District 109 Community Update

April 23rd, 2021

A Warm Welcome!

To newly registered families and those receiving this update for the first time. District 109 has been producing these weekly newsletters during the 2020-2021 school year to keep you in the loop since it feels like everything changes all the time! Expect to see these on Friday afternoons until school ends.

SOMETHING GOOD: Rolling With The Changes

Have you SEEN Mrs. Dubin's art party cart at Wilmot? It really is a sight to behold. We are so appreciative of all our teachers who have gone above and beyond this year, especially those that have had to "roll" with so many changes. Look for a special shoutout for them at Monday's Board of Education meeting.
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Speaking Of Monday's Board of Education Meeting...

There is a closed session that will begin at 6 p.m. The board is expected to reconvene into Open Session at approximately 6:45-7 p.m. Monday's meeting will be held in the same format as most meetings this year, with limited in-person attendance available at the District Center and most participating through Zoom. Click the button below for the agenda, Zoom info, and how you can leave public comment.

COVID News Update

You will find the same information in the video as you do written below. Watch or read, you choose!
DPS 109 COVID News Update: Friday, April 23

STARTING THE CONVERSATION... WHAT DOES SCHOOL NEXT YEAR LOOK LIKE?:

This is the BIG question that we know many of you are starting to ask. It's a topic that is being thoroughly discussed internally, and with agencies like the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Lake County Department of Health to see if they plan on adjusting any guidance in the coming weeks or months. We will begin updating you every week on the status of this key question in this newsletter. Right now, the honest answer is it's too early to say.


WEEKLY DASHBOARD UPDATES

A reminder that we update our COVID dashboard statistics, both SHIELD testing and the external numbers from LCHD and IDPH once a week on Fridays. The positive case numbers connected to each school and the on-site PCR testing numbers are updated more frequently. You will be able to see the timestamp on the testing table as to when it was updated last.


HOW WILL WE GET COVID UPDATES OVER THE SUMMER?

The goal of the weekly updates this year has been to make sure you're in the loop and not surprised by anything. But... we reach a point where weekly updates won't be necessary. Once school gets out, we will be taking a hiatus from this weekly written & video update, and will communicate in a widespread fashion with you the day after board meetings summarizing our meetings, and when any significant initiatives are in the works. We plan to make our dashboard dormant over the summer, since we will have no internal data to collect, and encourage you to visit the county & state health department for the latest COVID numbers. It has been a LONG 15 months. We should all enjoy as much of our summer as possible. Expect a more steady stream of communication starting the first week of August. Again, it's our administration's pledge to keep you up to date and ahead of big conversations, but to give you space to enjoy the break from school.

-5-day SHIELD positivity rate is 0.02%. (April 15, 16, 19-21)

-Overall SHIELD positivity rate is 0.07% (out of all valid samples collected since Feb 17)


-New cases per 100K (as of 4/21) is 63.84 for zip code 60015 (orange range)


-New cases per 100K (as of 4/21) for Lake County is 93.94 (orange range)


-Positivity rate (as of 4/10) for Lake County is 3.7% (blue range)

Earth Day/Week Celebrations!

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet This Weekend!

A reminder from our friends at Community: The Anti-Drug: You can bring unused medications to the Walgreens in Bannockburn (2501 Waukegan Road) this Saturday 4/24, 9 am - noon for proper disposal. It's part of the National #DrugTakeBackDay. Another reminder: the Deerfield and Highland Park Police Departments have drop boxes where you can do this all year long as well!

Name That K-9!

DPS 109 STUDENTS - Help name the new Lake County Sheriff's Office canine! Submit your idea for a name beginning with the letter 'D' by April 28. Students who selected the winning name can participate in the new canine’s swearing-in ceremony. Click below for the form!