Chess in the Schools: FAQs during COVID-19

Q: How are your programs impacted?

A: For the 2021 – 2022 school year, all four CIS programs are being provided in person. We are following COVID guidance of New York City and the Department of Education. Some program elements may be offered remotely to enable more participation by those unable to attend on site. All CIS employees are fully vaccinated and wear face coverings when working with students.

School Program: CIS instructors are all working in-person with their assigned schools to teach school-day chess lessons and after-school chess clubs. 

Tournaments: We have planned 21 in-person tournaments throughout this school year. In addition, we will offer occasional opportunities to play in online events. Check our Tournaments page for information. 

College Bound Program: For our high school students, the College Bound Program will be provided through a combination of in-person and remote sessions. All participants must wear face coverings. 

CIS Teacher Training Institute: We will offer both in-person and remote training workshops this year. All participants must wear face coverings and provide proof of vaccination.

Q: How can I contact the CIS office?

A: To email a general question regarding Chess in the Schools, please email us at info@chessintheschools.org

If you know the email address of the staff member, please contact them that way. Office staff also have remote access to voicemails left on office phones. 

Q: How can I help?

A: If you can donate, your support will help us reach more students. Financial help is crucial at this time.

Current donors: We hope you will consider maintaining your giving level, or even increasing your gift if you have the ability.

Never donated to CIS?: We need your help now, more than ever before.

Questions about giving?: Please contact Elena Ryabova, Director of Development, at eryabova@chessintheschools.org

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