Good Saturday Afternoon.
Just a few updates today:
I will be emailing the official school-wide Budlong Remote Learning Plan on Monday to all families. It will also be posted on our website then, too. Teachers may send grade level plans before then though. Supporting our students and families is a critical aspect of learning during the school closure, so the plan will list the various ways (academic, social and emotional, and technical) help will be made available to families and students.
Budlong is no longer a food distribution site. Please click here for the closest site to you: https://schoolinfo.cps.edu/mealdistributionsites/index.html?timePeriod=spring
Students are officially on spring break! As a start to the break, we find another opportunity to spread smiles and love - another video to share with our community. A special thanks to Ms. Blum for creating the video, Ms. Cuevas for organizing the project, and to all staff for being so #budlongbeautiful. Please enjoy!
Please see the email below*. CPS is consolidating food distribution sites, and after this week, we will no longer be distributing food. Please see the link within the letter to find the school closest to you that will be open during the break and then starting April 13th.
Additionally, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday announced a plan to give some struggling residents rent relief. The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program will use $2 million from the city’s Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund to give 2,000 Chicagoans $1,000 toward rent or mortgage payments.
Please click here for the following link to apply.
Applicants must show lost household income and be at or below 60 percent of the area median income, which is about $53,000 for a family of four. Here is a link for economic assistance from the city. The deadline is today.
*Click here or scroll down to "4/1 CPS Update: On Meal Distribution Plan for Spring Break and Beyond" for referenced email.
Good Evening. A few items to share:
* CPS announced that all CPS will participate in Remote Learning for the duration of the school closure. By declaring a remote learning plan for each school, Remote Learning Days, Remote Learning Planning Days, and Act of God Days count as actual student attendance days. All of these days count toward the minimum length of the school year and absolutely do not need to be made up.
* Budlong's Remote Learning Plan will be designed to help families give structure to their student's day, streamline communication between teacher and home, and keep learning expectations consistent throughout the school closure. We want all our students to be connected to Budlong staff and one another, so they can learn. The plan will be shared with the community the week of April 6.
* Meals continue to be available at Budlong between 9 - 1pm each weekday, at door 9 on the Foster Street side. 470 meal kits were distributed last week. This link also has information on Chicago Food Bank Lookup by Zip Code.
* Chromebooks on loan to date: 55. Please contact your student's teacher if you are in need of a device for Remote Learning.
* Counselor Chmiel is available for students. This is the link to her webpage:
https://budlongcounselingresources.weebly.com/counseling-corner.html and she can be reached at email@example.com
* Here is part 1 of the #Budlongbeautiful Rainbow Challenge:
http://budlong.cps.edu/ Please scroll down to see the video.
* MAP and IAR standardized tests have been cancelled for the 2019-20 school year.
* Please share my email with any Budlong families who are not on the email list, and ask that they email me so I can add them.
Please tell your students we miss them, and love getting the pictures and videos. It keeps us all connected.
Over the past week and a half, school personnel have prioritized contacting and communicating with all their students and families. To that end, Chromebook distribution started today. 35 Chromebooks were loaned out today and more are scheduled for tomorrow. If you or your student has not yet been in touch directly with at least one teacher, please do so via email, or dojo/remind tomorrow. Let me know if I can help.
Teachers are working on creative ways to teach and communicate with students during the learning process. Remote learning is a new challenge for all of us, but we are fortunate to be home to some very tech savvy staff members; they are putting together tutorials that will help everyone during this transition. Please stay tuned for more information from your student's teachers, District, and me.
Lunch staff has already distributed 320 meal boxes (3 breakfasts and 3 lunches per box) over the last three days. Pick up is from 9 -1, Monday - Friday, at door 9 on the Foster Street side.
