Planning for Friday

Family Engagement & Organizing | 03/30/2016

Scott McDonald
Regional Digital Strategist

Scott manages digital communications strategy and implementation for Stand Illinois and Oregon.

On Friday, April 1, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members are set to engage in a one-day walkout. Many Chicago families don’t have the option of keeping their kids at home or to attend a non-school related event that day. Yesterday, in light of the strike news, CPS announced it will open more than 250 contingency sites across Chicago, helping ensure that CPS students are in safe environments where they will be fed and engaged.

CPS students can spend the day at one of the sites on Friday while CTU teachers strike. All programs are free for students already enrolled in CPS.

Parents can enter their home address here to find the closest site. Students will be provided breakfast and lunch, and the CTA is offering free transportation for students on Friday as well.

A few key Frequently Asked Questions are available here via CPS. For a full rundown on FAQs, please visit the CPS website. Additional information can be found in this helpful Sun-Times article.

Frequently Asked Questions

What site will my child attend?

To determine the options available for your child, start by entering your address into the Student Site Locator Tool. The Locator Tool will provide you with an elementary and high school option, as well as Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library sites within a similar area.

If you choose a CPS school site, please use the tool to pre-register your student(s) for the day - and that you’re choosing the school option that matches your student’s grade level.

For additional assistance, you can dial 311. Please have your address ready when you call.

What time will the sites be open from and to?

  • CPS schools and Chicago Park District sites will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Chicago Public Library sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Is there a list of all April 1 CPS school locations available?

Yes. You can view or download the list of all April 1 CPS school locations by clicking the links below:

List of Schools (XLS)

List of Schools (PDF)

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