News & Announcements

Summer School COVID Testing Strategy from CPS Health and Wellness

In order to continue to keep students and staff safe, CPS will continue to provide COVID testing throughout summer school. The summer testing strategy will include a continuation of the surveillance in-school testing program, a continuation of our Modified Test to Stay Program, and compliance testing for unvaccinated student-athletes and unvaccinated staff. Testing will take place from July 5-29, 2022 for summer programs that register students in Aspen.

Summer In-School Surveillance Testing

All staff and students that consented to test during the regular school year will be eligible to participate in summer school testing. Regular weekly testing will be provided by Thermo Fisher.

Modified Test to Stay

After hearing positive feedback from parents and school leaders, the Modified Test to Stay program that was piloted at 40 schools during last school year will continue to be an option for summer school programs.

We know that keeping students and staff in the classroom safely is absolutely critical to learning and development, and giving individuals the Test to Stay option is an important tool.

Here's how the program works:


Unvaccinated students and staff that are identified as a close contacts will have three options:

Work/learn from home for five calendar days per CDC guidelines and wear a mask on days 6-10

Continue to work/learn in-person by submitting proof of full vaccination to their school

Continue to work/learn in person through Test to Stay.

Individuals who exercise the Test to Stay option must:

Test negative on the next immediate Monday or Thursday and the following Monday or Thursday following exposure and submit their results to cps.edu/covidresults

Remain symptom free

Wear a mask in school for ten calendar days following exposure

When a case is confirmed, the Office of Student Health and Wellness (OSHW) will reach out to the school leader and ask if they would like to offer the Test to Stay option to the unvaccinated close contacts of that case. OSHW will then walk the school leader through implementation of the program, and will provide a guide with protocols and communications templates for communicating with individuals who have been exposed.

Compliance Summer Testing

Unvaccinated student-athletes will also be required to test this summer using rapid antigen test kits. Distribution plans for testing kits are in development in collaboration with the Office of Sports Administration. Unvaccinated athletes will be required to test twice a week (Monday and Thursday) and report the results to cps.edu/covidresults.

Welcome Class of 2026! Freshman Connection is Coming! Register now!

Amundsen will host a Freshman Connection program this summer for students in our incoming freshman class. Each one-week session will help students to have fun, to make new friends, to experience the high school environment, and to connect with teachers and counselors. The program is free but you must register in advance. Click on the link above to visit our Class of 2026 welcome site to register for FC and to access important information for incoming freshmen and their families.

Amundsen String Ambassadors help launch a new orchestra program at McPherson Elementary

Amundsen's String Ambassadors, under the direction of AHS Orchestra teacher, Mr. Sean Reidy, recently helped to launch yet another orchestra mentoring program at McPherson Elementary School. This partnership builds on an existing partnership with Chappell Elementary, where an autonomous group of of 12 Viking String Ambassadors regularly teaches strings to Chappell students. We appreciate the support of A440 Violins, the Friends of McPherson, the Friends of Amundsen, the Nagaunee Institute, and the Civic Orchestra of the CSO, for their support of the neighborhood school music programs that make these partnerships possible.

Reported Case of Covid-19 in Amundsen Community

This notification is for your awareness, and you do not need to take any further action at this time. If you have been identified as a close contact, you would have received a separate notification from the Office of Student Health and Wellness with quarantine instructions. Click to read full letter.

Amundsen Parent Series: May 10th "How to talk with your children about money"

Parents, join Amundsen's Parent Advisory Council (PAC) on Tuesday, May 10, for “How to talk with your children about money,” presented by Rebecca Maxcy, Director and Principal Investigator at the University of Chicago Financial Education Initiative. Registration is required for this session. Register by clicking on the link above.

Support the Class of 2022!

Show our Viking seniors some love by donating to FOA’s end-of-year fundraising campaign benefiting the Class of 2022. The funds raised will help cover Prom and Graduation Fees to ensure that every Amundsen senior can participate in these milestone celebrations. The goal is to raise $5,000 by Monday, May 16. Donate by clicking on the link above.

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for the second annual Friends of Amundsen end-of-year block party, Friday, June 10, 4-7pm, in the Amundsen backlot.

Amundsen Parent Series: April 26 International College Experience Presentation

Parents, join Amundsen's Parent Advisory Council (PAC) on Tuesday, April 26, for “Learning more about the International College Experience,” presented by AHS parent Saskia Hofman, who will share her extensive experience with education abroad. Registration is required for this session. REGISTER by clicking on the link above.

Mark your calendars for MAY 18!

Lou Malnati's, Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park, and Old Irving locations, will donate 20% of your purchase to Friends of Amundsen to support our fabulous school!
*Don't forget to mention the Amundsen fundraiser when you order.*
Thank you, Lou Malnati's!!!

The Amundsen 2021-2022 yearbook is officially on sale!

Don't forget to purchase a yearbook by April 22nd! Any purchases after April 22nd will be shipped directly to your home.

Follow the steps below or use the QR code to purchase the yearbook online.

1. Go to www.treering.com/activate
2. Click "Buy a Yearbook"
3. Type in our passcode - 101604672229371
4. Complete your account and customizable pages!

If you need help, please email [email protected] or visit our table at Report Card Pick-Up on April 21st! We will have a table to support online purchases of the yearbook.
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