For our eighth grade families, high school application results will be available March 27th. Please email Ms. Chmiel at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
And drum roll please.......the Budlong Student of the Week is eighth grader, Mylene Mendez. Please read why her teachers selected her to receive this recognition:
It is with great pleasure that the 8th grade team at Budlong Elementary is awarding Mylene Mendez the honor of Student of the Week. During these trying times, Mylene has continuously exemplified the Habits of Mind, Heart, and Work that embody what being #BudlongBeautiful is all about. Mylene has shown determination by completing all of her assigned work for all core academic subject areas and submitting the work virtually, a concept that is not only new to her but to all of us. She has shown perseverance by communicating with her teachers and working through challenges during times of confusion, rather than simply calling it quits. She has shown kindness, helpfulness, and heart by participating in weekly video conferences with her teacher, reaching out to other students to ensure their involvement, and remaining positive in her interactions with peers and staff alike. We are overjoyed to announce Mylene Mendez as our 8th grade Student of the Week!
Way to go, Mylene! We are all very proud of you.
I also want to share the inspiring work of Ms. Annette Bautista, a Budlong special education aide, and her son. They live in the neighborhood and are sewing masks for healthcare workers at Swedish! She also made some for our lunchroom and maintenance staff :)
Finally, thank you to those families participating in the #Budlongbeautiful Rainbow Challenge today. A video will be shared on our website, and sent out by teachers. And thank you to Ms. Crespo for putting together the video, and Ms. Salas for the song selection.
Have a good night.
Originally sent 3/23
As we move into week 2, we want to make sure all our students are able to connect with their classroom communities. In order to do so, we are starting some new things this week:
1. If your child needs a Chromebook to be able to do his/her school assignments, please let the teacher know. I have asked teachers to dojo/remind/email families who they already know are in need of a device. We will also be giving preference to those families who have more than one school-aged child in the home who is participating in e-learning. I will share more details, including an agreement distribution details soon.
2. Starting this week, every Wednesday, we will have the Budlongbeautiful Rainbow Challenge. This challenge asks our students to draw a rainbow, add a B or another Budlong symbol in the drawing, and hang in their windows for all to see. Thank you to Ms. Kritikos, PK teacher, for sharing this idea, and to one of her student's parents for adding that we can make an amazing #Budlongbeautiful rainbow trail :)
3. The Habits of heart, mind, and work are so important right now, and we are very proud of the commitment and compassion students are displaying. Teachers will be selecting Students of the Week who have exhibited these traits, from home. The first grade level up is 8th grade. Stay tuned for a mid-week announcement.
4. Some teachers have been videotaping read alouds of their favorite books, including chapter books. Starting this week, we will be sharing read alouds on our webpage for all students to enjoy. Be sure to check those out mid-week.
Please let me know if there is something I can help with.
Originally sent 3/20
Dear Budlong Families,
Even with the "Stay at Home" order issued by our Governor, to go into effect tomorrow evening, CPS will continue to distribute food from 9 - 1pm Monday through Friday. Please see the email below* from CPS.
*See "3/20 Update on CPS Closures" below for listed email. <CLICK HERE TO FIND 3/20 Update>
Originally sent 3/19
The Mayor has announced that CPS will remain closed through April 20. The return date for students is now April 21. Budlong teachers will be updating their lesson plans and will communicate the additional work and resources to their students and families directly.
While this move may seem extreme, it is one of many the city is putting forth toward curbing the spread of COVID-19. There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our children, and all of our residents.
Have a good night.
Originally sent 3/15
We recognize how difficult the school closure is on our students, families, and the entire school community. Keeping a routine and engaging in schoolwork will help our students cope during this unprecedented time. All school personnel are hard at work creating lessons and assignments for all students during the two week closure. Please expect correspondence from teachers tomorrow with details on assignments.
Please keep in mind:
* School is open tomorrow, but if your student will be absent, please email your student's teacher, as normal, to excuse the absence. Please note, other than students and school personnel, we will be limiting entry to the building, even to parents, tomorrow as a safety precaution.
* All after school programs tomorrow are cancelled, including Girls in the Game and Budlong After Care.
* Budlong, and all CPS, will be closed from 3/17-3/30. Please do not send your student to school.
