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August 7, 2020

Important Information

All students must be registered before starting school on August 19. Please click on the link if you still need to register your student. Annual Student Registration


If you have forms or materials that need to be dropped off at the school, there will be a dropbox set up outside of the main entrance on Monday, August 10 from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM and the remainder of the week from 7:00 AM-3:30 PM.


At this time, visitors are not permitted in the building. For questions regarding registration, transfers, athletics, HAC, and parking, please see below. For general information, you can call the Main Office at 331-228-4400.


Registration & Transfers

Patty Hulfachor, Registrar

331-228-6279

patricia.hulfachor@d303.org


Athletics

Cathy Kruse, Administrative Assistant

331-228-6258

cathleen.kruse@d303.org


HAC

Lorinda Carbonara

331-228-3389

lorinda.carbonara@d303.org


Parking - Dean's Office

Tiffany Kufer. Administrative Assistant

331-228-6290

tiffany.kufer@d303.org


Mike Tomczak, Dean A-G

331-228-6016

michael.tomczak@d303.org


Timothy Mackin, Dean H-O

331-228-6464

timothy.mackin@d303.org


Sharon Stanley, Dean P-Z

331-228-3387

sharon.stanley@d303.org

Calendar

Monday 8/10

  • Late Material Pick Up (All Grades) 4:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Medication Drop Off 4:00 - 7:00 PM
  • School Board Meeting @ 7:00 PM


Wednesday 8/12

  • Medication Drop Off 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Thursday 8/13

  • Medication Drop Off 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Friday 8/14

  • Medication Drop Off 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Wednesday 8/19

  • Schedule A - First Day of School 7:20 - 11:20 AM
  • Remote Learning - First Day of School


Thursday 8/20

  • Schedule B - First Day of School 7:20 - 11:20 AM


Friday 8/21

  • Schedule A 7:20 - 11:20 AM
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Medication Drop Off

The school nurses will be available on August 10, from 4:00 - 7:00 and on August 12, 13, and 14 from 8:00 - 3:00 for medication/supply drop off.


Please follow this process:

  • Drive up to the building in the bus lane.
  • When you arrive, call the nurses’ office at 331.228.4404.
  • A Nurse will come out to your car to obtain the medication/forms.


Stay healthy!

Nurses at North - Amy Boynton, Christine Hitt, Francie Lightfine & Daneen Sash

Health Information and Requirements

The State of Illinois and State Board of Education have not issued any changes in the school health requirements for the upcoming school year and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly supports the continued provision of health care for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. This care includes well-child care (school exams), preventative care, screenings, and vaccinations. Thus, students entering school in D303 for the first time (early childhood, kindergarten, or first grades); students entering kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades; twelfth grade students requiring a meningococcal vaccine and transfer students must submit evidence of a physical examination and/or a complete record of immunizations in order to start school.


Parents/Guardians who have not already done so should reach out to their health care provider to schedule their child's mandated physical examination and immunizations. Completed exams and immunizations may be mailed to your child's school, in care of the school nurse or they may be dropped off at your child's school (please check with your student's school main office regarding office hours before dropping off forms). District 303 has a first-day exclusion policy with regard to health requirements so students who do not meet the health requirements mandated by the State of Illinois, will not be permitted to attend school until such time that they are compliant. If your child has a scheduled appointment to receive vaccines after the first day of school, a physician note indicating the date and time of your child's appointment must be submitted to the school prior to the first day.


Physical Examinations:

  • The completed physical examination and record of immunization form is expected at the school health office by the first day of student attendance.
  • Physical examinations must be done by a licensed physician, advanced practice nurse or examining physician assistant.
  • Physical examinations must be dated within twelve months prior to the first day of school.
  • Only the State of Illinois Department of Human Services Certificate of Child Health Examination form will be accepted.
  • Medical objections to any physical examination or immunization must be submitted in writing by a physician and must contain the required information.
  • Religious objections to any physical examination or immunization must be submitted by a parent/guardian in writing and must contain the required information. Click here for the religious objection form.


Immunization Requirements:

Immunization records must show proof of immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and chickenpox.


  • Sixth through twelfth grades are required to have the Tdap vaccine.
  • Sixth and twelfth grades are required to have the meningococcal vaccine.


Please make a copy of your child's health records before releasing them to the school.


Thank you,

Health Services

PTO Back to School Meeting

Please join us for an informal North PTO meeting this Monday, August 10. We will discuss what the PTO limitations/constraints will be this fall and then have an open conversation.


You are invited to share your questions, suggestions, and creative ideas to help us plan what this fall might look like for PTO supported activities. Please note that North personnel will not be in attendance until our September PTO meeting.


The meeting is Monday, August 10 at 7:00 PM. We will meet at St. Charles North High School outside, near the front entrance. Please bring a mask and a chair or blanket to sit on.


For questions, please contact Laura Thomas, PTO President, at LauraRThomas@att.net.

CUSD 303 Specialty Music Guidelines

We recognize the importance and role music plays in our students’ lives. With that said, we’d like to take this opportunity to provide you with the K-12 guidelines for students who participate in band, choir, orchestra, and general music.


