Weekly Communique

October 16, 2020

Return to School Form Please Submit by today at 10 pm

Return to School Form


Today is the last day to complete the form indicating your choice of in-school or remote learning. If you do not complete the form, we will attempt to contact you directly. Please know that if we are unsuccessful, we will automatically keep your student in remote programming. Below is the link for the Form:

Return to School Form

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Thoughts from Dr. Pacatte

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, meetings were held to review information related to the return to school plan that was released on Monday with our community. At these meetings, I shared information related to how the metrics being provided by the Lake County Health Department are being used to inform decisions as to a possible return to the buildings and/or a possible return to full remote learning.


The two most important data points that we will be using are the incident rate and the positivity rate. Of those two points, the incident rate is the most influential as it is indicative of the presence of the virus, throughout your local area. The Lake County Health Department has a School Dashboard that allows anyone to monitor these factors daily. I am including the link for you below. On this site are two different views of the data, one is for the county and the other is for the zip codes of the areas of interest. Our predominant zip codes are 60031, 60083, and 60087. Please be sure to check the boxes for those zip codes if you choose to monitor the numbers.


https://covid19response-lakecountyil.hub.arcgis.com/pages/schools-dashboard


The zip code numbers are adjusted as positive case information is confirmed. As an example, just because you test in Waukegan doesn’t mean you live in Waukegan, or if you use your parent's address, but really live in the city, your positive case must go against the zip code in the city. This information is gathered through contact directly with the individual testing positive. As a result, numbers you saw the day before may be different the next day as the confirmation information comes in to the health department. This lag time is why it is so important that you monitor rates over time and not just react to a single day’s information. The Lake County Health Department recommends you make changes in your instructional program based on the data over a 10 day period. That means, if we are in full remote, we need to have an allowable rate for incidents and positivity 7 out of 10 days. On the converse, if we are in school, we do not return to full remote unless we have 7 out of 10 days with rates that are too high.


As I am writing this piece, we are currently too high to return. Our incident rate over the last 10 days has run from 16 - 24. We must be below 14 for 7 out of 10 days. Our positivity rate has run between 6-9. We must be below 8 for 7 out of 10 days. We are planning to place our daily information on our web page. We will only post the numbers once the lag time has been accounted for by the county.


I know this is a lot of information. In an effort to be as transparent as possible, I feel it is worth sharing. Thank you for your patience and remember to social distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands. Each time you do it improves the chances of a return to school.

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ETO Update

New information has been received related to the latest findings of the Ethylene Oxide testing being done near Spaulding School. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has reviewed the most recent testing results and confirmed those results they felt were reliable and agreed with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's decision to note some as invalid. The new results are posted on the Village of Gurnee's website at the following link:


https://www.gurnee.il.us/news/2020/10/12/ethylene-oxide-update-39-october-12-2020

Tweet of the week

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#d56achieves

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D56 Google Meets

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Mrs. Sincora LOVES Golly! She is proud of these kiddos for working hard to make their Golly's ears. They filled her bucket to the rim! Aren't they the most adorable group of dogs?!

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Breakout rooms in Google Meet are here!!!! Mrs. Carnduff's class is soooooo excited to try these out! First for writing (peer editing) and then for small group work in social studies! So nice to see kids able to interact more with each other.

D56 Stem Series

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D56 PTO HAPPENINGS

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Warren-Newport Public Library

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Illinois Department of Public Health Information