Wright-ings E-Notice

Daniel Wright Junior High School E-Notice - Jan. 13, 2021

Transitioning Back to In-Person Learning

Welcome DW Learners!: We are all excited to see the smiling faces of our students in-person at DW and to continue to provide our remote learners with rigorous synchronous instruction! The staff has been busy planning for what in-person learning will look like for students while working to enhance our remote learning experiences. We stay focused on balancing our need for safety and ensuring a positive learning environment where students flourish academically, emotionally and socially either remotely or in-person.

COVID-19 Checklist & 3~W’s: We ask for parents' partnership during this unprecedented time. For the safety of our students and staff, we request that parents review the COVID-19 symptom checklist prior to coming to school. If your child has any of the following symptoms, your child must be kept home. Please refer to Superintendent’s Scott Warren’s letter on travel.

    • Fever or chills

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Fatigue

    • Muscle or body aches

    • Headache

    • New loss of taste or smell

    • Sore throat

    • Congestion or runny nose

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Diarrhea

When students arrive at school, they will have their temperature taken. Any student with a fever of 100.4 or higher, or demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms, will be sent home from school. The school nurse will advise parents of exclusion steps based on the Illinois Department of Public Health Interim Exclusion Guidance.

We ask that parents begin having children practice wearing masks, socially distancing, and developing hand washing routines to prepare for these same expectations when in-person at Daniel Wright. All students will be expected to adhere to the 3~W’s; wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance. Please send your child to school with enough masks since they might need to change masks as they become moist.

DW bathrooms will have social distance guidelines. We ask that students social distance when using the bathroom, washing hands and always leave their masks on. Our custodial staff will be cleaning restrooms hourly to help them stay clean. The bathrooms will also have stalls and urinals blocked off so that students are able to socially distance.

In-Person Learning Pods & School Supplies: Students have been placed in learning pods. A pod is a cohort of students who stay together throughout the day. Each pod of students is assigned to a physical classroom and teachers will rotate in for each content area. Students will move to Creative Arts, Health and PE classes, however they will remain with their cohort for these courses. Although students will not be changing for PE, we will be maximizing our outdoor spaces and encourage students to bring hoodies and coats as the weather changes.

All students will have their own individual desks and will not sit at tables with multiple children. Students are spaced 6 feet from other students. Non-essential furniture and supplies have been removed from the classrooms. Students will not be assigned lockers and are required to use their own individual materials that can be kept in personal backpacks in the classroom. Please be sure to have your child bring their own personal school supplies with them to school. Students will not share supplies.

Mask Breaks, Lunch & Water Bottles: Students will have a midday break that include a 30-minute lunch and flex time. Most pods will eat lunch in the classroom; some may eat in the cafeteria. Regardless of location, students will be able to remove their masks and utilize the plexiglass divider that can be placed on their desk while eating. Microwaves will NOT be available to students to warm up lunch items from home; please be sure to provide items that do not require heating. The district offers a free hot lunch program for all of our interested students. Beginning, Tuesday, January 19, students are encouraged to take advantage of the Quest free lunch program offered to everyone. Please complete this form if your child has specific food considerations Dietary Restrictions Form.

Students will have opportunities throughout the day to take supervised mask breaks. Students might be taking walks, engaging in the curriculum outside, or participating in an active staff-led activity. Such activities are necessary to help students adjust to wearing masks for an extended period of time, every day. Because of the cold weather, please be sure your child brings a coat, hat and gloves so they can take advantage of being outdoors in fresh air. If you have not started to practice wearing a mask, social distancing, and developing a hand washing routine, please do this as soon as possible.

We also ask that students bring a filled water bottle to school with them daily. Students will be able to keep their water bottles near their desks in the classroom space and they will also be able to use our bottle filling stations located throughout the school. Having a filled water bottle will eliminate the need to use the hallways as we are trying to limit multiple students in the hallways at a time. Additionally, drinking modules on fountains have been disabled and only water bottle filling stations can be used.

DW Front Office Accessibility: Daniel Wright’s office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, however only staff is permitted inside the building. If a parent needs to speak with the office, they can be reached at 847- 295-1560. Parents can drop off and pick up materials in our new front vestibule. If you are leaving materials for your children, please make sure to label the students name, grade, and teacher.

Late Arrival or Early Dismissal of In-Person Students: Although parents are always welcome to come into the DW vestibule to sign students in or out of school, we are providing a “no contact” procedure. Parents may use this google form or parents can use their smartphone to scan the QR attendance code that will be posted on the front doors of the building.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up: When students arrive at school, either by bus or personal vehicle, we ask that students enter the building at the door closest to their pod. An email from the DW Administration will be sent to students and parents indicating which door they should enter and exit the school. Students will not be allowed in the building before 8:15 a.m. Students should not be dropped off prior to 8:15 a.m.

Transportation: Bus routes for in-person learning beginning on January 19 have been posted in PowerSchool. If you changed your mind about transportation and would now like it provided for your child, please fill out the Transportation Request/Change/Joint Custody Form.

Please review this diagram to understand the flow of cars and buses and locations of assigned doors and pod locations DW Drop Off/Pick Up Doorways & POD Room Locations. Please note that some room assignments, entrance/exit doors and POD locations have changed since the fall.

  • AM Parent Drop Off: Drop students at assigned door entry.
  • AM Bus Drop Off: Buses will stop at each door, students should exit at their assigned doorway.
  • PM Parent Pick Up: Students being picked up will exit the same door they entered the building.
  • PM Bus Pick Up: Students will exit the front of the building at Door A.
  • Bike Riders: Racks are located at the front of the building. Students should enter Door A.

Staff will be available at each entrance way to meet all students and provide them with direction if needed.

School Start and Bell Schedule: The first day of in-person school will be Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The school day for all grades, all learners, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:35 p.m. Please refer to the Bell Schedule for more information.


Michelle Blackley

Principal of Daniel Wright

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This LFF Legacy Brick Fundraiser video, narrated by Daniel Wright Principal Michelle Blackley and featuring the new school mascot, outlines the project. This is a great opportunity to bring our community together, so please consider a donation. The Learning Fund and all of our schools appreciate your generous support.

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Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

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