Band

● In-person learning for all grades will focus on music theory and literacy. There will be no playing of brass and wind instruments at school including outdoors and practice rooms out of an abundance of caution.

● In all grades, students playing percussion instruments will be able to practice during in-person learning. If any equipment is shared among students (i.e. mallets, drum sticks, etc) they must be disinfected after each student use.

● For all students regardless of their learning environment (in-person, blended, or remote), teachers will create opportunities for them to play and record at home as a means to practice and assess individual performance skills, as well as ensemble work (virtually).


Choir

● There will be no singing at school, including outdoors, out of an abundance of caution.

● In-person learning for all grades will focus on music theory and literacy.

● For all students regardless of their learning environment (in-person, blended, or remote), teachers will create opportunities for students to sing and record at home and assess individual performance skills (virtually).


Orchestra

● Students will be allowed to play their instruments while maintaining appropriate social distancing.

● Students will keep their masks on while playing

● Students are encouraged to bring their own instrument from home (elementary - basses) (middle school and high school - cellos and basses) If any equipment is shared among students (i.e. cellos/basses) they must be cleaned after each student use.

● For our remote and blended/hybrid students, teachers create opportunities for students to play and record at home.


General Music

● For all grades, there will be no playing of wind instruments.

● If any equipment is shared among students (i.e. Orff, percussion) they must be cleaned after each student's use.

● Out of an abundance of caution, there will be no singing indoors in general music classes.


All in-person concerts/performances are suspended at this time. Our dedicated music teachers will look into the possibility of creating opportunities for virtual ensembles and performances during Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. If the state moves to Phase 3 or Phase 5 during the school year, we will revisit the above guidelines.

District 303 Return to School Plan

Dear District 303 Families:


The purpose of this communication is to provide you with an update as we prepare to implement our District 303 Return to School Plan. Our District 303 task force committees continue to meet and are adjusting our plan to be responsive to the changing guidance from the Illinois

Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education.


Many districts across the state are adjusting plans, pushing bck the start date for school, and/or deciding to open in a fully remote format due to the changing guidance and expectations. The District 303 plan has been designed to allow flexibility between the three modalities of instruction, fully in-person, hybrid/blended, and fully remote. It is expected that our district will be in at least two, if not all three of these structures at some point during the 2020-21 school year.


Beginning last school year, District 303 moved to a calendar with an earlier start date. When the calendar was developed, the purpose of the changes was to balance the semesters, finish the first semester before winter break, and align with the other districts in the area that share Fox Valley Career Center and Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative programs. Over the past weeks, most of our Mid-Valley peer districts have announced delayed openings to accommodate reopening plans.


To better align the calendar, allow additional time for staff preparation and training, respond to constantly changing guidelines, and further prepare our facilities with the needed protective measures and cleaning protocols, we are implementing the following adjustments to our plan and to the school calendar.


● The first day of school for students will now be Wednesday, August 19 2020

● The institute day scheduled for January 19, 2021 will now be a student attendance day

● The last day of school will now be Friday, May 28, 2021 (pending emergency days)


During the first week of school, August 19-21, our in-person school hours will be adjusted to dismiss students prior to lunch at each grade level. On these days, students will have the option of taking a grab and go sack lunch as they leave school to eat at home. Students will also be asked to complete a remote learning task in the afternoon.


Middle school and high school students will still follow the A/B schedule on these shortened attendance days. Bus service will continue to be provided based on this adjusted schedule.

The schedule for August 19, 20, and 21 will be:


○ AM Kindergarten - 8:00 - 9:25

○ PM Kindergarten - 10:25-12:00

○ Elementary Schools - 8:00-12:00

○ Middle Schools - 8:30-12:30

○ High Schools - 7:20-11:20


Beginning on Monday, August 24, in-person students will follow the full day schedule outlined in the Reopen School Plan. Lunch will be served at school.


Students who have elected remote learning will also begin on August 19 and will follow the remote learning schedule.


We understand the hardship and challenges these changes may place on families. We remain committed to reopening with a hybrid/blended and remote choice option for our community. Please know that due to the changing infection rate data, District 303 may need to continue to adjust our plans and eventually shift to fully remote instruction. Should additional changes become necessary, we will communicate with you as soon as possible. Our commitment to student and staff safety remains our top priority and we will adjust our plans accordingly. Thank you for your continued patience as we work together to reopen our schools.


Sincerely,


Mr. Nicholas Manheim

School Board President


Dr. Jason Pearson

Superintendent

Plan de Regreso a la Escuela del Distrito 303

Estimadas Familias del Distrito 303:


El propósito de este comunicado es proporcionarles una actualización mientras nos preparamos para implementar nuestro Plan de Regreso a las Escuelas del Distrito 303. Nuestros Grupos de Comités de Reapertura del Distrito 303 continúan reuniéndose y están ajustando nuestro plan para responder a la orientación cambiante del Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois y la Junta de Educación del Estado de Illinois.


