Meal pickup and additional resources during school closure

March 15, 2020

Dear CICS families,

I am writing to follow up with additional details regarding access to student meals during the school closure, as well as provide information from the Chicago Parks District on additional resources for families needing childcare options.

In partnership with our food service provider, Aramark, CICS will have free ‘grab and go’ lunch + breakfast for the following day available for pickup 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily for every child under age 18 in your household. There is no student ID or proof of address required to receive these meals. All meals will be distributed outside of the school building by food service staff; no students or family members will be permitted to enter the building.

Monday, March 16

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: All CICS campuses (NOTE: You can go to whichever CICS campus is most convenient for you; you do not need to pick up meals from the campus you attend. Go to https://www.chicagointl.org/campuses for a map and complete list of CICS campuses.)

Tuesday, March 17 through March 30

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: All CICS elementary schools. See below for addresses and pickup locations. (NOTE: For families with high school students, the list below indicates which elementary school is the closest pickup.)

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, you may also visit any CPS school from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. if it’s more convenient. CPS will provide free food boxes that contain three days of breakfasts and lunches for every student in the household. There is no student ID or proof of address required to receive these meals. Go to https://schoolinfo.cps.edu/schoollocatorto find your nearest CPS school.

CICS Meal Pickup Locations weekdays beginning Tuesday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Should school closure extend beyond March 30, we will share updated guidance for meal pickup. We hope these meal pickup options help alleviate some of the burden that school closure places on our families. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 312-651-5000 if you have questions about meal pickup throughout the closure.

Chicago Park District Resources for Childcare

While we encourage everyone to stay home during the school closure, we recognize that the reality of our working families may not make that possible for everyone. Please see the note below from the Chicago Park District regarding keeping their facilities open for families: 

The Chicago Department of Public Health advises everyone to stay home. If that is not an option, all Chicago parks and park fieldhouses, with the exception of our smallest facilities and CPS school parks, will remain open during normal operating hours for basic needs (i.e. washrooms and shelter).

In response to Chicago schools closing, the District will provide enhanced programming at 18 designated parks (see map below for exact locations). Families in need of these services can expect age-appropriate activities for students. It is important to note, the District must limit capacity at each location to 250 in order to combat the community spread of COVID-19. 

We will continue to share information and resources with our families as it becomes available, and will post the most updated information on our website at www.chicagointl.org. If you have questions or need additional support, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our main office at 312-651-5000. You will receive a response within 24 hours.

Thank you,


Elizabeth Shaw

CEO

Chicago International Charter School

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