Chicago Police Department


Charlie Beck                                     Anthony Guglielmi

Interim Superintendent                    Chief Communications Officer


For Immediate Release                                                                           Contact: Office of Communications

March 24, 2020                                                                                                                           312-745-6110


More than 12,000 masks, hand sanitizers, cleaning supplies have been delivered to police districts; new social distancing protocols implemented at roll calls 

CHICAGO – Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck and Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Richard Ford II today joined Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady to announce the latest efforts to keep first responders safe and healthy to ensure they can continue to serve Chicago’s residents.  

“Our most important responsibility is to keep Chicago safe during this pandemic,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck. “In order to protect the city, we have to ensure that our police officers and firefighters remain physically and emotionally healthy so they can continue to serve and protect our neighborhoods. Working with Dr. Arwady, CPD has developed a set of protocols to keep our facilities clean and safe. Officers have also been given specific instructions for safely interacting with people throughout their tours of duty.” 

More than 12,000 kits of infection control and protective gear have been distributed to police districts and Chicago police officers across the city. The protective gear kits were assembled and prepared over the past week by Department recruits who had training suspended due to COVID-19. These kits include masks, gloves, gowns and sanitizer wipes for officers in the field. Additionally, more than 15,000 bottles of hand sanitizer have been distributed to officers and will continue to be distributed regularly. 

To build on these efforts, several public, private and community organizations have stepped up to support first responders in their efforts to safeguard Chicago communities. Organizations have donated cleaning supplies and protective gear to local police districts to supplement the Department’s resources.

“I want to thank the City for continuing to ensure Chicago’s firefighters, paramedics and first responders have the protective equipment and resources they need to keep our residents safe,” said Fire Commissioner Ford II. “While this pandemic is unlike anything that our City has ever faced, we are prepared, and we are ready to provide the service and care that Chicagoans have grown to expect.”

The Chicago Fire Department has worked closely with CDPH to ensure all firefighters and paramedics responding to emergency calls have been provided with personal protective equipment – or PPE – specially designated to keep them safe during this time. Furthermore, the Department has implemented training protocols for CFD personnel on how to respond to emergency calls where there is a chance that disease transmission is possible. And as a precaution, these training videos and protocols have been made available across the Department for all fire and EMT personnel.

“Our first responders are invaluable to our city and we want to make sure they are healthy as they work to keep us safe,” said CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady.  “In addition to making sure they have the PPE they need, we are reminding them of the science-based recommendations like social distancing, hand washing, and staying home when they are sick”

Following guidance from public health experts, CPD and CFD have implemented new social distancing protocols at roll calls to better minimize the risk of transmission among members by ensuring limiting groups to no more than 10 individuals at a time and holding roll calls outside. CDPH continues to
work closely with the Police and Fire Department to ensure districts and fire houses continue to receive the resources and support they need in addition to their protective equipment so that they can continue to serve and protect Chicago’s residents.  

For more information regarding the City of Chicago’s response to COVID-19, please visit chicago.gov/coronavirus


Join SBA, SCORE, and Better Business Bureau of Chicago & Northern Illinois for a free webinar

COVID-19: Guidance for Small Businesses sba.gov/coronavirus

Join SBA, SCORE, and Better Business Bureau of Chicago & Northern Illinois for a free webinar addressing:

  • SBA’s low-interest disaster loans for small businesses that have suffered economic injury due to the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Free phone and virtual counseling with SCORE mentors to address management questions and other recovery strategies;
  • Scams targeting small business owners and how to protect yourself.

Tuesday, March 31, 1 p.m. CT

Register now

More online training

All Illinois small businesses can now apply for low-interest disaster loans to help offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois District Office will host free webinars as long as there is demand covering:

  • Eligibility
  • Use of proceeds
  • Terms
  • Filing requirements
  • Additional small business resources

Choose the date and time most convenient for you. All events listed in Central Time. Click the link to register now.

Monday, March 30, 1 p.m. (Chinese/Mandarin)

Monday, March 30, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, March 31, 3 p.m.

More webinars will be announced soon! Watch your email for future events.

SBA disaster loans: Frequently-asked questions

  • My business just started recently. Am I eligible?

There is no minimum time that a business must have been open, but you must demonstrate that the disaster caused economic injury.

  • What’s the minimum credit score?

