Weekly Communique

September 10, 2021

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Thoughts from Dr. Pacatte

COVID Update

As of today, we continue to experience low levels of individuals testing positive for COVID-19. Those that are testing positive have been traced to outside activities or exposure from a family member with COVID, not originating in our schools. Unfortunately, with the positive tests, we do have some close contacts that have to quarantine. We are working to minimize situations where there is a possible risk for close contact. Bussing remains a high risk activity.


We have also experienced a higher than anticipated number of students being sent to school already sick with symptoms, despite the self-certification form being on file. Sick children should not be sent to school. If your child complains of a headache, nausea, cough, or other flu like symptoms, please do not send them to school. Please do not give them a Tylenol and send them to school; that only masks the symptoms and puts others at risk. If you know your child is not feeling well, you need to keep them home and follow the protocols including alternate diagnosis, negative PCR test, or quarantine, before you send them back to school. We recognize that some of our students have regular allergies. Please consider signing them up to participate in the testing at school to get regular information on your student's status.


Weekly Testing remains available to students. If you would like your child to participate, please complete the registration form in Skyward. We have successfully completed two weeks of testing. Of the over 1200 tests completed, we identified 2 positive asymptomatic cases. If you are signed up for testing and have not received your results, please check your spam folder. You can also add results@northshoreclinical.com to your email contact book.


Test to Stay is an option for schools. District 56 will begin offering this effective Monday, September 13, 2021. Moving forward, a student identified as a close contact can return to school the day after being sent home if they participate in testing on day 1, 3, 5, and 7. This would require parents to sign up to participate in the testing program through Skyward. A student cannot just do Test to Stay, it is only available to those participating in our testing program.

Current COVID Data As of 9/10/21

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Help Wanted

The following employment vacancies are open at Gurnee School District 56

Maintenance

Custodian

Bus Driver

Clerical Aide (short term)

Substitute Teachers


If you are interested please contact Mrs. Lori Rupsch at (847) 336-0800 for more information on how to apply.

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Starting this week, students in District 56 began taking an online assessment called i-Ready. This assessment was adopted to replace MAP tests and will help us determine the next steps to support students academically.


The i-Ready Diagnostic will provide us information on your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.


We want to share that the first sessions of testing have gone very smoothly. We look forward to sharing these results with you throughout the year and providing a learning experience that will engage your child while teaching important skills and concepts.

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Tweet of the Week

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The Book Vending Machine

Our first Spaulding student to earn a book from the book vending machine.
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Spaulding Super Hero Assembly

Spaulding students were recently treated to an assembly that featured four superheroes. Students learned about the superpowers of being safe, productive, respectful, and responsible. Every student also received a popsicle after the assembly. It was a great way to kick off the new school year.

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Attention all Viking Families: Yearbook Sale

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Warren-Newport Public Library

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