Day: March 23, 2021

Chicago Public Schools releases multi-year plan to address trauma – WGN9

This segment aired on WGN 9 on March 22, 2021 by reporter Tonya Francisco.

CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools unveiled a new plan Monday aimed at addressing trauma for its students, families and staff.

The district said the “Healing-Centered Framework,” which is funded by a $24 million investment over the next three years, will ensure every school has a behavioral health team and a trusted adult in the building to support students and more.

Hundreds of teachers, staff and students gave feedback and ideas for the initiative, CPS said.

“As we move into our post-COVID recovery, we must also focus on the social, emotional, and educational recovery of our students,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “Thanks to this new framework, we will be able to create the spaces and resources our students need to heal from this tortuous year and thrive. I want to thank Chicago Beyond and the Children First Fund for investing in our students and building on our ongoing work to help them rise above the challenges this pandemic has presented to their social and emotional wellbeing.”

Chicago Public Schools said they have committed to the following as part of the plan.

In 2019, CPS, led by the Office of Social Emotional Learning, the Children First Fund and Chicago Beyond came together to lay the groundwork for the initiative.