* The building will be cleaned thoroughly during the closure.
* Healthy meals will be available to our students. Free food boxes that will contain three days of breakfast and lunches for every student in the household. All families will be able to pick up meals at their nearest CPS school beginning Tuesday, March 17, between 9 a.m and 1 p.m. daily. Lunchroom staff will prep, bag, and provide meals outside of the school building.
* All of the days during this initial closure March 17-30 will be considered Act of God Days and will not be made up.
* Friends of Budlong is standing by ready to help. You can contact FOB at email@example.com.
I will continue to send updates to keep everyone informed. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me with questions and concerns.
Dear CPS Parents, Families, and Staff,
Earlier today, Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot affirmed that we will not be closing schools in Chicago or Illinois. Under their guidance, we are developing plans to ensure the health and safety of our communities. We are writing to provide the latest updates on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
New CPS Guidance on Travel and Group Activities
To help prevent community spread of COVID-19, CPS has issued restrictions on both travel and group activities. This guidance will be available in different languages later this week.
All travel conducted on behalf of the district beyond city limits is canceled through spring break.
All travel on behalf of the district, including school-sanctioned trips beyond Chicago city limits, are canceled through the end of Spring Break (April 12). Additional guidance will be issued for post-spring break travel in the upcoming weeks.
We know that schools and parents may have entered into contracts for school-sanctioned domestic and international trips, and principals are encouraged to contact the School Support Center for guidance on how to assist parents with recovering funds from providers and assess options for reimbursement.
While no personal domestic travel restrictions are in place at this time, we encourage everyone to closely monitor CDC Travel Guidance for up-to-date travel restrictions and necessary health precautions to limit your exposure to COVID-19. If you or your travel companion(s) are at higher risk of severe illness, you should avoid all nonessential travel.
Our international travel guidelines remain the same. All international trips on behalf of the district are canceled.
Anyone who has traveled to a location, including airport layovers, with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 (Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notices) should stay home for 14 days after their return date. The district is providing a paid leave of absence to employees returning from a Level 2 or 3 location, and student absences will be excused.
If you return from travel and experience fever and respiratory symptoms, please contact your medical provider immediately.
We are limiting group activities and events. Sports will be suspended until further notice.
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced today that it has canceled its remaining winter State Series postseason tournaments, which include Boys Basketball, Scholastic Bowl, Drama & Group Interpretation, Music, Debate, and Journalism, over concerns related to COVID-19.
Essential school activities involving students and staff (i.e., lunch periods, recess, etc.) will proceed as normal. Non-essential activities (i.e., assemblies, pep rallies) or activities outside of the normal school day with more than 50 participants must be canceled or held virtually. In addition, group gatherings of fewer than 50 people must only be held if absolutely necessary.
After-school programming will continue as scheduled aligned to new guidelines on gatherings.
We are limiting visitors to CPS schools and facilities.
Effective immediately, principals will limit any non-essential visitors to CPS schools, and schools must suspend the use of all indoor spaces by community organizations until further notice. In addition, CPS staff will only travel between schools or offices if such travel is essential to their work.
Complete details on travel and group gathering restrictions being issued by CPS can be found here.
We are committed to providing updates to the CPS community.
We are glad to report that no additional students or staff from Vaughn Occupational High School have tested positive for COVID-19. Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) officials are continuing to test those who have shown symptoms of the virus, but this news is encouraging. All students and school staff from Vaughn, including clinicians, will remain self-quarantined until March 18, and we will continue to update you as testing proceeds. The district has also begun making food deliveries for families who lack transportation and will continue to provide other supports as needed.
Please be assured that if there is a positive case concerning an individual who has entered a CPS facility, CDPH will immediately notify our Chief Health Officer, and the district will immediately reach out to the school community with next steps. The best measures you can take at this time is to ensure your emergency contact information is up to date with your school and stay informed about how to keep you and your family healthy. Please refer to the trusted resources linked in the next section of this email.
