Highlights of the September Board of Education Meeting
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Glenn Westlake Receives Prestigious Award
The Illinois Art Education Association has recognized Glenn Westlake Middle School as a 2021 School of Distinction. GWMS is one of only five schools receiving this prestigious award.
This recognition celebrates schools with rigorous art, design, and media education programs. To earn the School of Distinction Award, Glenn Westlake Middle School evidenced practices that directly enacted the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, the Illinois Fine Arts and Media Standards, and Social-Emotional Learning Priorities.
The School of Distinction recognition extends from 2021 until 2023, at which time Glenn Westlake Middle School can reapply for this recognition.
Congratulations to Mrs. Alicia York and her talented group of student artists for earning this award.
Vaccine Mandate & Ongoing Safety Measures
The district has been focused on properly addressing the mandate from the Governor’s Office relating to mandatory vaccines for educators, the absence of which would require those individuals to participate in weekly testing.
An expansive and supportive process was developed for each building to follow beginning the week of September 19. District 44 has a very high vaccination status for both employees and substitutes, therefore any testing processes will only impact a few.
Staff and parents should also be aware that we continue to track and report any known infections of COVID-19 via our tracker, which can be found by clicking here. This tracker provides the most up to date and frequent information about cases in our district.
This is important as media outlets do frequently report on cases in local schools. Part of that reporting includes the term "outbreak." This means that schools are seeing 2 or more cases of COVID-19 that MAY be linked to a school. We recognize that on the surface the term "outbreak" can be very alarming, so we encourage our families to check our tracker to gain a full understanding as to known and reported infections at any school.
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Note: This communication should not be viewed as a replacement to the minutes taken at each Board of Education meeting. While we aim to provide critical information about need-to-know topics, all of our stakeholders are encouraged to view the full agenda and minutes from each meeting in order to have a deeper understanding.