Dear Parents and Community--

Update (8am, October 17): Classes are cancelled for October 17. When we know more about Friday, October 18, we will be sure to share. Please see the CPS "Frequently Asked Questions" document for additional information.

As a reminder, the only entrance that will be open for entry and dismissal today is Door #1 on Hamlin.

The rest of the email below restates what was shared yesterday and is still applicable...


As many of you are aware, the Chicago Teachers Union and the Service Employees International Union Local 73 have announced the decision to set a strike date for tomorrow, October 17th, if they are unable to agree to a new contract with the district. We hope for a resolution that is mutually beneficial to all parties.

Should a strike occur, all classes, before care, after care, and extracurricular activities in the district will be cancelled. Students may report to Chicago Public Libraries throughout the city, in addition to Chicago Public School buildings through the duration of the strike. Students can go to any school location that is appropriate for their age and grade level during that school's regular school day hours. These contingency sites will include daily non-instructional supervision, as well as meal services. Currently, Mr. Gamble is the only assigned staff member to supervise any students that arrive at Solomon, though we may be assigned additional staff from the district's central office. My responsibility will be to keep students safe and secure in the building, as well as fed, during the duration of the strike.

For those families who do not have an alternative option for care or to find the most convenient library or school site for your family, visit Students attending a contingency site should sign-up in advance at the above website using their student ID number (student ID numbers can be found in Parent Portal). 

If your child will be coming to Solomon during the strike, the only door that will be used for entry or dismissal is Door #1 on Hamlin.

School days missed for a strike do not count as school attendance days, and therefore do not count into the attendance record. 

Please follow the local news for any updates on the anticipated strike, and I will be sure to share any updates that come along.

Thank you for your continued support of Solomon Elementary.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School