March 19, 2021
March 22 - March 26
No School - Spring Break
Thursday, April 1
Last day of Hybrid Learning
Friday, April 2
No School - District Closed
Monday, April 5
No School - Staff Planning Day
Tuesday, April 6
No School - Staff Planning Day
Wednesday, April 7
First Day of Adapted In Person - Wednesday Late Start
Have you completed the 5 Essentials Parent Survey yet?
Your input on this statewide survey -- given to parents of all students throughout the state of Illinois -- helps us improve our schools for our students. As a parent, taking the survey will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness. The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered for the Illinois State Board of Education by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:
- Effective Leaders
- Collaborative Teachers
- Involved Families
- Supportive Environments
- Ambitious Instruction
Prior research in more than 400 schools shows that schools strong on at least 3 of the 5 Essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student outcomes.
Please click here to take the parent survey. We ask that you take the survey for each school in which you have a child. We will be pleasantly persistent in the coming weeks as we hope to reach 100% participation before the survey closes on April 2nd, 2021.
Spring Break Travel: The Details
The District follows the guidance of the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) for domestic travel. CCDPH aligns its guidance to the City of Chicago, so you will see links to Chicago information; these rules also apply to suburban Cook County.
If you travel to a state on the yellow list, you do not need to take a COVID test or quarantine upon return. You must maintain strict masking and social distancing and monitor your health for COVID-19 symptoms, both during and after travel.
If you travel to a state on the orange list, you must follow the quarantine guidelines, even if you visit the state for less than 24 hours:
- 10-day quarantine - OR -
- Pre-arrival negative test result (no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival) with strict masking, social distancing and avoidance of in-person gatherings. (New from CCDPH: Rapid and PCR tests are acceptable for travel purposes; note that a positive rapid test followed by a negative PCR will still be treated as positive.) - OR-
- If you are not able to get a test within 72 hours before returning, you can take a test when you return as long as you quarantine until you receive a negative test result. The Flick Park testing location has easy online scheduling. - OR -
- Be fully vaccinated, defined as two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or two weeks after one dose of a single-dose vaccine (while remaining symptom-free and maintaining masking and distancing). - OR -
- Have had COVID-19 (within 90 days after onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, their positive test).
NOTE: parents must provide negative test results for their children who travel.
The health department updates the yellow/orange list and other guidance every other Tuesday, and the next date for a change is Tuesday, March 23. Therefore, the health offices will address any changes that may take place over Spring Break when they return on March 29.
For international travel, the District follows CDC guidelines requiring at least a seven-day quarantine upon return. The CDC requires all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Then, 3-5 days after you return, you can test again and return to school with a negative test after 7 days. If you do not test, you can return to school after 10 days.
For Any Travel
In all cases, those who have traveled must continue to:
Monitor for symptoms for 14 days of returning from travel
Practice distancing and mask wearing
Where to Send Results
Staff members who travel should submit test results to their building principal or supervisor. Parents should send their children’s test result to your school’s health office:
Attea: Bernadette Godley
Glen Grove: Jennifer Hastings
Henking: Kathy Walstrom
Hoffman: Kathy Haring
Lyon: Sydney Hellmer
Pleasant Ridge: Kathleen Pickard
Springman: Kathy Szwedo
Westbrook: Munhi Sohn
Health offices are closed over Spring Break; you will not receive a confirmation that your submission was received, but health office staff will be reviewing test results starting on Monday, March 29. As always, it is necessary for you to complete the daily assessment accurately, indicating that you have traveled and have submitted a negative test.