District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

Wishing everyone a fun, safe and healthy winter break!

December 15, 2020

In this issue...

  • SIP Day
  • Winter Break Schedule
  • Quarantine Updates / Travel Guidance
  • English Learner Testing
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Project
  • Educator of the Year
  • Glenbard Parent Series
  • D41 Kids Foundation
  • Last Food Pick Up

SIP DAY - Friday, December 18

Friday, December 18 is a scheduled SIP Day in District 41. ALL students (except for Pre K and K) in both remote and blended learning will participate in learning from 8:30 a.m to 11 a.m. PM classes will not be held due to teachers working on school improvement. No in-person or remote learning will occur in the PM on this SIP day.
NOTE: Pre K and K students will not attend school on this SIP Day

Winter Break Schedule and Saliva Sample Collection

District 41 schools will be closed for Winter Break beginning Monday, December 21 through Friday, January 1, 2021.

District 41 will be in full remote learning on January 4, 5 and 6 while we collect and test saliva samples for the COVID-19 surveillance program. We will send a robo call and an email out the evening of Wednesday, January 6, to confirm returning to blended or not.
Please plan for being back in the blended in-person model on Thursday, January 7.

Please drop off the saliva samples on the following dates/times (at any D41 school):

  • January 4, 8 a.m. to 6 pm.

  • January 5, 8 to 10 a.m.

Some reminders about saliva testing:

  • Click here for a video about how to provide a saliva sample.
  • There are unique bar codes for each individual. Please use the tubes that were provided in the bag with your child's name on it.
  • If you recieve a negative test of any kind, but have symptoms, do not attend school in person and call the school nurse.

DCHD Releases Quarantine Update

Click Here to read the latest about quarantine guidance.

"DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) advises COVID-19 close contacts to ideally complete a 14-day quarantine period per the CDC-endorsed recommendation. At a minimum, a 10-day quarantine period must be completed; in both options, additional criteria must be met with daily symptom monitoring and continued masking for COVID-19 illness through Day 14. DuPage County Health Department continues to recommend only the full 14-day quarantine period in high-risk, congregate settings, such as long-term care facilities, correctional and detention facilities, and college/university student housing."

Travel Related Quarantine Information

If you plan to travel during winter break (or anytime during the school year), please review and follow the Illinois Department of Public Health travel guidance for quarantines. If you do travel and quarantine related to travel, the days out of school are considered unexcused absences.

  • If the student misses their in-person (core) part of the day and participates in their remote part of the day it will count as a half day unexcused absence.

  • If the student.misses both their in-person (core) part of the day and their remote part of the day, it will count as a full day unexcused absence

Teachers will provide work to the students in travel quarantine when they return, but the students will not be moved into full remote learning while they are out of school for quarantines due to travel/vacation/visits with family.

English Learner Testing Begins in January 2021

Students who qualify for English Learner services (ESL and some Dual Language students) will begin testing with the state-mandated ACCESS test in January. Letters will be sent home to qualifying families with more detail. All students, whether receiving ESL instruction remotely or in-person, will be scheduled for test sessions. Testing must occur in-person with a certified teacher. Teams will reach out to families to set-up testing appointments. Students grades 1-8 will need to use their Chromebooks and their personal earbuds to take the test. All recommended safety protocols will be followed during testing sessions.

Join the Glen Ellyn Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conversation

Make your voice heard by joining an affinity group meeting as part of the Glen Ellyn Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Project that kicks off in January! These listening sessions, listed below, are designed to hear the collective feedback of Glen Ellyn community members pertaining to their passions, culture, and roles/responsibilities related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

If you are interested in participating in an affinity group virtual meeting on January 28, please contact Dawn Bussey at dawnbussey@gepl.org or 630-790-6760.

Affinity Group Meetings

Thursday, January 28

1 pm: Seniors Age 65+

2 pm: POC (People of Color)

3 pm: Black

4 pm: Youth Age 17 and Under

5 pm: Disability


7 pm: Women

Last Meal Pick Up is December 16

Tomorrow December 16 will be our last meal pick up prior to winter break. There will be no meal pick up on December 23 or 30. Our next meal pick up will be on January 6, 2021. Click Here for more information.

D41 Kids Foundation - Financial Assistance

Please click here or the image below for information regarding available financial assistance from the D41 Kids Foundation (in English and Spanish).

Nominate Your Pick for Educator of the Year

The Glen Ellyn Community Awards is a chance for the community to say THANK YOU to all the hard working teachers who are educating children and who go the extra mile using their time and talents to make Glen Ellyn a wonderful community to live and learn. To nominate someone for the District 41 Educator of the Year, click on the link below. The selected educator will be honored at a future event to be determined.


Voting takes place now through January 24, 2021. One vote per email. Show your support for our teachers and nominate someone today!

Glenbard Parent Series

A Community Conversation About Suicide: Student Voices, Resources and Hope

Dr. Jonathan Singer

Tue, Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MORE HERE

Colleges & Preparing for Success on the SAT, and a Preview of ‘Who Gets In and Why’

Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D.

Wed, Jan 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MORE HERE

Middle School Matters: 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive and Prepare for a Changing World

Phyllis L. Fagell

Tue, Jan 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MORE HERE

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