D91 Back to School Guide

2021-2022 School Year

Dear D91 Parents and Guardians,

The D91 board of education, administration, faculty and staff is thrilled to reopen out schools for full in person learning on Wednesday, August 18th. The first day of school is a half day and students in grades K-8 will attend from 8:30am until 11:30am. The first full day of school will occur on Thursday the 19th.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible, we will continue to utilize many of the mitigations were in place previously. These measures include wearing a mask when at school, washing or sanitizing your hands throughout the day, practicing social/physical distancing of at least 3 feet, and more. Please refer to the 2021-22 D91 In-Person Learning Plan for more detailed information on our plan keep our staff and students healthy.


Sincerely,
The D91 Admin Team

School is in session from 8:30am until 3:10pm each day - all students attend in person five days per week. Please see below for more information about arrival and dismissal.

PACKING FOR THE LEARNING DAY

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#1 Students in 3rd - 8th grade will carry their district issued Chromebook between school and home each day. There is no need to bring the charger, just make sure it is fully charged before packing it. Students in K-2 will have Chromebooks available for use in the classroom, but will not carry them home.
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School Supplies

School supply lists are linked below.


ANY family that is having difficulty with school supplies or essential school items (backpacks, lunch boxes, book bags, etc) should contact me immediately via ParentSquare message, email, or by calling the school office. We know the past year has been difficult for many.

Milne Grove students can drop off supplies on Monday, August 16th from 4-5pm. Dropping off supplies in advance is completely optional, students are welcome to bring their supplies on the first day of school as well. If you choose to drop off supplies, just head around to the back of the school and enter through the gym doors. There will not be anyone in the office to buzz you in.


Kelvin Grove students should bring their supplies with them on the first day of school.

Arrival and Entering the School(s)

  • Families are encouraged to drop off at Kelvin Grove FIRST and then head to Milne Grove.

  • Students must wear facial coverings before exiting vehicles or coming onto school property. Students may not arrive on school property prior to 8:20am. The arrival window at each school is 8:20-8:30am.

  • Parents are encouraged to remain in their vehicles or leave school grounds after escorting their child to the school building.

  • Students will enter buildings at assigned doors based upon their grade level; see list below.

  • Students should not play on playgrounds or congregate outside the buildings.

  • Students shall stand on designated markings to maintain appropriate social distancing of at least 3 feet between students.

  • Students will be required to sanitize their hands upon entry.

  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks have been suspended. Instead, EVERY child must have a one time symptom monitoring and reporting form on file (https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/8008999).

Milne Grove

At Milne Grove, all students are dropped off at the front of the school and will walk to the designated entry door. Walking parents must leave their child at the queue.


Student entry doors by grade level:

K & 1- Door B (front, east corner of building)

2 & 3- Door A (front, west corner of building)

Specialized transportation - Door B

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Kelvin Grove

At Kelvin Grove, parents may drop off using one of the three parking lots on campus. Student entry/exit doors by grade level:

4: Door #1

5: Door #3

6-8: Door #4

Specialized transportation-Door #11

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Dismissal and Leaving the School

Students will gather their materials and upon leaving the classroom, students will sanitize their hands at the sanitation station.



Staff will monitor students’ exit from the building. As they exit, students must wear their mask and maintain 3 feet of social distance between their peers as they await the arrival of a parent or guardian. Students that are walking will not be allowed to congregate and are expected to leave school grounds immediately.

Milne Grove

At Milne Grove, dismissal is based on grade level:

2nd & 3rd grade will exit the front of the building

PK, K & 1st grade will exit the back of the building

Sibling/Carpool pairs will exit according to the grade of the OLDER sibling.


ALL SIBLING PAIRS WILL MEET OUTSIDE THE OFFICE. SIBLING GROUPS WITH THE OLDEST CHILD IN K or 1st WILL GO TO THE BACK. SIBLING PAIRS WITH THE OLDEST CHILD IN 2nd or 3rd WILL DISMISS TO THE FRONT.



MG Walkers:

Families that plan to meet their children on foot must notify the office that their child is a walker. Regardless of age, your child will meet you near Door B.


Students who are walking alone will exit Door A or B depending on whether they are walking east or west on 7th.

