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CPS Proposes Amended School Calendar and Budget

Date: June 6, 2019 Author: Daniel Gomez Categories: News, Principal's Message

Dear CPS Parents and Families,
As part of the agreement to end the Chicago Teachers Union strike, CPS will make up five of the 11 school days missed due to the teachers’ strike, and today we are reaching out to notify you of the make-up dates that have been proposed.
The make-up days must be scheduled on days when teachers and CTU staff would not otherwise be paid, which severely limited the district’s scheduling options. We were also mindful of major academic milestones, including spring Advanced Placement exams, and did not want our school year to extend significantly into summer vacations, which would further impact families.

 

The following proposed make-up days are spaced over a series of dates during the school year that were not previously scheduled as student attendance days, as well as a small number of additional dates at the end of the school year:
  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019
  • Thursday, January 2, 2020
  • Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020 (previously scheduled as a School Improvement Day for staff, which has been moved to June 19)
  • Thursday, June 18, 2020 (previously scheduled as a School Improvement Day for staff, which has been moved to June 22)
We understand that changes to the school calendar can be challenging for families, and we apologize for the inconvenience. The proposed changes to the 2019–20 school calendar will be presented to the Chicago Board of Education for approval at the November 20, 2019 meeting.
Along with the changes to our school schedule, CPS has also released an amended budget for the 2019–20 school year. Our budget now includes additional revenue and cost savings that will help support the labor agreements reached with our teachers and support staff, and provide our students with the supports and resources they need to reach their full potential. For additional details on the amended budget, please visit cps.edu/budget.
I want to thank all of our parents and families for your extraordinary patience over the past few weeks. Like many parents, I am happy our children are back in school where they can focus their energy on earning a high-quality education that will set them up for success in college, career, and life. CPS is a district on the rise, and I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish together.
Sincerely,
Janice K. Jackson, EdD          LaTanya D. McDade
Chief Executive Officer          Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools         Chicago Public Schools