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Greetings Harold Washington Families,
Welcome to the 2019 - 2020 academic year!
As we embark on our fourth year of “Pacing for Excellence,” I want to take a moment to thank our outstanding parents and community for continuous and consistent support.  Thank you for your attendance at our events, for your support and kind words about our staff and programs, and mostly, thank you for sharing your remarkable students with us at Harold Washington Elementary School.  
This year we celebrate new beginnings.  We celebrate the complete renovation of Harold Washington School building. We celebrate our students having full access to 1:1 computer devices for all grades Pre-K through eighth.   With all things new comes new commitment.  
We will continue to strive to create even more authentic and innovative learning opportunities for students.   We know that by working together we create opportunities for students to achieve. The process of educating and caring for our children is a team effort. I encourage you to contact the school at any time you have a concern, need clarification, or simply want to check in with your child’s educators.
The 2020 School Calendar has new and exciting learning opportunities for students and families.  If you have not done so yet, please become familiar with our calendar. The calendar is an excellent tool to help you plan your academic year. 
I again thank you for your support for our school and for your involvement in your student’s education; that is one of our greatest strengths and something that sets us apart from other schools.  We are very proud of our reality, that here there is an opportunity for everyone to be involved; this includes students, parents, and members of the community.
Our commitment at Harold Washington Elementary School is to provide a safe and intellectually challenging environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers and inspired learners prepared to thrive in the twenty-first century.
It is the contribution of our students to our school community that makes Harold Washington Elementary School an exceptional learning community. Full participation in academic and co-curricular programs and a willingness to act responsibly as an individual within our educational environment are the factors that enable all to have a successful and enjoyable year.
We are excited for the 2019 -20 school year.  Together, we can ensure that this will be a great year!
Sherri A. Walker

Recent News

In-Person Instruction is Suspended for Remainder of the School Year

In-Person Instruction is Suspended for Remainder of the School Year Dear CPS Parents and Families, Earlier today, Governor Pritzker announced that in-person instruction will be suspended for the rest of the school year in Illinois to further slow the spread of COVID-19. We understand this is difficult news to hear, but we support the governor’s decision to protect the health and wellness of all Illinoisans. So while our school buildings may be closed, our teachers will continue to teach and our students will continue to learn. The important work of educating your child will not stop, and you will continue to hear from us regularly for the remainder of the scheduled school year. We know this is a tough time, but Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will be here to support you every step of the way.

CPS Non-Discrimination Statement

Non-Discrimination Statement It is the policy of the Board to prohibit unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of any protected category by the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and applicable federal, state or local laws or ordinances, including but not limited to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), specifically, but not limited to, discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of sexual orientation, gender or sex (includes gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and pregnancy-related medical conditions), race or ethnicity, ethnic group identification, ancestry, nationality, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, age, immigration status, marital status, registered domestic partner status, genetic information, political belief or affiliation (not union-related), military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in the educational programs or activities the Board operates.

Attend to Achieve!

Attendance Policy Harold Washington School recognizes that daily attendance is critical to academic achievement. It is our goal to work with students, families and communities to support regular school attendance and improve academic achievement. It is important that your scholar attends school daily!

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