During the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, some students at CPS did not receive all Individualized Education Plan (“IEP”) services because of CPS policies that made it harder for IEP teams to provide those
services. These services included:
• Extended school year services (“ESY”);
• Paraprofessional support;
• Identification as a student with a specific learning disability (“SLD”);
• Placement in a therapeutic day school (“TDS”); and
• Services provided by a paraprofessional or a special education teacher when schools didn’t have money in their budgets to fill those positions (“Budget”).
CPS is working to give those students money for the services they missed through a project called “Student Specific Corrective Action,” or “SSCA.” We believe your child may have been one of the students who missed out on services.
To claim your money remedy, go to our claims administrator’s website at www.cps-ssca.com. You will need:
• The unique Claim ID and PIN, which you will receive in the Notice Letter that our claims
administrator is sending to you via mail and email;
• Proof of identification, if you are not the person that the Notice Letter is addressed to; and
• The address or account where you would like the remedy to be sent. (There will be several options for delivery, including PayPal.)
The deadline for claiming the money remedy is April 30, 2022. If you do not claim it by the deadline, your child will lose the money.
After you enter your information, you will see the amount of money that is being offered to you. You then have the option to accept that money, decline the money, or ask for an SSCA meeting to determine whether your child may be owed more money.
We have posted a webinar on cps.edu/ssca where you can get information about what SSCA is and what your options are. We will also have virtual town hall meetings in February, March, and April to answer any questions you have. Check our website at cps.edu/ssca for the dates of the town halls.
We recommend using the money to buy educational services or materials for your child. For example: tutoring, therapy, sports camps, music lessons, museum memberships, art classes, learning software, books, and so on. The money remedy is meant to help make up for any learning that your child may have missed because they did not receive the services they should have received during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 school years. If your child missed transportation services during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 school year, the remedy is meant to reimburse you for providing your own transportation.
Please note that if you receive public benefits, the money remedy could have an impact on those benefits. If you have concerns about your benefits, please contact the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities at (312) 744-7050, or Legal Aid Chicago at (312) 341-1070 for assistance before accepting your remedy.
If you have any questions about SSCA, please read the FAQ included with this letter, watch the webinar, or participate in a town hall meeting. You can also visit www.cps.edu/ssca to find guidelines, more FAQs, and procedural safeguards to help you understand SSCA. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 773-553-1843.
Thank you for your continued partnership.
Dr. Stephanie Jones
Chief, Office of Diverse Learner Support and Services