District 109 Community Update

March 12th, 2021

Sights & Sounds of a Great Week!

Sights & Sounds of This Week at DPS 109!

Thinking Spring Break

We are just one week away from starting spring break! It feels like we all need a break more than ever with the school year we have been through.

Here's a reminder about the latest quarantine protocols & information. DPS 109 cannot impose a mandatory quarantine on those who travel so we are strongly encouraging everyone that no matter what your plans are, you and your family stay safe, observe social distancing, and get a chance to recharge your batteries!

We have made incredible progress as a community to reopen schools and are Let's all look out for each other and keep this positive momentum going.

COVID Metrics Update

-Current SHIELD positivity rate is 0.12% (out of 5,021 valid samples collected)

-New cases per 100K is 67.9 for zip code 60015 (orange range)

-New cases per 100K for Lake County is 63 (orange range)

-Positivity rate for Lake County is 2.8% (blue range)

New Guidance from ISBE/IDPH

This week, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education released new guidance related to operating schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the full guidance by clicking the button below.

The most important change is that IDPH is revising the recommendation for social distancing for in-person learning. Social distance for in-person learning is now defined as 3 to 6 feet for students and fully vaccinated staff.

Their main five points, which align with DPS 109's practices, are:

1. Require universal and correct use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE),

including face masks;

2. Require social distancing be observed, as much as possible;

3. Require contact tracing in combination with isolation of those with suspected or

confirmed COVID-19 and quarantine of close contacts, in collaboration with the local

health department;

4. Require an increase in schoolwide cleaning and disinfection and maintenance of healthy

environments; and

5. Require promotion and adherence to handwashing and respiratory etiquette.

DPS 109 Featured On Walgreens Website!

Walgreens has a nice feature about our vaccine clinic with them, including a profile of our very own Mrs. Barr from Kipling! Give it a read!


Everything COVID-Related in a 3-Minute Video

DPS 109 COVID News Update: Friday, March 12, 2021
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Board Briefs

The Board Briefs from Monday's Board of Education meeting can be found by clicking on the button. The next meeting is on Monday, April 5.

5 Essentials Survey -- We Need You!

We still need more parents to participate! The deadline is April 2nd!

Click the button and select the appropriate survey to begin. Your identity and responses will be kept completely confidential and will not be connected to you or your child. The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.