Eileen Pomeroy

2022 Desk Intern, Chalkbeat Chicago

After facing pressure to shift from punitive to restorative practices, Chicago Public Schools is making changes and reducing the number of police at schools, but details on how things are shaping up are hard to come by.

The seven campuses in the LEARN Charter School Network began the school year on Monday, two weeks before Chicago Public Schools. The network usually starts in early August.

Culinary camp is among dozens of summer programs offered by Chicago Public Schools. The district enrolled more than 90,000 students, but some programs struggled to serve as many children as they hoped.

After busing shortages plagued Chicago schools last year, the school board passed measures to prioritize students with need and added new contracts.

As most Chicago high schools have moved away from police officers on campus, 40 schools will have at least one officer on campus this fall.

Families are finding more demand than availability in summer camp programs for Chicago children. The pandemic has added to the shortage.

Using equipment that meets their individual needs, the youth are experiencing the joy of camp at Kids Tri Camp in Chicago.

A Chicago food bank is partnering with organizations such as Lakeside Square Apartments during the summer to feed children who qualify for free or reduced school lunch.

Chalkbeat wants to hear what you’ve been doing this summer for care and any challenges you’ve encountered.