CICS Family Update - April 1, 2020

Written by Chicago International Charter School
01 April 2020

Dear CICS families, 

As you’ve likely heard, Governor Pritzker has extended Illinois’ Stay-at-Home Order through April 30, which also means that schools will continue with remote learning through at least the end of this month. If you haven't responded already, please complete your school’s device needs survey. The entire CICS team remains committed to our students and our families throughout this time so please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know if there is any additional support we can provide.

Housing Resources for Families - Apply by TONIGHT
If you are experiencing temporary financial hardships due to COVID-19, financial help is available, but you need to apply by TONIGHT. Last week, the City of Chicago Department of Housing announced the creation of the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant program to support Chicagoans experiencing housing instability. The fund will award 2,000 grants of $1,000 each to Chicagoans. Chicago residents experiencing temporary financial hardships due to COVID-19 can apply online or over the phone through community-based organizations before TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 1, at 11:59 p.m. Applicants will be required to demonstrate their economic challenges by showing a recent unemployment insurance claim or notification of employment status change (i.e. hour or pay reduction) as well as proof of household income at or below 60% of the area median income prior to employment changes.

CICS Now Offering Hot Meals for Pickup
We are pleased to share that CICS continues to provide breakfasts and lunches for pickup at all CICS elementary schools and will continue to do so throughout school closure, including during Spring Break. To increase variety, meal offerings have now been expanded to feature pre-cooked, warm-at-home hot options. Drive-through pickup is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at all CICS elementary schools or at most CPS schools from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are unable to travel to these sites, CPS also offers home delivery for families. Contact (773) 553-5437 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional info.

CICS Family Relief Fund
In response to COVID-19, we have launched the CICS Family Relief Fund to provide resources for students and families across our 14 campuses.  These resources range from basic family needs to technology and art supplies. Please encourage interested families to request relief here. 

CICS Spring Break -- April 6 through April 10
A reminder that next week is CICS’ Spring Break for both students and teachers, which means that schools will not be offering remote distance learning. Need help thinking of something to do? Here are 250 activity ideas for kids of all ages!

I am wishing safety and good health to each of you. 

Warmly, 

Elizabeth

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