Dear CPS Parents and Families,
As part of our efforts to strengthen our approach to keeping children safe, we are partnering with the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center to support students and help prevent sexual abuse. Our new partnership will help create safer and more responsive school environments by training Chicago Public Schools (CPS) employees on signs of abuse, connecting students with therapeutic resources, and leveraging additional partnerships to help protect Chicago’s students.
Nothing is more important to CPS than keeping your children safe. While we have continuously strengthened critical protections in recent years, we are committed to doing everything possible to create safe and supportive school environments, and providing you with regular updates as we move forward with the comprehensive Plan of Action (bit.ly/cpsplanofaction) to better protect students.
We are also taking a look at the whole system to ensure we’re supporting students effectively. Assistant U.S. Attorney and Illinois Executive Inspector General Maggie Hickey is conducting a top-to-bottom review of district policies and procedures to identify any other issues that need to be addressed. We expect that Ms. Hickey will release a preliminary set of recommendations in August, and we will work closely with her to implement them throughout the summer.
We also recently announced additional steps to strengthen investigations, background checks, Board policies, and communication with families:
Frank M. Clark
Chicago Board of Education
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
CPS Letter RE: Protecting Students in Spanish and English