Peirce Update

October 23, 2021

Updated Sick Student Protocol

CPS made the following update to the Sick Student Protocol:

  1. Under new ISBE guidance, if the sick individual is tested within 24 hours of symptom onset, siblings/household members do not need to be sent home unless there is high suspicion the sick person has COVID-19.

    1. Examples where ”high suspicion” exists = sick individual is a known close contact or loss of taste or smell.

    2. Siblings/household members can remain in school and must wear masks both indoors and outdoors.

    3. If the sick individual tests positive, unvaccinated siblings/household members should be sent home immediately.

If testing doesn’t occur within 24 hours of symptom onset, unvaccinated siblings/household members must be sent home until the sick individual has test results.


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.

  • 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.

Welcome to Peirce

Corrindia Crawford joins the PK Team as a Teacher Assistant with Ms. Melman at the PK Branch. Corrindia comes to Peirce after working with students and adults with disabilities for the past seven years. Corrindia has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish and is also in her final year as a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, studying to become an early childhood educator with a focus on Special Education.

Virtual Coffee with the Principal

Join members of the school administration virtually on Monday, October 25th at 9:30am to...

  • Get to know your school leadership team
  • Learn about progress made during Quarter 1 with the return to in person learning
  • An update on our Continuous Improvement Work Plan

Meeting Link

Have a question that you would like us to answer? A topic that you would like addressed? Include it here.

Bilingual Advisory Council Meeting

Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC)


5:00 - 6:00

Learn about how Peirce is celebrating Day of the Dead.

Find out about what’s next this year for students in the EL program.

Vote on how to spend our BAC funds.

Connect with other families and parents.

The meeting will be held in Spanish with English interpretation.

Speakers of all languages are welcome!

Join us with Google Meet:

Join us by Phone:

+1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪356 392 172 2381‬#

Halloween Parade

This year our Annual Halloween Parade returns on Friday, October 29th.

Main Building Parades

Families are invited to stand around the turf, socially distanced and with masks.

  • 9:30am 7th & 4th Grade

  • 9:45am 1st & 6th Grade

  • 10:00am 8th & 2nd Grade

  • 10:15am 5th & 3rd Grade

  • 10:30am PK AM Rooms 121AM, 122 & 123

  • 2:00pm Kindergarten

  • 2:15pm PK121PM

PK Branch Parades

Families are invited to stand along Magnolia street from Berwyn to Balmoral, socially distanced and with masks.

  • 9:45am Rooms 101 & 103
  • 10:30am Rooms 102 & 104

Guidance for Costumes

  • COVID Masks required

  • No full face masks

  • No Weapons

  • Be aware of cultural appropriation when selecting costumes. It is important that our children recognize and understand the importance of wearing culturally specific clothing as not a costume, but as showing an appreciation for the culture that it represents.

  • Please know that costumes are optional and not mandatory.

The articles below provide meaning on Cultural Appropriation and Halloween.

CPS is Hiring!

COVID Updates

COVID Case Update

There have been a total of 4 classrooms quarantined this school year and 6 reported cases of COVID at Peirce, 5 of which were actionable. CPS has released an updated district data monitoring tool that can be found here.

COVID Testing

Shannon Jiamachello, Resident Principal, is coordinating COVID testing at Peirce and is in collaboration with CPS. You can reach out to Shannon with questions related to testing by email at

If you have not yet signed up your child for testing you can do so by either:

  • 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.

Click here for the online registration form

Click here for the FAQ Guide on Testing

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.

Upcoming Calendar Dates


25th Virtual Coffee with the Principal, 9:30am

29th Halloween Parades


4th End of Quarter 1

5th No School - Professional Development Day

9th & 10th: Picture Days, schedule to be shared

9th 8th Grade High School Admissions Test

9th Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm

11th No School - Veterans Day

17th Report Card Day - No School for Students

18th Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm

24th-26th Thanksgiving Break, No School

30th Picture Re-Takes

Common Documents