District 109 Community Update

April 9th, 2021

Meet Mike: Get To Know Superintendent Simeck

Part 1 of 2 in a short video series where you will learn more about the new leader of DPS 109. Watch for part 2 next Friday.
Meet Mike Simeck: The New DPS 109 Superintendent (Part 1)

Missed Monday's Board Meeting? We've Got You Covered

SOMETHING GOOD: Helping Fellow Students!

Mae, a 5th grader at Walden, has been busy this year helping younger students while learning some valuable teaching skills. We were honored to hear her story at Monday's Board of Education Meeting and presented her with some swag for her teaching corner this week! If you want to watch her story, click on the full recording above... she's the very first thing on the agenda!

COVID News Update

You will find the same information in the video as you do written below. Watch or read, you choose!
DPS 109 COVID News Update: Friday, April 9


The Village of Deerfield announced today that the Patty Turner Center Vaccination site will be available to everyone that lives and/or works in Lake County and is 16+ starting on MONDAY (by appointment only). Click here for more info: http://www.deerfield.il.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=484


When there is a COVID case connected to our district, the contact tracing process kicks into high gear. Many times we are notified late at night or very early in the morning. In these situations, that will involve a phone call to parents/guardians starting as early as 6:30 am ONLY if your student needs to quarantine and will be unable to attend school. We really don't want to be calling that early, but we really need to make sure we reach you and also want to give you as much time as possible to plan accordingly for the day ahead. A district or school administrator will leave a voicemail if you don't answer and you will also receive a follow-up email with additional information.


Our school administrators and bus drivers are reminding students to sit in their assigned seats, and are monitoring the buses in order to ensure that the seating chart is being followed, but we could use your encouragement as well! Please remind your child of the importance of the assigned seats, as they are a critical component of our contact tracing process.

-5-day SHIELD positivity rate is 0.05%. (April 1, 5-8)

-Overall SHIELD positivity rate is 0.08% (out of all valid samples collected since Feb 17)

-New cases per 100K is 93.87 for zip code 60015 (orange range)

-New cases per 100K for Lake County is 104.86 (red range)

-Positivity rate for Lake County is 3.2% (blue range)

Shepard's Learning Commons Is Getting A Twin!

Thanks to a grant, you will soon see a whole new digital companion to Shepard's LC. Watch the short video below to learn more.
Shepard LC Is Going Virtual!