District 109 Community Update
May 27th, 2021
Just One Week To Go: A Message From Mike
District 109 families,
As we near the end of the 2020-2021 school year, I want to provide a snapshot of what the fall is likely to look like and what questions we can answer today. You can watch the Superintendent’s Report presented to the Board of Education on Monday here. All of this is subject to change based on federal, state, and county guidance, which as we know, can change with little notice.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) passed a resolution last week essentially stating that schooling in Illinois is defined as being in person. The expectation is that schools reopen in the fall with full school days for all grade levels.
While not eliminating remote learning altogether, ISBE made clear that districts will not be required to provide remote learning except for students who are not eligible for the vaccine and are quarantining. The District is currently exploring requirements and options for remote learning.
ISBE also clarified this week that masks will be required in schools next year.
We will be following all health and safety protocols laid out by federal, state, and county health agencies and will communicate any requirements that deviate from our current practices.
Lunch and recess protocols will look very similar to what they are now. The most important guidance from ISBE is the requirement for 6’ or more distance between students at lunch.
We will pay close attention to any vaccine developments and advocate for our students to have opportunities to be vaccinated when they are eligible.
The “Test to Stay” pilot classroom quarantine program will continue through our summer school Extended School Year (ESY) programming. Our hope and expectation is that the “Test to Stay” pilot program will demonstrate on a county-wide basis what we’ve learned internally. Our experience is that when appropriate mitigation measures are in place, students that are 3-6 feet away from a student testing positive do not contract COVID and thus don’t need to be quarantined.
We are exploring the degree to which any adjustments need to be made to the SHIELD testing schedule but expect to continue SHIELD testing in some form.
We will not continue weekly updates during the summer and will reach out if major developments occur. You can expect updates on these topics at the June and July Board of Education meetings. Thank you again for your outstanding flexibility, patience, and collaboration as we have navigated all of the changes this year.
Michael V. Simeck
Superintendent of Schools, Deerfield 109
School Fee Delay for the 2021-2022 School Year
REMINDER: Due to technical issues with the company that runs Family Access; frees for the 2021-2022 school year were not posted on May 15th as originally intended. We will keep you informed of when fees are posted and will make adjustments to the due date for payments. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Bus Security Cameras
Last month, the Board of Education approved the purchase and installation of cameras for our school buses. We wanted to remind you of the section concerning video and audio monitoring systems on page 22 of our handbook.
Something GOOD: Honors For Two Of Our Own!
COVID News Update: The LAST video!
WHAT DOES NEXT FALL LOOK LIKE?
See Superintendent Simeck's message above.
ISBE REQUIRING MASKS FOR 2021-2022
As of right now, the Illinois State Board of Education has clarified that they will be requiring masks in schools for the 2021-2022 school year.
-5-day SHIELD positivity rate is 0.05%. (May 20, 21, 24-26)
-Overall SHIELD positivity rate is 0.06% (out of all valid samples collected since Feb 17)
-New cases per 100K (as of 5/25) is 22.54 for zip code 60015 (yellow range)
-New cases per 100K (as of 5/19) for Lake County is 42.07 (yellow range)
-Positivity rate (as of 5/15) for Lake County is 2.2% (blue range)