Kelvin Grove

At Kelvin Grove, the doors for entrance and exit will be the same.

Bike riders and walkers:

  • At Kelvin Grove, these students will be dismissed from the assigned grade level door. Bike riders should walk bikes while on campus.

Bus students:

  • Staff members will encourage social distancing as students are loading buses.

  • Students will load their assigned bus and report directly to their assigned seat.

Health Office Information

Health Certifications Are No Longer Daily

BINAX Now Testing

During the 20-21 school year, D91 partnered with the Will County Health Department to bring COVID testing capabilities into our school health office. A pilot was started with our focus on symptomatic staff members. The test was easy to administer, painless, and delivered quick results. After seeing that having the tests on site significantly reduced staff quarantine absences, we began to invite students to test as well. Since we had the ability to test students on site, the number of students quarantined dropped significantly. This is great because it ensures students can access in-person learning. As we open the school year with full in person learning, we would like to continue to make quick decisions in response to students who become symptomatic at school. Having the ability to perform this rapid test and determine that the student is negative for COVID, allows our health office to avoid having to quarantine the child as well as classmates and staff members that were in close contact.


BINAX Now tests are single nostril nasal swabs that do not enter the sinus cavity. They are only administered by the nurse to symptomatic students. Most of the time, parents bring their children to school to be tested in the early morning because they have become symptomatic outside of school. Less frequently, students are tested at school.


Families may also request a paper BINAX consent form. Please call your school office.

COVID RELATED EXCLUSION GUIDANCE

Parents and Guardians,

School District 91 will be using guidance from IDPH & ISBE to open the school year. In addition, our health offices will follow the exclusion guidance provided by IDPH to determine quarantine and isolation procedures. This information can be found in a recently published document and on their school guidance webpage, both linked below.


Written communication to staff and families will follow district protocols; please note that we will only be notifying you if your student was a close contact of a positive COVID case. We will not be notifying you of COVID-like symptoms, only positive cases.


If your child is showing symptoms of illness in the morning, please keep your child home. Contact the school school nurse at either building to get further instructions on when your child can return to school.

Sample Notification Letter

See the link below for a sample COVID symptom notification letter.

What should you do if you think you have coronavirus?

10 Things You Can Do to Manage COVID-19 at Home

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Due to restrictions on eating in academic areas, students will not be consuming snack in their classrooms. We encourage a substantial breakfast to begin the day.

Breakfast & Lunch Ordering Information

Through an extended national lunch waiver, ALL D91 students are able to eat lunch for FREE REGARDLESS OF INCOME. THE MEALS ARE 100% FREE OF CHARGE FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS. Survey responses were requested by August 9th via ParentSquare from every family in order to make sure we have the correct number of meals on hand for our first meal service on Thursday, August 19th.


Children whose families completed the ParentSquare survey by August 10th will receive a bagged breakfast that will be sent home each afternoon IF they indicated YES on the breakfast participation question.


If you have questions about school lunches OR if you would like to OPT IN or OUT for breakfast or lunch, please contact:

Mrs. Dennis, Lunch Coordinator at Milne Grove
815-838-0542, ext. 2117
jdennis@d91.net

Mrs. Latham, Lunch Coordinator at Kelvin Grove
815-838-0737, ext. 1164

tlatham@d91.netThrough the SFS Program, ALL D91 students eat for FREE through REGARDLESS OF INCOME.

August 2021 Lunch & Breakfast Menus

Although students are not able to order day by day, we would like to provide the menus below for your reference. In order to manage lunchroom waste, we ask that families who have opted in consult the menus and send additional food items only when the menu item does not appeal to the child.

Picture Day is Coming - AUGUST 26th

Picture Day for D91 students is Thursday, August 26, 2021. Order your perfect package online and don’t worry about returning anything on Picture Day! If you prefer a picture day form, please check your child's backpack/folder in the coming weeks.


Milne Grove Picture Day ID - EVTVM368H


Kelvin Grove Picture Day ID - EVTCC8PFJ


Retake Day is Friday, October 8th.


https://my.lifetouch.com

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Helping Your Child Succeed

D91 is excited to welcome your child back to school!