Credit score is considered, but our underwriters use a number of factors in evaluating applications. Check your credit report to make sure it’s accurate.

  • Where do I ask for how much money I want?

There is a blank narrative section on the loan application where you can indicate how much you would like, but SBA will make a determination based on your past sales and future projections. If you’re approved, there will be an opportunity to request more funds later if needed.

  • What if I own more than one business? What if my business has locations in more than one state?

Apply in the state where your headquarters or primary location is. Additionally, if you have two similar businesses, apply together. If you have two different businesses – say, a restaurant and a staffing company — apply separately.

  • What collateral/personal guarantee is required?

Personal guarantees are required. If collateral is available, it must be offered for loans over $25,000, but a lack of collateral isn’t a reason for a loan to be denied. Real estate is the preferred form of collateral, but machinery, equipment, and inventory will also be accepted.

Apply now

Do you have other questions? Email  or call (312) 353-4528 to speak to an Illinois District Office team member.

Stay updated

Visit sba.gov/coronavirus for updates on the loan program, guidance for businesses and employers, and other SBA resources.

Follow @SBA_Illinois on Twitter.

Need to talk to a small business coach or SBA team member? Visit sba.gov/local-assistance to find a resource near you, or e-mail questions to .

Remote Learning Begins April 13, 2020 / El aprendizaje a distancia comienza a partir del 13 de abril de 2020



Remote Learning Begins April 13, 2020

Dear CPS Families and Supporters,
Today, the district is announcing a Pre-K–12 remote learning plan as part of our response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. While this plan will not replace the classroom learning experience or completely bridge the digital divide that exists in our city, it is a full-throttle effort from the district to empower our educators and provide them with the resources they need to engage students in high-quality learning opportunities while schools are closed. 
This plan is not a one-size-fits-all approach—every school community is different, and each school will be notifying families of their plans by April 6, and in alignment with new guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, remote learning plans will begin April 13, following our scheduled spring break. A “Remote Learning for Parents” document will be available later today at www.cps.edu/remotelearning.
Remote learning will only improve a student’s academic standing.
Students will be offered both digital and non-digital learning options, as well as dedicated “office hours,” where students and families can receive support from teachers via Google Meet, phone, or email. While students are expected to complete assignments and schools are able to grade work, grades will be counted only if they improve a student’s grade and will not negatively impact any student’s academic standing. Students who do not engage in academic work can be issued an incomplete and will be expected to make up incomplete assignments following the remote learning period.


The district will be distributing more than 100,000 devices to narrow the digital divide.
We recognize that a significant digital divide exists in our city and throughout the country, and schools will ensure that families who lack access to technology can utilize printed materials that will be created by the district. And while we are taking steps to help ensure instructional resources exist in a variety of formats, we are also taking seriously our responsibility to help narrow that digital divide. Utilizing socioeconomic data and hardship indicators, and working in close collaboration with our school principals, the district will be distributing 65,000 school-based Chromebooks, laptops and iPads; 37,000 new devices; and additional devices through potential philanthropic contributions. In total, we will distribute more than 100,000 devices to families in the weeks ahead to ensure our students have significantly more access to electronic learning resources.
Remote learning will begin Monday, April 13 and remain in place until schools reopen—which is currently scheduled for Tuesday, April 21. However, should the need arise, we designed our remote learning plan to support our students’ academic progress if the closure is extended further. 
The road ahead is uncharted territory for all of us, but we could not ask for a more dedicated and talented group of educators to stand beside as we blaze this new trail. We are fully prepared to support our principals and educators as they make plans to educate our students remotely, and we are confident our remote learning plan provides the framework and tools for our teachers to succeed.
Schools will share detailed information about their remote learning plans with families prior to the start of spring break on Monday, April 6. In the meantime, enrichment resources for students are available at www.cps.edu/remotelearning. CPS will update these resources every two weeks. 
We want to thank everyone for their patience as we flesh out our response to this public health emergency, and we promise to continue updating all CPS stakeholders as decisions are made and new resources become available. There are many outstanding questions left to be addressed including graduation, college entry, grade promotion, and admission to selective-enrollment schools. Our commitment to you is that we will be transparent and continue providing regular updates. 
We thank you for your continued support during this challenging time and hope all in our CPS community remain healthy and safe. Please remember to stay at home and practice social distancing whenever you are out. This is how we will achieve what we all want, which is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and see our students and staff return to school as quickly as possible. 


