PACTT School - Jan. Parent Update
Your monthly collection of tidbits, reminders and photos
Happy New Year!
And ... we're back! Our classrooms have been enjoying a bit of not-quite-winter reprieve this week, as they get back into their regular routines. This month, in addition to our smattering of fun pics (lots from our annual downtown holiday trip), I have a few reminders and announcements including:
- Calendar reminders
- Staff news
- Wintry procedures (snow days, sick kiddos, warm gear)
- Sensory room update
- How you can help
Thanks for reading!
January Calendar Reminders
- Wed., Jan. 13th - 1:45 Dismissal, Staff In-Service*
- Fri., Jan. 15th - End of Quarter 2
- Mon., Jan. 18th - NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Day)
* For this month's in-service, we are excited to welcome Rush pediatric neurologist Dr. Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, to talk to our teams about autism & the brain.
I am pleased to share that despite Kirsten's departure, we did not have an interruption in staffing. Kim Capulong joined our HS1 class on Monday, Jan. 4th. Kim was assigned to our HS1 class as a Loyola psychology intern last semester, graduated in December, and has now officially joined the team full-time. Please help us give Kim a warm PACTT welcome.
Ah - Ah - Ah - FLU!
- In an effort to keep all our students and staff healthy, we require at least a 24-hour wait time before students with contagious illnesses, fever, vomiting or diarrhea can return to school. That is, a student may return to school 24 hours after the last incident of vomiting or diarrhea, and fever-free, without the aid of medication.
- If a student becomes significantly ill at school (particularly with flu-like symptoms), the student will be isolated as much as possible, and parents will be called to pick him or her up. PACTT group home residents will be sent to the group home, or to their family home, based on type and degree of illness, and after consultation with parents, residential team, and nurse if applicable.
How you can help
- Disinfecting wipes (e.g. clorox, lysol)
- Kleenex tissue
- Hand sanitizer
- Extra gloves & hats
Hats and scarves and gloves, oh my!
Everything you needed to know about snow days, PACTT-style:
- If CPS and other nearby districts close because the weather (typically snow-related) prohibits buses from safely transporting to school, we will likely close as well.
- If districts close because of low temperatures, we will likely remain open, since we don't have to worry about students walking to school in the cold.
- We will post weather-related updates on Facebook, Twitter, and our website, and send emails and Remind messages to parents. (To be added to our Remind notifications - you choose whether to receive email or text updates - go to: remind.com/join/pactt)
If we are open, but your district transportation is closed, then you can still bring your child in. However, if you'd prefer to keep your child home, then please do so. Just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), or give us a call (773-338-9102 x1) and let us know not to expect him/her.