Student Wellness

Wellness in the Classroom and Beyond

Every school should be a safe and healthy environment for students to learn and grow. CPS is working to introduce new programs that support student wellness throughout our communities.

Healthy CPS

Healthy CPS is dedicated to making every CPS school a healthy environment for students. The initiative’s broad purview ensures access to a range of services and programs, from health education to daily physical activity to nutritious cafeteria food. Healthy CPS also coordinates efforts from a number of partners to provide physical education, sexual health education, and support for students with chronic conditions.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a crucial component of every child’s development, and CPS believes it should play an equally important role in academic education. Our Social Emotional Learning program helps students cultivate the knowledge, awareness, and skills to understand and manage emotions, feel and show empathy for others, build and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

CPS provides our schools and networks the resources to establish and sustain supportive learning communities. Schools that take advantage of those resources, known as Supportive Schools, are building systems to support students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs.

The results have been extraordinary. Between 2016 and 2018, 335 CPS schools have become Supportive Schools, 351 schools received professional development training and materials to teach SEL skills to students, and 173 schools were trained in classroom management strategies. Between 2012 and 2017, out-of-school suspensions declined 76 by percent, in-school suspensions declined by 41 percent, expulsions declined by 59 percent, and police notifications declined by 50 percent. Those results have made CPS a national leader in SEL.

The following organizations have been invaluable partners in our SEL efforts: UChicago Urban Labs, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, The Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos (CCSL), Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and DePaul University. Thank you!

“The turnaround has been striking. Dr. Jackson calls it the most successful large-scale change the district has ever led.”

Education Drive

“I think there’s been a shift in our office and the district as a whole where we’re starting to think that the end goal isn’t management and order. The end goal is that children are being developed fully as human beings.”

Justina Schlund, Director of Field Learning at Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

SEL Spotlight: Healing Trauma Together

CPS is striving to meet the behavioral and mental health needs of high school students in communities stricken by violence and civil unrest. Healing Trauma Together (HTT) provides schools in high-violence communities with school-wide trauma support resources, including full-staff professional development, behavioral-health teams, and onsite clinicians to implement trauma-focused intervention. To date, 300 parents and 320 school staff members have been trained to recognize and respond to trauma symptoms, and their efforts have benefitted an estimated 5,000 students across the district.

Healing Trauma Together

CPS is striving to meet the behavioral and mental health needs of high school students in communities stricken by violence and civil unrest. Healing Trauma Together (HTT) provides schools in high-violence communities with school-wide trauma support resources, including full-staff professional development, behavioral-health teams, and onsite clinicians to implement trauma-focused intervention. To date, 300 parents and 320 school staff members have been trained to recognize and respond to trauma symptoms, and their efforts have benefitted an estimated 5,000 students across the district.

Safe Passage

We’re making sure every student who walks to school has a safe and reliable route. With the Safe Passage program, schools look at a variety of unique factors, including student residences, arrival and dismissal times, high-crime areas, and available transportation, to implement safe routes for students to take to and from school. Thanks to Safe Passage, crimes committed along school routes have dropped by nearly 33 percent since 2013.

Safe Passage partners include the City of Chicago, the Chicago Police Department, and our dedicated community partners. Thank you!

Student Health Services Program

A healthy student does not always mean a student who is not sick. Sometimes students are held back by undiagnosed health issues they may not even be aware of. A student with poor vision may have trouble reading and writing, or a student with hearing problems may not be following their teachers or class discussions. That’s why it’s crucial that students are regularly screened for an assortment of health issues and that they have access to follow-up care.

Through the Student Health Services program, CPS partners with healthcare providers to bring essential health services to schools at no out-of-pocket cost to students and families. In 2017, more than 267,800 CPS students were provided with one or more free district-managed health services, such as vision and hearing screenings and dental examinations.

Student Health Services partners include Illinois College of Optometry, UI Health- Ear Infirmary, ACCESS Community Health Network, Alivio Medical Center, Erie Family Health, Esperanza Clinic, Chicago Family Health, Friend & Family Health Center, Heartland Health Center, Lawndale Christian Health Center, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Near North/Komed Homan Health Center, PCC Community Center Wellness, Primecare Community Health, Rush University Medical Center, TCA Health Inc., UI Health- Pediatrics, Chicago Care Van of CDPH and Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois, Loyola Medicine’s Pediatric Mobile Health Unit, Norwegian American Hospital’s Pediatric Care-a-Van, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile- Advocate Children’s Hospital, St. Bernard Pediatric Mobile Unit, University of Chicago Medicine’s Comer Pediatric Medical Unit, Mobile Care Chicago- Allergy Asthma Dental and Christian Community Health Center Mobile Health Unit. Thank you!

Student Health Services Program

A healthy student does not always mean a student who is not sick. Sometimes, students are held back by health issues they are not even aware of. A student with poor vision may have trouble reading and writing, or a student with hearing problems may not be following their teachers or class discussions. That’s why it’s crucial that students are regularly screened for an assortment of health issues and that they have access to follow-up care.

Through the Student Health Services program, CPS partners with healthcare providers to bring essential health services to schools at no out-of-pocket cost to students and families. In 2017, more than 267,800 CPS students were provided with one or more free district-managed health services, such as vision and hearing screenings and dental examinations.