Janice K. Jackson, EdD LaTanya D. McDade
Chief Executive Officer Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools Chicago Public Schools 

El aprendizaje a distancia comienza a partir del 13 de abril de 2020

Estimadas Familias de CPS y personas de apoyo:
Hoy, el distrito anunciará un plan de aprendizaje a distancia para los estudiantes de pre-kínder al 12.º grado, con el fin de responder a la emergencia de salud pública del COVID-19. Este plan no reemplazará la experiencia de aprendizaje en el aula ni cerrará completamente la brecha digital que existe en nuestra ciudad. Sin embargo, es un esfuerzo completo del distrito para empoderar a nuestros educadores y para proporcionarles los recursos necesarios a fin de mantener la participación estudiantil en oportunidades educativas de buena calidad durante el cierre de las escuelas. 
Este plan no es un enfoque único, puesto que cada comunidad escolar es diferente. Las escuelas de CPS les informarán a las familias sobre sus planes antes del 6 de abril. Y en seguimiento a las nuevas directrices de la Junta de Educación del Estado de Illinois (Illinois State Board of Education), los planes del aprendizaje a distancia comenzarán el 13 de abril, después de nuestras vacaciones de primavera programadas. Un documento sobre “El aprendizaje a distancia para los padres” estárá disponible hoy en www.cps.edu/remotelearning.
El aprendizaje a distancia solo mejorará el rendimiento académico de los estudiantes
A los estudiantes se les ofrecerán opciones de aprendizaje tanto digitales como no digitales, así como también “horas de oficina”, en las que los estudiantes y las familias pueden recibir apoyo de los maestros a través de Google Meet, teléfono o correo electrónico. Se espera que los estudiantes completen sus tareas y que las escuelas evalúen los trabajos escolares. Sin embargo, las calificaciones se contarán solo si éstas mejoran su promedio final y si no afectan negativamente su situación académica. Los estudiantes que no realizan los trabajos académicos, se les marcara a éstos como “incompleto”. A los estudiantes se les exigirán a que recuperen las tareas incompletas después del período del aprendizaje a distancia.
El distrito distribuirá más de 100,000 dispositivos para reducir la brecha digital.
Reconocemos que existe una gran brecha digital en nuestra ciudad y en todo el país, y las escuelas se asegurarán de que las familias que carecen de acceso a la tecnología puedan utilizar los materiales impresos creados por el distrito. Y mientras tomamos medidas para garantizar que los recursos educativos estén disponibles en una variedad de formatos, también tomamos seriamente nuestra responsabilidad de ayudar a reducir esa brecha digital. Por lo tanto, el distrito distribuirá 65,000 computadoras portátiles Chromebook, otro tipo de computadoras portátiles y iPads; 37,000 dispositivos nuevos; y dispositivos adicionales adquiridos con posibles contribuciones filantrópicas. Lograremos esta distribución utilizando datos socioeconómicos e índices de dificultad económica y trabajando en estrecha colaboración con nuestros directores escolares. En las próximas semanas, en total distribuiremos más de 100,000 dispositivos a las familias, con el fin de garantizar que nuestros estudiantes tengan mucho más acceso a los recursos electrónicos educativos. 
Se implementará el aprendizaje a distancia a partir del lunes 13 de abril hasta que se reanuden las clases, que actualmente está programada para el martes 21 de abril. Sin embargo, hemos diseñado este plan de manera que nos permita continuar apoyando el progreso académico de nuestros estudiantes en caso de que se prolongara el cierre de las escuelas.
En el ámbito del aprendizaje a distancia estamos recorriendo una nueva senda, pero tenemos un grupo de educadores dedicados y talentosos que nos acompañarán a abrir un camino en ello. Estamos totalmente preparados para apoyar a nuestros directores y educadores, mientras hacen planes para educar a nuestros estudiantes a distancia. Y estamos seguros de que nuestro plan de aprendizaje a distancia les proporcionará a nuestros maestros el marco y las herramientas necesarios para tener éxito.
Las escuelas compartirán con las familias información detallada sobre sus planes de aprendizaje a distancia antes del lunes 6 de abril, el comienzo de las vacaciones de primavera. Mientras tanto, los recursos de enriquecimiento educativo para los estudiantes se encuentran disponibles en www.cps.edu/remotelearning. CPS actualizará estos recursos cada dos semanas. 
Queremos agradecerles a todos por su paciencia mientras concretamos nuestra respuesta a esta emergencia de salud pública. Y prometemos seguir manteniendo al día a todas las partes interesadas de CPS, a medida que se tomen decisiones y se disponga de nuevos recursos. Quedan muchas cuestiones pendientes que resolver, incluyendo el ingreso a la universidad, los requisitos para la graduación y para avanzar de grado y la admisión a escuelas selectivas. Nos comprometemos a ser transparentes y continuaremos enviándole información actualizada de manera frecuente. 
Le agradecemos por su continuo apoyo durante este momento difícil, y esperamos que todos los miembros en nuestra comunidad de CPS sigan gozando de buena salud y seguridad. Recuerde permanecer en casa y practicar el distanciamiento social siempre cuando salga de su casa. De esta manera lograremos lo que todos queremos: reducir la propagación del COVID-19 y ver a nuestros estudiantes y personal regresar a sus escuelas lo más pronto posible. 
Janice K. Jackson, EdD LaTanya D. McDade
Directora Ejecutiva Jefa de Educación
Chicago Public Schools Chicago Public Schools 

