CPS to require face masks, temperature checks when school resumes next fall

A draft of new guidelines outlines what school might look like if it resumes in person in the fall.

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The closing of CPS schools has long-lasting effects on students and should lead to hard conversations about the cost of closing and disinvesting in public schools.

Roswell B. Mason Elementary School on the South Side. If school resumes in person, in the fall, there will be some changes, according to a draft of Chicago Public Schools guidelines.

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Chicago Public Schools students, teachers and staff members will be required to wear face coverings in school buildings and submit to daily temperature checks should classes resume in person in the fall, new health and safety guidelines show.

A final draft of CPS’ guidelines is still in the works, according to a statement from the district, but a preview released Friday on social media offers students, teachers and parents a glimpse of what school could look like in September:

  • Everyone will be required to wear face coverings. Schools will be given a limited amount of coverings for students and staff members at the beginning of the year.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available throughout all CPS buildings.
  • Strict cleaning and disinfection rules will be in place.
  • Students and staff members will receive temperature checks every day.

The district said it would consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s established guidelines when finalizing its own regulations.

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“A school district as large and complex as ours requires thorough guidelines that account for the wide variety of needs in our schools,” the statement said, “and we are working through those scenarios so that in the weeks ahead we can present you with draft guidelines for reopening school buildings.”

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