday.

Over 100,000 electronic devices will be distributed to CPS students to assist with remote learning. For more information, parents should go to CPS.edu/remotelearning.

“Remote learning plans will be as diverse as the school communities here in Chicago,” said CPS CEO Janice Jackson said. “Each principal will work with their staff of teachers to create an approach that meet the unique needs of that students, family, staff.”

The pandemic prompted Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker to close all schools statewide beginning March 17. Schools in the state will remain closed through at least April 7, and CPS plans to stay closed through April 20. It’s possible some school years will extend into the summer.

For many parents and guardians, remote learning will soon become another burden during the COVID-19 crisis. Many adults who are working from home will now have to monitor their kid’s learning. Jackson — who is also a CPS parent — said Monday she understands.

“This work is meant to enhance what has already occurred this year for our students,” she said. “Any student who has difficulty completing an assignment because of access conceptual understanding, etcetera, will have an opportunity to make that up when school resumes with their certified educators in front of them. We’re here to support. Parents, keep calm. We know it’s a lot, but you can do it.”

Meanwhile, City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) implemented remote learning and shifted classes for its more than 30,000 credit-earning students online. As of Monday, the community college system went from 10 percent of credit class sections being taught fully online to 92 percent of credit class sections being taught fully online.

On April 13, City Colleges’ free adult education courses, including GED and English as a Second Language, will start to be offered via distance learning. City Colleges also offers loaner laptops for adult education students who can apply here.

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