District Connection

A message from Superintendent Dr. James M. Gay

Representative Burke: "You are living through history. Being able to get an in-depth look and be able to analyze what's going on for yourselves is something you are going to use for the rest of your lives."

State Rep Kelly Burke Visits Stagg High School

October 23, 2020

This week State Representative Kelly Burke visited Stagg High School where she had an opportunity to tour the school to see first-hand how learning takes place in a hybrid environment. Principal Eric Olsen shared an overview of the safety protocols in place as well as how we are leveraging relationships, technology, and innovation to engage students both in the physical classroom and in the virtual classroom.

As we toured the school, we stopped to talk with students and staff members who openly shared their experiences with teaching and learning during a pandemic. Representative Burke was gracious enough to speak with AP Government students, as well. You can see a glimpse of the tour in this video.

We are fortunate to have positive relationships with our elected officials and are grateful that they are willing to take time to see how we all are working together to prepare students for their future. It is our hope that Representative Burke will share the story of what she saw first-hand with her fellow legislators and constituents. The professionalism and compassion she witnessed certainly speaks volumes about what makes us #D230Proud. You can see more #D230Proud Stories on our webpage.

Dr. Jim Gay

COVID-19 Dashboard

As we prepare to move to Stage 3 of the D230 Proud Reopening Plan next week with students attending school two days per week, we have added a COVID-19 Dashboard to our COVID-19 Updates webpage.

The COVID-19 Dashboard was created to provide the community with current information regarding Positive COVID-19 Cases and Close Contacts on our campuses. Close contact is defined by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as being within 6-feet of a positive case for more than 15 minutes within 24-hours.

The Dashboard shows this data district-wide and by each school. The dashboard will be updated by noon each Monday to reflect the data as of the close of school on the Friday before.

Currently, the dashboard shows with students back on campus one day per week, we have a positivity rate of just 0.1% last week. In the three weeks we have been in Stage 2 with around 5,789 staff and students on campus throughout the week, there have been 14 positive cases (0.24% positivity rate) and 16 close contacts (0.27% rate).

Safety Protocols Keep Us Safe

Students, staff, and families have shown great commitment to upholding the safety protocols that allow us to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools open. As I shared in my letter on Wednesday, as we transition to having more students on campus, maintaining this high level of compliance will be even more important.

This includes:

  • Completing the Daily Health Screener honestly and with a concern about the safety of all students and staff and staying home if exhibiting symptoms.

  • Wearing facemasks appropriately.

  • Washing hands regularly and using hand sanitizer.

  • Maintaining 6-foot physical distancing whenever possible.

  • Being mindful of our activity outside of school and the potential impact it may have in school.

Our ability to move to Stage 3 and to stay there is dependent on our collective efforts to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. We will continue to track on-campus data, metrics provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), and Northwestern University Medicine, and monitor the ability to maintain our safety protocols as we implement Stage 3. Working together, we are confident we will safely transition to Stage 3.

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