Rely on trusted information.
As the situation with COVID-19 develops, CPS will continue issuing email updates. We’ve also developed an FAQ for students, families, and staff. For the most reliable information about COVID-19, please visit:
We thank you for your continued patience and support as we work to ensure that all in our CPS family remain safe and healthy during this challenging time.
Janice K. Jackson, EdD Kenneth Fox, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer Chief Health Officer
Chicago Public Schools Chicago Public Schools
Estimados padres, familias y personal de CPS:
Hoy durante el día, el gobernador Pritzker y la alcaldesa Lightfoot confirmaron que no cerraremos las escuelas en Chicago o Illinois. Bajo su supervisión, estamos creando planes para asegurar la salud y la seguridad de nuestras comunidades. Por medio de esta carta, le brindamos información actualizada sobre la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) en las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago (CPS).
Nuevas directrices para los viajes y las actividades en grupo
Para ayudar a prevenir la propagación del COVID-19 en la comunidad, CPS ha impuesto restricciones tanto a los viajes como a las actividades en grupo.
Todos los viajes del distrito, a cualquier lugar fuera de la ciudad, han sido cancelados hasta después de las vacaciones de primavera.
Todos los viajes del distrito, incluyendo los viajes autorizados a cualquier lugar fuera de la ciudad de Chicago, han sido cancelados hasta que se terminen las vacaciones de primavera (12 de abril). En las próximas semanas se publicarán directrices adicionales para los viajes que se realizarán después de las vacaciones de primavera.
Sabemos que las escuelas y los padres pueden haber firmado contratos para viajes nacionales e internacionales que han sido autorizados por la escuela. Por lo tanto, alentamos a los directores a comunicarse con el Centro de Apoyo Escolar (School Support Center) para obtener información de cómo ayudar a los padres a recuperar los fondos de los proveedores y a evaluar las opciones de reembolso.
Si bien no hay restricciones para los viajes nacionales en este momento, recomendamos que todos estén muy pendientes de las guías de viajes del CDC para que se informen de las nuevas restricciones de viaje y de las precauciones de salud necesarias para limitar su exposición al COVID-19. Si usted o su(s) compañero(s) de viaje corren un mayor riesgo de padecer una enfermedad grave, deben evitar todos los viajes no esenciales.
Nuestras directrices de viajes internacionales siguen siendo las mismas. Todos los viajes internacionales autorizados por el distrito han sido cancelados.
Cualquier persona que haya viajado a un lugar, incluidas las escalas en aeropuertos, con una gran transmisión comunitaria del COVID-19 (avisos de salud para viajes de nivel 2 o 3) debe permanecer en su casa por 14 días después de su fecha de regreso. El distrito ofrecerá un permiso de ausencia laboral remunerado a los empleados que regresen de un lugar de nivel 2 o 3, y las ausencias de los estudiantes serán justificadas.
Si regresa de un viaje y tiene fiebre y síntomas respiratorios, contacte a su proveedor médico inmediatamente.
Estamos limitando el número de actividades y eventos en grupo. Las actividades deportivas serán suspendidas hasta nuevo aviso.
La Asociación de Escuelas Secundarias de Illinois (IHSA, por sus siglas en inglés) hoy anunció que ha cancelado el resto de los torneos de postemporada de la serie estatal de invierno debido a las preocupaciones relacionadas con el COVID-19. Estos torneos incluyen baloncesto de niños, Scholastic Bowl, drama e interpretación en grupo, música, debate y periodismo.
Las actividades escolares básicas de los estudiantes y del personal (es decir, períodos de almuerzo, recreo, etc.) se llevarán a cabo de manera habitual. Las actividades no esenciales (como, las reuniones entre los maestros y los estudiantes, los eventos para animar a los estudiantes (pep rallies)) o actividades fuera de la jornada escolar normal con más de 50 participantes se deben cancelar o realizarse virtualmente. Además, las reuniones en grupos con menos de 50 personas solo deben realizarse si es absolutamente necesario.
