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Avoca District 37 - March 5, 2021

In this issue...

  • Parent/Guardian Focus Group on 2021-2022 Schedule Feedback
  • The School Calendar for March 8 - April 7
  • COVID Testing April 2, 3, and 4
  • Women's History Month Spotlight - Audre Lorde

Focus Group: 2021-22 Schedule Feedback - March 10 @ 7 pm

The regularly scheduled Parent Teacher Committee (PTC) meeting is Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. After a few regular business items, the PTC has agreed to let me use about 75 minutes to share feedback from the surveys on the proposed schedules for 2021-2022 and answer questions.


The meeting, via ZOOM, will include saving certain chat Q and A so that can be shared with the Learning Schedule Committee, which will issue a report to the Board of Education about advantages and disadvantages of the proposed schedule.


The meeting starts at 7 and all are encouraged to attend. The Focus Group will start shortly after the PTC conducts some routine business.


The link below accesses the meeting on March 10. (An additional reminder will go out Tuesday.)


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84316623865

School Calendar for March 8 - April 7

Many thanks for your patience as we made changes to the school calendar in March and April. We have made these changes to accommodate vaccinations, maximize in person instruction, and prepare for having more students learning onsite every day.


For March 8-12 and March 15-19 - Typical Hybrid Schedules

We will follow the typical hybrid schedule that has Remote Learning Mondays and alternating "A Day" "B Day" schedule Tuesday through Friday. Pre-Kindergarten and K-1 onsite learners follow the same schedules they have typically followed.


For the week of March 22-24 - No Remote Learning Monday & Parent Teacher Conferences

The schedule is altered due to Parent Teacher Conferences taking place (via ZOOM). During this week, there will not be a Remote Learning Monday. Instead, there will only be "A Days" (M & W) and "B Days" (Tu & Th). PK and K-1 will attend onsite M-Th. And Wednesday & Thursday are 1 / 2 days of attendance due to Parent Teacher Conferences!


For the week of April 5-9 - School Starts April 7

Please note that school does not begin until Wednesday, April 7. This will be the first day for all student's learning and the day we begin a daily schedule with all students who have chosen onsite to be onsite (no more alternating days, yea!) Why? Because upon returning from Spring Break our staff needs to prepare and our buildings need to be readied. Some have not taught in-person in more than a year. And one school is being used as an election day site (not our choice).

COVID Testing - April 2, 3, and 4

The most recent travel guidance includes that any traveler returning to Chicago should have a negative COVID test 72 hours prior to arrival. The District cannot monitor this, but agrees that testing is an important layer of COVID mitigation when possible. (You can see my travel guidance memo here.)


In order to mitigate the potential spread of COVID in the schools and community prior to returning to school from Spring Break, Marie Murphy will be a COVID testing site on April 2, 3, and 4. All New Trier township schools will be encouraging staff, students, and parents to get tested at our site prior to students returning to school.


Testing is free and results are returned within 24-48 hours. Results go directly to the individual, not the school. Anyone who receives a negative test should contact the school nurse and follow the guidance provided, including related to quarantine and contact tracing.


Those who are insured should bring an insurance card, as insurance companies are billed directly. Those who do not have insurance only need to bring ID. The company conducting the tests - North Shore Clinical Labs - is reimbursed through a federal program.


Please stay be on the lookout for a link to an EventBrite page to sign up for your test on April 2, 3, or 4.

Women's History Spotlight - Audre Lorde

I could have spotlighted Ms. Lorde during Black History Month, and her impact and influence on American poetry and feminism and gender studies is profound. ZAMI was one of the most powerful books I read in my 20s and I highly recommend it (for adults).


Click on this link to see a a profile on Audre Lorde from the American Academy of Poets. When you get a chance, check out one of her books.