District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

January 26, 2022

In this issue…

  • COVID-19 Dashboard
  • Former D41 Student Heading to Olympics
  • Snow Day/Cold Day Procedures
  • Safety Session Webinar
  • Revised Guidance Reminder
  • 5Essentials
  • Nominate the D41 Educator of the Year
  • GPS Series
  • Rental Assistance Program Open

COVID-19 Dashboard

The District 41 COVID Dashboard is a way for the public to monitor both the number of positive covid cases reported for students and staff as well as the number of people quarantined in the district due to close contact with someone who has tested positive. The dashboard will be updated every Monday by the end of the day.

CLICK HERE for the District 41 COVID-19 dashboard.

NOTE FOR PARENTS: Please check your email the morning after your child takes the SHIELD saliva test at school. At times we receive the results overnight and will email the information to you early the next morning.

Former District 41 Student Heading to the Olympics

On January 5th, former Ben Franklin student, 2014 Hadley Junior High graduate, and Glen Ellyn native Ethan Cepuran won the men's 5000 meter race in the U.S. Speedskating Long Track Olympic Trials in Milwaukee. Ethan took the lead in the final lap and held on to win the race in a photo finish. The win qualified Ethan for a trip to Beijing next month as a member of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Long Track Speedskating Team. Congratulations to Ethan and his family for this amazing accomplishment!

To watch the qualifying race that earned Ethan a trip to the 2022 Olympics CLICK HERE!

Snow Day and Cold Day Procedures Reminder

The decision to close school is made after assessing current and predicted weather, road conditions, and other factors. Questions that are considered include: Is it safe to be on the roads? Can teachers get to school? Can the buses run? Do we anticipate significant delays to our buses? Is it safe for students to be outside waiting for buses? Is it safe for students to walk? Is the weather expected to clear, remain the same or get worse?

Ideally, D41 will make the final decision to close school due to weather no later than 5:30 a.m. If the decision is to close school, D41 immediately informs parents through automated phone calls, email, www.d41.org and on Facebook and Twitter. D41 also posts its closing information on Emergency Closing Center. Please keep in mind that interruptions in power, phone or Internet service may affect our ability to implement these communication processes.

Regardless of whether or not school is in session, parents always have the option to keep their child home for an excused absence if they feel the weather conditions warrant. It’s a good idea for families to have a back-up childcare plan in place in case school is ever closed due to weather or another emergency.

Visit our Weather and School Closures webpage HERE.

Sign up for E-News HERE.

NOW VIRTUAL: Safety Session Webinar for Parents Happens TOMORROW

Glen Ellyn Police Department Sergeant Craig Holstead will present an ONLINE safety session for parents TOMORROW Thursday, January 27, 7 p.m. Sergeant Holstead will share information about safety in District 41 and provide information about emergency response procedures. He will also provide a brief training for parents/community members on the Run. Hide. Fight protocol that we also teach students and staff in all of our school buildings.

To join the webinar, CLICK HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83180286748

Revised Guidance for Isolation and Quarantine

The isolation and quarantine period for students and staff members sick with COVID-19 or considered a close contact has been reduced to five days, if they are symptom free.

The Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois State Board of Education and the DuPage County Health Department announced that the agencies have adopted CDC guidance for P-12 schools that halves the isolation and quarantine period. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidance for P-12 schools on January 6.

As a result, District 41 has implemented this updated guidance. If you have been in isolation or quarantine and it has been more than 5 days AND you are symptom free, you may return to school as indicated below. This announcement does not change the State of Illinois mask requirement for anyone inside school buildings. The Governor’s indoor mask mandate for school is still in effect until further notice.

Click here for more details.

5Essentials Parent Survey

All parents are encouraged to participate in a brief survey to help District 41 gather valuable data to inform school improvement. The Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey is administered annually by the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey is open.

Click here to take the survey and choose “Parent Survey.” The deadline is March 11.

Each school needs at least 20 percent parent participation for a data report to be provided for the school. For more information about the survey, see below. Thank you in advance for your participation. Your feedback is very much appreciated!

For questions regarding the survey, please call Department of Wellness at (217) 782-5270 or email 5Essentials@isbe.net​.​​​​​​​​​

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D41 Educator of the Year - Nominate Today!

For 58 years, Glen Ellyn has been honoring the BEST of what and who makes Glen Ellyn such a wonderful village to live, work and play. Many of our civil servants, businesses, non-profits and residents have risen up consistently through these obstacles to support their community, reorganize their business plan, and go above and beyond. These are the individuals behind what makes Glen Ellyn great. One of the winners to be selected will be the D41 Educator of the Year. For more information CLICK HERE. To nominate, CLICK HERE

Upcoming Glenbard Parent Series Events

Dr. Michael Allen

Wed, Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Preparing to Achieve: Full Life Ahead

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Tue, Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Real American: A Memoir

For the full list of Upcoming Speakers CLICK HERE

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Illinois' new COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program Open

The Illinois Housing Development Authority has opened a new federally funded round of assistance as of Monday, Dec. 6. If you are behind on rent due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for up to $25,000 and 18 months of emergency rental payments. To learn more about how you can sign up for this program and whether you qualify for help, please visit www.illinoishousinghelp.org

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