District 109 Update

August 21, 2020

109 Online Update

It has been a great start to the new school year! We officially kicked off instruction in 109 Online on Thursday, with thousands of students logging on all over the district. Remember, you can get all of your questions about 109 Online answered here. Below are some pictures of teachers & students in action who used #Engage109 on Twitter!

Device Help & Support

Device not working? Did something break? Parents can go to: https://www.dps109.org/Page/6078 which will provide you with contact information for technical support.


Watch District 109's video to pump you up for the school year and click here to get your own #ReadyToLearn109 sign!

Re-Entry Task Force Update

The District 109 Re-Entry Task Force held their 2nd meeting this past Tuesday. You can read the detailed minutes, see a preview of their presentation for Monday's Board of Education meeting, and read the latest resources at their new dedicated webpage: www.dps109.org/taskforce.

A reminder: You can email taskforce@dps109.org if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or ideas. This email will not respond to you. The district's Director of Communications, Eric Steckling, will monitor the inbox and collect every email to distribute to the entire Task Force on Monday mornings. The Task Force will then review the community feedback as a group as part of their weekly meetings.

Agenda for Monday's Board of Education Meeting

You can find the agenda for Monday's Board of Education meeting here and the packet of corresponding information here.

Please note that there are 2 ways to participate in public comment: leaving a voicemail on the dedicated phone line by 4:30 on Monday or by physically showing up at the District Office, where a laptop will be set up for the purposes of allowing live community participation. Attending in person is discouraged, as we will only be able to allow 10 people inside the District Office at one time.

Deerfield Rapid Response Network

District 109 is proud to partner with the Village of Deerfield and a number of public agencies in town to form the "Rapid Response Network," a group tasked to provide a clearing house of available programs and resources for families with young children. Read Mayor Rosenthal's announcement about the program and visit the webpage here.

Parenting Support During The Pandemic

The August issue of Community: The Anti-Drug's Newsletter has helpful advice for parents on getting children through the pandemic:


There's also a free webinar series available to learn about raising emotionally healthy children. Watch the video below and find out more information here: https://sixweekparentinggroup.brownpapertickets.com/

Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

August 24 -- Next Board of Education Regular meeting

August 25 -- Next Re-Entry Task Force meeting

August 28 -- Next Task Force update

In Closing... A Picture Perfect Meet & Greet Day

Wednesday was a FANTASTIC day in Deerfield, and it was such a pleasure to see our students and families at Meet & Greets at all 6 schools. It underscored how great it is to have kids back on campus, and how we need to work together as a community to wear face coverings, follow the rules, and work hard to get kids back in school as quickly as possible! See pictures below from each school!