A Letter to Urban Prep Families Regarding COVID-19

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are prayerful and hopeful that in this time of crisis in this country, that all of you and your families are safe and healthy. As you probably heard, due to the continuing challenges of COVID-19, Governor Pritzker announced that the statewide mandated school closures will be extended through April 30th. 

While the impact of COVID-19 and this extended time away from our normal routines and way of life will leave an indelible imprint in our minds, souls and spirits, the impact on our young people, particularly the academic and social-emotional growth of Urban Prep students will be significant to say the least, with ramifications evolving beyond this school year.  Thus, it is important to us at Urban Prep that we work to provide structure and support to our young men to regularly engage them in meaningful learning activities and ensure that our students remain connected to the Urban Prep family during this time of uncertainty.    

On Monday, April 13th, our campus leaders, teachers and staff will begin executing additional Remote Learning Plans for each campus.  All families will receive the details of the Remote Learning Plans before Friday, April 10th.  

This situation remains fluid and changes may occur on a daily basis. It is essential, therefore, that we have reliable contact information for you. If you have not already done so, please click the following link and complete the survey as soon as possible: https://we-b.lv/UPSurvey20200315

During the school closure, your young man may continue to go to a public school to pick up free food boxes containing three days’ of breakfast and lunches for students. Please note that some of the locations, days and hours for pickup have changed due to the week of April 6th being recognized as Spring Break. To locate the site most convenient for you, please visit cps/edu/mealsites 

And, finally, please continue following the protocols below related to COVID-19 (coronavirus):

       If you or your young man has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact the Principal of his campus. 
       If you need help locating medical care, please reach out to the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness at [email protected] or by calling the CPS Command Center at 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 protected] or call 312-746-4835.

 For the most reliable information about COVID-19, please visit:

       Chicago Department of Public Health
       Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
       Chicago Public Schools

The global pandemic caused by COVID-19 (the coronavirus 2019), is an unprecedented moment in recent history. Thus, we ask everyone to stay informed and take the necessary steps to keep yourselves, your families and communities healthy and safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your respective Campus Leader.

 As always, thank you for entrusting the education of your young man to Urban Prep. 

 We Believe,

Dennis Lacewell
Chief Academic Officer
Urban Prep Academies 

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