Los programas extracurriculares continuarán según lo previsto, de acuerdo con las nuevas directrices sobre las reuniones.
Estamos limitando el número de personas que visitan las escuelas y las instalaciones de CPS.
Los directores prohibirán la entrada de cualquier visitante no esencial a las escuelas de CPS, y las escuelas deben prohibir el uso de todos los espacios interiores de las organizaciones comunitarias hasta nuevo aviso. Esta restricción será válida inmediatamente. Además, el personal de las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago solo viajará a otras escuelas u oficinas, si dicho viaje es esencial para su trabajo.
Los detalles completos sobre las restricciones de los viajes y de las reuniones que CPS ha publicado se pueden encontrar aquí.
Nos comprometemos a brindar información actualizada a la comunidad de CPS.
Nos complace informarle que ningún otro estudiante o personal de la Escuela Secundaria Vaughn han obtenido resultados positivos en la prueba para detectar el COVID-19. Los funcionarios del Departamento de Salud Pública de Chicago (CDPH, por sus siglas en inglés) continúan examinando a aquellos que han mostrado síntomas del virus, pero éstas son buenas noticias. Todos los estudiantes y el personal de la escuela Vaughn, incluyendo los médicos, permanecerán en auto cuarentena hasta el 18 de marzo. Los mantendremos informados a medida que se realicen las pruebas. El distrito también ha comenzado a hacer entregas de alimentos para las familias que no tienen acceso a cualquier tipo de transporte, y seguirá brindando otros tipos de apoyo según sea necesario.
Tenga en cuenta que si hay un caso positivo de un individuo que haya ingresado a una instalación de CPS, el CDPH notificará inmediatamente a nuestro Jefe de Salud, y el distrito se comunicará inmediatamente con la comunidad escolar para recomendarle las siguientes medidas a tomar. Las mejores medidas que puede tomar en este momento es asegurarse de que haya actualizado su información de contacto de emergencia en la escuela. También es recomendable que se mantenga informado sobre las maneras de cómo mantener a usted y a su familia saludable. Por favor, consulte los recursos fiables enlazados en la siguiente sección de este correo electrónico.
Lea información fiable.
A medida que la situación con el COVID-19 se vaya desarrollando, CPS seguirá enviando información actualizada vía correo electrónico. También hemos creado un documento con preguntas comunes para los estudiantes, las familias y el personal. Para leer información más fiable sobre el COVID-10, visite:
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Escuelas Públicas de Chicago
Dear CPS Parents, Families, and Staff,
We are writing to provide the latest updates on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) officials have continued testing Vaughn students and staff who have shown symptoms of COVID-19, and thankfully, there are still no positive results. All students and school staff, including clinicians, remain self-quarantined until March 18. I know this situation is stressful, and I want to sincerely thank each of you for your patience and support of the Vaughn community during this time.
Earlier today, the district was made aware that a CPS parent contracted COVID-19 while traveling abroad. This individual did not enter any CPS schools and CDPH is not recommending closure at this time. This situation would be classified as a secondary exposure for the students and staff at the school, and it’s important to note that exposure to COVID-19 does not necessarily mean transmission.
The family members who had direct contact with the diagnosed individual are now under self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period. We wish their family well and hope for a speedy recovery.
As the situation develops, let’s continue to treat everyone in the CPS family with kindness and respect. As a district, we must create an environment that empowers people to come forward and report if they’re ill. Stigmatizing COVID-19 will only make us more anxious and ensure community spread.
In close consultation with CDPH, we are developing a plan of action should other members of any school community be diagnosed with COVID-19, and we will be sharing details as soon as possible. This week, we will also share a live FAQ with responses to questions that we have received in the past week from families and staff.
I also want to clarify a few points of confusion that I have been hearing and seeing on social media.