Muchos distritos en todo el estado están ajustando sus planes, retrasando el comienzo de las clases, y/o decidiendo abrir en un formato totalmente a distancia debido a los cambios en la orientación y las expectativas. El plan del Distrito 303 ha sido diseñado para permitir la flexibilidad entre las tres modalidades de instrucción; completamente en persona, híbrido/combinado, y completamente a distancia. Se espera que nuestro distrito esté en al menos dos, si no en las tres estructuras en algún momento durante el año escolar 2020-21.


Al comienzo del año escolar pasado, el Distrito 303 se movió a un calendario con una fecha de inicio más temprana. Cuando se desarrolló el calendario, el propósito de los cambios fue para balancear los semestres, terminar el primer semestre antes de las vacaciones de invierno, y alinearse con otros distritos en el área que comparten los programas del Centro Vocacional Fox Valley y la Cooperativa de Educación Especial Mid-Valley. En las últimas semanas, la mayoría de nuestros distritos pares de Mid- Valley han anunciado aperturas retrasadas para acomodar los planes de reapertura.


Para alinear mejor el calendario, permitir tiempo adicional al personal para prepararse y completar entrenamientos, responder a las directrices que están cambiando constantemente, y preparar mejor nuestras instalaciones con las medidas de protección necesarias y protocolos de limpieza, estamos implementando los siguientes ajustes a nuestro plan y al calendario escolar.


● El primer día de clases para estudiantes ahora será el miércoles, 19 de agosto del 2020

● El día de orientación para maestros programado para el 19 de enero del 2021 ahora será un día de asistencia para estudiantes

● El último día de clases ahora será el viernes, 28 de mayo del 2021 (pendiente al uso de días de emergencia)


Durante la primera semana de clases, del 19-21 de agosto, nuestro horario de clases en persona se ajustará para dejar salir a los estudiantes antes del horario del almuerzo en cada nivel de grado. En esos días, los estudiantes tendrán la opción de llevarse un almuerzo ya preparado mientras salen de la escuela para comer en casa. También se les pedirá a los estudiantes que completen un trabajo de aprendizaje a distancia en la tarde. Los estudiantes de las secundarias y preparatorias todavía seguirán el horario de A/B en estos días de asistencia acortados. Se seguirá proporcionando el servicio de autobús basado en este horario ajustado. El horario para el 19, 20, y 21 de agosto será el siguiente:


○ Kindergarten de la mañana (AM) - 8:00 - 9:25

○ Kindergarten de la tarde (PM) - 10:25-12:00

○ Escuelas primarias - 8:00-12:00

○ Escuelas Secundarias - 8:30-12:30

○ Escuelas Preparatorias - 7:20-11:20


Comenzando el lunes 24 de agosto, los estudiantes que asisten a clases en persona seguirán en horario de día completo que se estableció en el Plan de Reapertura de las Escuelas. El almuerzo se servirá en la escuela.


Los estudiantes que eligieron el aprendizaje a distancia también comenzarán el 19 de agosto y seguirán el horario del aprendizaje a distancia.


Entendemos las dificultades y los desafíos que estos cambios pueden colocar en las familias. Seguimos comprometidos a reabrir con una opción de elección híbrida/combinada y a distancia para nuestra comunidad. Por favor, sepan que, debido a los datos cambiantes de la tasa de infección, el Distrito 303 puede necesitar continuar ajustando nuestros planes y eventualmente cambiar a una instrucción totalmente remota. Si se necesitan cambios adicionales, se los comunicaremos lo antes posible. Nuestro compromiso con la seguridad de los estudiantes y el personal sigue siendo nuestra prioridad y ajustaremos nuestros planes en consecuencia. Gracias por su continua paciencia mientras trabajamos juntos para reabrir nuestras escuelas.


Atentamente,


Sr. Nicholas Manheim

Presidente de la Junta Educativa


Dr. Jason Pearson

Superintendente

FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITES & ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

District 303 grab and go meal service will operate on Mondays and Thursdays only. Students will receive three meals on Mondays and two meals on Thursdays. Please refer to the list below for specific locations and times of service.


Thompson Middle School, 705 W. Main Street

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Monday and Thursday


Anderson Elementary School, 35W071 Villa Marie Rd.

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Monday and Thursday


Wasco Elementary School, 4N782 School Street, Wasco

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. - Monday and Thursday

A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the front of the school.


Cumberland Green Cooperative (1798 Cumberland Green-Office Lot near court #1)

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Monday and Thursday

A District bus will deliver meals to the office parking lot at 1798 Cumberland.


Prairie Point Apartments, 1820 Wessel Court

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.- Monday and Thursday

A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the park facing the road at the front entrance (Entrance nearest to Randall Road).


The Crossings, 1690 Covington

10:40 - 11:10 a.m. - Monday and Thursday.

A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the area near the clubhouse.


St. Charles Place, 15th Street and Indiana

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Monday and Thursday

A District 303 bus will deliver meals to an area in front of the apartment complex.


As we progress through the summer, we will send families additional information and reminders about the district’s meal service program. Please click here for more community meal resources.


We have compiled links to additional resources both at the national and state levels that will provide you with the most up to date information available.

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