COVID-19 Information

Efforts to help keep the community safe during the pandemic

Chicago Public Schools has issued detailed COVID-19 safety protocols and resources for the district. All information can be found on the CPS website. 

Please find below various information to help clarify the district’s policies, and reinforce the protocols, to help us stay healthy:


Notify CPS, Principal Gibson and your student's homeroom teacher of ANY positive COVID-19 test results

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, through school testing or another means, please report the case here as soon as possible. Please also send an email to Principal Gibson and your homeroom teacher.

CPS Contact Tracing will provide your student’s date of return to school via email. Once you receive that email, you may forward it to your child’s teacher. They will then provide asynchronous work within 24 hours following your email.

Stay home if sick

Please have your student stay home if they are sick or have any symptoms, regardless of their vaccination status. Click here for a list of symptoms that would require a student to remain home.

Send an email if your student will be absent

Please notify and your student’s homeroom teacher if your student will be absent.

Is your student vaccinated?

Students ages 5 and up are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. Click here for support in signing up for a vaccination.

If your student is vaccinated, please bring their vaccination card to the main office or email our school nurses at and .

Note that fully vaccinated means two weeks after their second dose.

In the case of needing to switch learning to remote instruction, students with vaccination cards on file can return to school once remote learning launches.

Signup for free COVID-19 testing at Tubman

Free COVID-19 testing is offered weekly at Tubman. Generally, students are called out of class to come down for testing on Friday afternoons. Please click here if you would like to sign your child up for COVID-19 testing.

Families receive their child’s test results between Saturday and Sunday. The building is closed on the weekends so actions cannot be taken until Monday.

Note: If a student has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, they are not to take a COVID-19 test on site to avoid false positive results. Please notify your student’s teacher and email our school clerk at to pause testing.

What if my child becomes sick at school?

If your child is exhibiting any moderate to severe COVID-19 like symptoms they will be sent to the care room to await pickup. 

Planning travel? Follow guidelines from CDPH and CPS

Travel guidelines are updated regularly

If your student is unvaccinated, and traveled to an “orange” state, please have them get tested with a viral COVID-19 test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days.

What if there is a positive case in my student’s class?

CPS’s Contract Tracing team will provide  the information you need.

Asymptomatic, vaccinated students do not need to quarantine. However, educators are provided a 24 hour period to plan for remote instruction and during this time students will be home.

Close contacts (someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) who are unvaccinated must quarantine for 5 days, and students who test positive must be in isolation for 5 days.

When will remote instruction begin?

If the district determines a full class needs to flip to remote instruction, all students in the class will be home for the first 24 hours. Then students who are vaccinated may return in person, while those unvaccinated, or sick, will access learning remotely.

During that 24 hour window, the school will also pass out technology and materials for those learning from home remotely as needed

Does Tubman have KN95 masks for staff and students?

We are grateful to Alderman Tunney  who donated 1000 masks.

In addition, the FOT has graciously voted to donate an additional 5000 (1000 additional masks for staff and 4000 additional masks for our students) at the Principal’s request. Thank you FOT for your generous efforts to help keep our staff and students safe!

These masks are in addition to the masks the district has agreed to supply to staff and students.

More questions?

Contact our school nursing team and