An Updated Code of Conduct to Better Support Students
Dear CPS Parents and Families,
As CEO of Chicago Public Schools, we know the importance of maintaining safe, supportive schools. But to be effective, disciplinary practices must be equitable and contribute to the social-emotional development of our students. Since 2012, CPS has made a dedicated effort to reform disciplinary practices and better support students by working to align the district’s Student Code of Conduct (SCC) (Spanish, Polish) with our values. As a result, out-of-school suspension have been reduced by 76 percent and expulsions have dropped 59 percent -- a reduction seen among every demographic subgroup.
To continue this progress, we are revising the SCC to expand student supports while providing additional clarification on the use of disciplinary practices. These revisions build on the district’s restorative approach to discipline, promote equitable practices, and ensure all students have access to safe and supportive learning environments.
I am pleased to share some updates to the SCC for the coming school year — changes that will build on the district’s restorative approach to discipline, promote equitable practices, and ensure all students have access to safe and supportive learning environments.
These updates include:
This updated SCC is part of our commitment to strengthening the district’s restorative approach to discipline. Appropriate and equitable disciplinary practices help create safe and supportive learning environments that empower our students to develop the communication, relationship-building, and conflict-resolution skills they will need for success in school and in life.
I thank you for your support and wish you an enjoyable summer break. I look forward to kicking off another successful school year on September 4, 2018.
Janice K. Jackson, Ed.D
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
GoCPS High School Application Account Activation is Now Available
Eighth grade families, 2018 is a big moment as you will soon be deciding which high school your student wants to attend during the 2019-20 school year. The first official step in this process is to activate your application account on GoCPS, which is the online platform that you will use to submit all your applications.
Account activation opened on August 1, 2018 and will allow you to:
To begin the account activation process, visit this page: https://go.cps.edu
*For CPS students, account activation is only required for students applying to ninth grade.*
In order to activate your account, you will need to use the Activation Code from a letter sent home with your student at the end of the last school year. If you have misplaced or did not receive this code, please contact your child’s school counselor or the Office of Access and Enrollment (OAE) at 773-553-2060 from a telephone number on your student’s CPS student information file to have it reissued. The OAE call center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Activation Codes will also be distributed to students again shortly after the beginning of school in September 2018.
No matter who is activating the account, be sure to enter the name and address of the parent/guardian with whom the student resides as the primary parent/guardian. This address will be used when determining tiers and proximity boundaries, as well as attendance and overlay boundaries.
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If you have any questions about the activation process, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
School is canceled for Friday, Feb. 9 due to the weather. Please stay safe!
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