If you need help locating medical care, please reach out to the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Healthy CPS Hotline 773-553-KIDS (5437). If you or your child has a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and did not have direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person, please contact your primary care provider. If you are concerned that you or your child have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact the CDPH at email@example.com or call 312-746-4835.
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
Estimados padres, familias y personal de CPS:
Le ponemos al día sobre la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) en las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago. Los funcionarios del Departamento de Salud Pública de Chicago (CDPH, por sus siglas en inglés) continuaron examinando a los estudiantes y al personal de la escuela Vaughn que mostraron síntomas del COVID-19. Nos complace informarle que aún no hay individuos que han obtenido resultados positivos en las pruebas. Todos los estudiantes y el personal escolar, incluyendo los clínicos, permanecerán en auto cuarentena hasta el 18 de marzo. Sé que esta situación es estresante, y quiero agradecerle sinceramente por su paciencia y su apoyo a la comunidad de Vaughn durante este tiempo.
Hoy durante la mañana, el distrito se enteró de que un padre de familia de CPS contrajo el COVID-19 durante un viaje al extranjero. Este individuo no ingresó a ninguna instalación de la escuela CPS, y el CDPH no recomienda cerrar la escuela por el momento. Esta situación se clasificaría como una exposición secundaria para los estudiantes y el personal de la escuela, y es importante señalar que al exponerse al COVID-19 no quiere decir que se transmitirá.
Los miembros de la familia que tuvieron contacto directo con el individuo diagnosticado permanecen ahora en auto cuarentena por un período recomendado de 14 días. Le deseamos a la familia del individuo lo mejor y una pronta recuperación.
A medida que se vaya desarrollando la situación, continuemos tratando a todos los miembros de la familia de CPS con amabilidad y respeto. Como distrito, debemos crear un entorno que le permita a la gente informar sobre su condición de salud. Estigmatizar al COVID-19 sólo nos hará más ansiosos y propagará el virus a la comunidad.
Tras consultar de manera exhaustiva con el CDPH, estamos desarrollando un plan de acción en caso de que otros miembros de cualquier comunidad escolar contraigan el COVID-19. Y compartiremos los detalles tan pronto como sea posible. Esta semana, también compartiremos un documento con preguntas comunes (FAQ) que nos han hecho las familias y el personal en la última semana.
También quiero aclarar algunos puntos de confusión que he estado escuchando y viendo en los redes sociales.
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Escuelas Públicas de Chicago
Good Afternoon. I will continue to share COVID-19 updates from the District. I also want to share how we are handling things here at Budlong. Please know:
Again, I cannot underscore the importance of communication during this time. Do not hesitate to contact me directly.
The March 20th dance has been cancelled. Please see the email below from FOB President, Katie Wales:
Dear Budlong Families,
Friends of Budlong, in consultation with Principal Nakayama, has made the difficult decision to cancel our Family Dance next Friday, March 20. It was a tough call, but one we feel compelled to make in order to be responsive, responsible, and to protect our Budlong community while placing the greater good first.
We hope to reschedule the Family Dance for a later date when the COVID-19 outbreak subsides. Please stay tuned. We will be reaching out individually to those of you who have already purchased your tickets.
Thank you for your understanding and support. Please don't hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.
Dear Budlong Families,
The safety of our children is always our top priority, which is why I must inform you of a situation that has recently come to light. There has been an allegation made that one of our non-teaching staff members engaged improperly with a student. The allegation does not involve sexual misconduct. An investigation is being conducted by the Office of Student Protections and Title IX (OSP), and this individual has been blocked from working in CPS schools. The family of the impacted student has been notified and supports are available to the student.
Based on the information learned during the OSP’s investigation, a final determination will be made regarding whether it is appropriate for this individual to return to Budlong. We will update the school community once the investigation is completed.
Please know that we are taking this situation seriously, and we remain committed to providing your children with a safe, positive learning environment where they can reach their full potential. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns. You can also contact the OSP at 773-535-4400.
Naomi Nakayama, Principal
Budlong Elementary School
Principal Naomi Nakayama