2,000 Chicagoans Will Get $1,000 In Rent Relief Under New City COVID-19 Plan, Mayor Says

Reprint from www.blockclubchiago.org


Mayor Lori Lightfoot answers questions at a press conference on the updates about COVID-19 in Illinois on Friday, March 20, 2020 in Chicago. | Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

GO — With April 1 right around the corner and thousands unemployed because of coronavirus, 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. Marisa Novara, commissioner of the Department of Housing, said half of the grants will be awarded through a lottery to people who apply on the city’s website. The other half will be distributed by nonprofit organizations working in the neighborhoods.

The deadline to apply is April 1.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, Novara said. The department is attempting to raise more money to so it can do another round of grants to help Chicagoans. Undocumented Chicagoans, who will not receive relief from the federal government even if they pay taxes, are eligible for the grant program, Lightfoot said. Gov. JB Pritzker has paused evictions throughout the state during the pandemic and asked mortgage servicers to provide mortgage forbearance for homeowners, as well.Symptoms

Coronavirus can be deadly, but the vast majority of cases have been mild. Those most at risk from the virus are people who are elderly or who have underlying health conditions.


Symptoms of coronavirus can appear two to 14 days after a person has been exposed to the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control. People with no symptoms may have the virus and spread it to others.

The virus spreads between people through coughing and sneezing, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The most common symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

People have also experienced body aches, nasal congestion, runny nose and sore throat, according to Harvard Medical School.

If you or someone else has difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, become confused, cannot be roused or develop a bluish face or lips, get immediate medical attention, according to the CDC.

How To Protect Yourself

The CDC only recommends those are already sick wear facemasks because they help you avoid spreading the virus.

Here’s what you can actually do to prevent getting ill:

  • The CDC and other officials have said people should wash their hands often, including before, during and after eating; after using the bathroom; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    The CDC has a guide here for how to properly wash your hands. Remember: Wash with soap and water, scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you can’t wash your hands with soap and water, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth, with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch frequently, like cellphones and light switches. Here are tips from the CDC.
  • Stay home when you’re sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you have to sneeze or cough with a tissue, throw it out immediately after using it, according to the CDC.

What To Do If You Think You’re Sick

Even if you’re not showing symptoms, the Chicago Department of Public Health recommends people coming from high-risk countries (here’s a CDC list) self-quarantine for 14 days after returning home.

If you do have symptoms of coronavirus, contact your primary doctor or a health care facility before going in. Explain your symptoms and tell them if you’ve come into close contact with anyone with coronavirus or traveled to an area where COVID-19 is widespread (here’s a CDC list) within the last 14 days, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

From there, the experts will work with your local health department to determine what to do and if you need to be tested for coronavirus, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

And, of course, if you think you’re sick with coronavirus, don’t risk exposing other people to the virus. Anyone who feels unwell has been ordered to stay home or risk getting a $500 fine.

Those with questions and concerns about coronavirus can call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 800-889-3931.

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