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CHICAGO, January 7, 2022 – Some members of the Chicago delegation of the Illinois General Assembly, some of which are parents and former CPS students, support a safe return to school. Our constituents have expressed concerns and anxiety regarding the return to in-person learning following the large uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

We have consistently engaged in conversations with Chicago Public Schools throughout the pandemic and continue to offer the following recommendations as Chicago Public Schools cancel classes this week following a vote from the Chicago Teachers Union to opt for remote work amid the surge:

  • Expand capacity to stand-up vaccine clinics with extended hours in more schools beyond the four static sites;
  • Adopt an adaptive pause to launch remote learning and develop mutually agreed upon safety metrics;
  • Leverage community partners to increase participation of CPS families who opt-in to regular COVID-19 testing; or make weekly COVID-19 testing required like 34 other school districts across the state; and
  • Ensure sufficient distribution of N95 or KN95 masks for students, staff and educators.

We recognize that the issues go beyond classrooms because students live in the context of their communities and families. Many students come from households who may have intergenerational members, family members with chronic health conditions or who are vaccine-hesitant, and family members who are frontline workers.

We come together to try to leverage state help and resources in the hope of speeding up the safe return to in-person learning in Chicago Public Schools. We have reached out to the governor’s office, Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois State Board of Education and other state agencies to clarify return to school policies in Illinois and bring additional testing, faster results and increased supplies for students and their families.

Many of us have been distributing masks and educational materials throughout our communities since the beginning of the pandemic. When the vaccine became widely available, we have been hosting vaccine and booster clinics regularly. We are determined to work together to find solutions as the state works toward recovery.

We support a safe return to in-person learning that protects everyone’s health so we can give our students the education they deserve and ensure educators and staff are in safe work conditions. We are committed to work in creative ways through State government to leverage resources and services to minimize adverse impact with our students and school communities.

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Dear neighbor –

I hope you and your loved ones all had a healthy, happy holiday season. With the new year upon us, I wanted to make sure you had resources you might need to stay well while the pandemic continues around us.

I know you’ve heard it a million times by now, but if you are eligible, please get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. While the omicron variant seems to be more transmissible than previous variants, the vaccine can help prevent severe illness, hospitalization or death. 

Below, you will find additional resources on rental and utility assistance, ACA health insurance and more.

Additionally, the 20th District office will be closed to the public until at least Jan. 18 while COVID-19 cases are on the rise. However, feel free reach out to my office for assistance by calling 773-278-2020, sending a text message to 773-207-7838, or sending us a note at


State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District

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Cleavland School CHICAGO – To meet students, educators and parents where they are, State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) visited 17 local schools to discuss the return to in-person learning and other topics affecting schools.

“Had it not been for the pandemic, I would have visited all 36 schools in the 20th district. Being able to visit schools these last few months and hear directly from students, teachers and administrators about the successes, shortcomings, and needs of their schools informs my legislative agenda,” Pacione-Zayas, a longtime champion of education policy, said. “After a year in the Senate, the importance of listening and engaging with the people who will have to live with our votes and policy decisions could not be more critical.”

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Estimado amigo,

Antes que nada, ¡felices fiestas de mi familia a su familia!

Mientras celebramos, es importante mantenernos al día sobre la información más reciente sobre el COVID-19 para a nuestros seres queridos. La variante nueva Omicron nos ha mostrado la importancia de seguir el consejo de los expertos y de vacunarnos para ayudar a terminar con esta pandemia. También, recuerde que puede asistir a nuestro centro de vacunación el 19 de diciembre en el 4432 N. Troy, de las 11 a.m. a las 3 p.m. para recibir vacunas, dosis de refuerzo y pruebas COVID.

Lea para enterarse sobre las fechas límite para solicitar asistencia a la renta, pagos de servicios préstamos durante el invierno, y sobre la ampliación de la elegibilidad para las dosis de refuerzo COVID-19, cómo conseguir seguro médico y más.

También puede comunicarse a mi oficina llamando al 773-278-2020. Mandar un mensaje de texto al 773-207-7838, o envíe una nota a través de para hacer una cita en nuestra oficina distrital ubicada en el 3140 W. Montrose Ave.


Cristina Pacione-Zayas

Senadora Estatal | Distrito 20

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Springfield Office:
M120 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8191
District Office:
3140 W. Montrose
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 278-2020