Peirce Update

September 5, 2021

Greetings Peirce!

We had a wonderful week back to school! It was so great to see our classrooms filled with children - learning, laughing and coming together as we re-build our school community. Teachers are working on developing relationships within their classrooms, creating a sense of safety and security along with a love for learning.

For the first time ever our school launched outdoor lunch and while the weather was warm earlier in the week and bees were buzzing, outdoor lunch was a success! CPS and CDC have recommended that schools have students eat outdoors when possible to minimize risk of transmission of COVID 19. We are thankful to have a large campus, allowing us to provide outdoor lunch to all K-8th grade students. We are also thankful that Friends of Peirce purchased and installed a new hand washing station in the lunchroom - making hand washing much easier than in years past! We are in the process of developing an inclement weather eating plan, with the possibility of using tents/outdoor heaters during the cold weather months. In the meantime, if it rains or the weather is not conducive to having lunch outdoors, students will eat in their classroom, with windows open and air purifiers operating.

Shana Tova to our Jewish families and staff as they celebrate Rosh Hashanah this week!


Lori Zaimi


Common Documents

Early Dismissal & Late Arrivals

Late Arrival - Main Campus

Students can enter their regular entry doors up until 8:15am. Students who arrive after 8:15am should enter through the main entrance, door #1 on Bryn Mawr.

Early Dismissal

If a student needs to leave school before 3:00pm, approved caregivers should come to Door #1, the main entrance on Bryn Mawr and inform the security staff member that they are there to pick up a student. The security staff member will check that the person picking up is approved for pick up, have the caregiver complete an early dismissal log and call for the child to be sent to the main entrance for dismissal.

Proof of Vaccination

For children who are vaccinated: To provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, parents or guardians will bring a copy of their child’s vaccination card to the either the main entrance or for their child to give a copy to their teacher. The school nurse will enter the vaccination dates into the district’s HIPAA-compliant student information system.

*Families can also bring the vaccination card to the main entrance for the school to make a copy for you.

Updated Travel Guidance

In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has now issued new guidelines for unvaccinated persons who will be traveling to all states (excluding Vermont). Travelers who are not vaccinated (this includes all students 11-years-old and younger who are not yet eligible for the vaccine) should quarantine for seven (7) days after returning to Chicago, even if they have received a negative COVID test. Students who elect not to test should plan to self-quarantine for 10 days. These children will receive access to take-home work that will help them keep pace with their learning during their time away from the classroom.

Please notify your child's teacher if you traveled and they will prepare a take home work pack that will either be emailed or available for pickup at the main entrance on Wednesday, September 8th.

Mask Wearing at Peirce

Please be reminded that all students, staff and visitors to the school campus should wear masks while on school grounds. Students and staff wear masks at all times when they are indoors, unless eating. Students are able to remove their masks during breakfast and lunchtime.

Students can also remove their masks outdoors when they are able to maintain at least 3 feet of social distancing and are within their same cohort. Please know that there are few instances when this is applicable, therefore, many students will keep their mask on the duration of the day.

COVID Testing Consent

CPS is offering weekly COVID-19 testing for students. Parents/guardians will need to complete the COVID-19 Testing Consent Form that was emailed to all parents and guardians from on Friday, August 27, 2021 if you want your child tested.

If you did not receive the email from CPS, you can complete the paper version and return to your child's teacher.

Weekly testing will occur at school during the school day. More information to come as we learn more about the testing process.

Click here for the FAQ Guide on Testing

Sick Student Protocol

If your child is sick with any COVID-19 Symptoms please do the following:

Call your child's healthcare provider and get the child tested for COVID-19. Your child should stay home while waiting for results. If you are unable to get your child tested, your child must stay home until they are symptom-free without medication for 24 hours.

  • Siblings should stay home until a negative test result or alternative diagnosis is received for the symptomatic child.
  • If the child is negative student should stay home until...
    • Illness is over
    • Symptoms have steadily improved
    • Fever-free for 24hrs without medication
    • No uncontrollable cough
    • No vomiting or diarrhea for 24hrs
  • If a child is positive
    • COVID-19 case must isolate for 10 days from the start of illness; non fully vaccinated household members must Quarantine 14 days (from date of last contact or end of case’s isolation)
    • ** CPS Cases should SELF-REPORT to Parents or guardians report on behalf of their own children.

Creating Safer Learning Environments: Transforming Bias-Based Harm

Dear CPS parents and students,

As part of our mission to provide students with equitable, inclusive, safe, supportive, and secure learning environments, we have created a district-wide initiative to transform bias-based harm in our schools. Bias-based harm is the harassment or discrimination of protected classes such as race, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition to strengthening our non-discrimination policy, this initiative builds pathways for reporting,investigating, and responding to bias-based behaviors, enabling us to provide more support to students facing harassment and discrimination..

If you or one of your peers has experienced bias-based harm, consider reporting it to your school’s administration or the district’s Office of Student Protections and Title IX (OSP). Under our non-discrimination policy, most cases will be handled at the school level, with oversight from the district, for investigation, resolution, and transformation. When bias-based behaviors are severe or pervasive, or where there is a lack of trust, OSP will handle investigations at the district level.

If you need to report bias-based harm or related complaints to OSP, you can do so using one of the following processes:


Office of Student Protections and Title IX

Chicago Public Schools

110 N. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60612


Open House

Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, September 21st at 5:00pm.

After a great deal of thought and consideration, our Open House will be held virtually. This decision was not made lightly and is a result of our inability to maintain social distancing given the number of students and family members that would be in attendance along with limited staff availability.

Teachers will share more information on how to access their open house along with classroom agenda by September 17th.

Entry & Dismissal

  • Students in 2nd through 8th grade do not need to line up on their dots in the morning, and can use the entire turf area to wait for the doors to open at 7:58am - please help keep the walkways clear as much as possible by using the turf.
  • Rain will eventually be here, interrupting morning entry - but we have a plan! On days when it rains or is below 15 degrees, students will still enter through their regular entry door. We have locations throughout the building where staff will be stationed to wait with students between 7:50 and 8:00am.
  • While we love family pets, Dogs and Animals in general are not allowed on school grounds - please help us keep our students safe!
  • Students are the only ones that will enter the building through the Gregory side of the building, Visitors to the school will enter at door #1. Due to COVID 19, most inquiries will be handled at the door and not in the school building.

Accommodations for Families

Accommodations for School Meetings
Peirce strives to make meetings as accessible as possible. For this reason, we routinely include the following accommodations for meetings:

Virtual Meetings

  • Video and chat functions optional for participants
  • Live transcript is on (for English)
  • YouTube streaming for those who prefer that platform (during LSC Meetings only)
  • Spanish-English interpretation
  • Closed captioning

In Person Meetings
  • Spanish-English interpretation
  • Use of microphones as appropriate
  • Printed copies of materials as appropriate

If you need accommodations beyond those specified here, please contact the Principal, Lori Zaimi, in writing at, at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting you would like to attend. Please know that the school will work to fulfill accommodations as they are able to, but cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled. Requests submitted as far in advance as possible will help with this process.

*Please note Chicago Public Schools Americans with Disability Act Policy

Upcoming Calendar Dates


14th Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm

21st Open House, 5:00pm

23rd Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm

24th Restorative Practices Information Session, 9:00am

School Year 22 Calendar