Student Health Services partners include Illinois College of Optometry, UI Health- Ear Infirmary, ACCESS Community Health Network, Alivio Medical Center, Erie Family Health, Esperanza Clinic, Chicago Family Health, Friend & Family Health Center, Heartland Health Center, Lawndale Christian Health Center, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Near North/Komed Homan Health Center, PCC Community Center Wellness, Primecare Community Health, Rush University Medical Center, TCA Health Inc., UI Health- Pediatrics, Chicago Care Van of CDPH and Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois, Loyola Medicine’s Pediatric Mobile Health Unit, Norwegian American Hospital’s Pediatric Care-a-Van, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile- Advocate Children’s Hospital, St. Bernard Pediatric Mobile Unit, University of Chicago Medicine’s Comer Pediatric Medical Unit, Mobile Care Chicago- Allergy Asthma Dental and Christian Community Health Center Mobile Health Unit. Thank you!

Sports Can Open Roads to Excellence (CPS SCORE!)

In 2015, just 10 percent of CPS elementary school students were participating in after-school sports. The many benefits of youth sports, including lessons in leadership, teamwork, and self-confidence, were afforded only to the highest-performing athletes, and not even at every school. In 2017, CPS launched CPS SCORE!, an ambitious and unprecedented effort to bring opportunities in sports to every student across the district.

CPS SCORE! is a no-cut sports program that allows all students to learn and play sports with after-school practices and Saturday games at neighborhood-hub high schools. The program provides complimentary equipment, uniforms, coaches and officials to all schools who choose to participate.

Today, more than 35,000 students have participated in CPS SCORE! That’s 35,000 students who have a safe and fun venue to develop their skills and confidence on nights and weekends. And the program is only getting more popular. Participation in CPS SCORE has increased by 90 percent since its launch less than two years ago.

CPS SCORE! partners include BMO Harris Bank, Blackhawks, Chicago Fire, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Red Stars, Good Sports, Global Giving, Uber, Target, Jr. NBA and World Sport Chicago. Thank you!

Sports Can Open Roads to Excellence (CPS SCORE!)

In 2015, just 10 percent of CPS elementary school students were participating in after-school sports. The many benefits of youth sports, including lessons in leadership, teamwork, and self-confidence, were afforded only to the highest-performing athletes, and not even at every school. In 2017, CPS launched CPS SCORE!, an ambitious and unprecedented effort to bring opportunities in sports to every student across the district.

CPS SCORE! is a no-cut sports program that allows all students to learn and play sports with after-school practices and Saturday games at neighborhood-hub high schools. The program provides complimentary equipment, uniforms, coaches and officials to all schools who choose to participate.

Today, more than 35,000 students have participated in CPS SCORE! That’s 35,000 students who have a safe and fun venue to develop their skills and confidence on nights and weekends. And the program is only getting more popular. Participation in CPS SCORE has increased by 90 percent since its launch less than two years ago.

CPS SCORE! partners include BMO Harris Bank, Blackhawks, Chicago Fire, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Red Stars, Good Sports, Global Giving, Uber, Target, Jr. NBA and World Sport Chicago. Thank you!

CPS SCORE! Spotlight: Star Power

Chicago’s professional sports teams and Olympians have come out in full force to support CPS SCORE! The program has received visits and contributions from Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars and USA World Cup team), Jonathan Campbell (Chicago Fire), Horace Grant, Bob Love, Mickey Johnson, and Toni Kukoc (Chicago Bulls legends), Zach Lavine (Chicago Bulls), Tommy Hawk (Chicago Blackhawks), Bill Scherr and Diane Simpson (Team USA Olympians), and many more.

Thanks to the generous support of our partners, participating schools have received extra equipment, Coaches Clinics with NBA stars, tickets and suites to professional sporting events, Citywide championship events, visits from team mascots, trophies and medals, custom uniforms, and much more.

“CPS SCORE! is an innovative program that teaches students the value of inclusion, teamwork, self-confidence and other essential skills while also providing them with constructive activities after school. We love this city and are committed to making it the best place to live, work and play.”

Darrel Hackett, President of BMO Private Bank

“For the past ten years, World Sport Chicago has been committed to providing and creating opportunities for young Chicagoans regardless of physical or financial ability, to learn and grow through the transformative power of sport. We are excited about this robust partnership with Chicago Public Schools. CPS SCORE! is a tremendous platform to increase access to sports and the lasting life skills that it teaches. We look forward to the continued growth, impact and success of the program.”

Pat Ryan, Chairman of World Sport Chicago

“Since we started this program, our kids that had behavior problems improved by over 50%. Attendance went up as well. We have kids now that are interacting with each other that wouldn’t talk before. This is something we use as an incentive for kids to do better in classes.”

Coach Vernell Pondexter, CPS SCORE!

“CPS SCORE! is an innovative program that teaches students the value of inclusion, teamwork, self-confidence and other essential skills while also providing them with constructive activities after school. We love this city and are committed to making it the best place to live, work and play.”

Darrel Hackett, President of BMO Private Bank

“For the past ten years, World Sport Chicago has been committed to providing and creating opportunities for young Chicagoans regardless of physical or financial ability, to learn and grow through the transformative power of sport. We are excited about this robust partnership with Chicago Public Schools. CPS SCORE! is a tremendous platform to increase access to sports and the lasting life skills that it teaches. We look forward to the continued growth, impact and success of the program.”

Pat Ryan, Chairman of World Sport Chicago

“Since we started this program, our kids that had behavior problems improved by over 50%. Attendance went up as well. We have kids now that are interacting with each other that wouldn’t talk before. This is something we use as an incentive for kids to do better in classes.”

Coach Vernell Pondexter, CPS SCORE!

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