Monroe Memo 1/16/2022

Mrs. Reingruber's Weekly Update

D181 2021-22 School Year Toolkit

Check our 2021-22 School Year Toolkit for the latest information and updates.

Reporting an absence

If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please complete the appropriate absence form, which can also be found on the Monroe School website.


Reporting your student absent for an illness-related reason


Reporting your student absent for a non-illness-related reason


We ask that you please report your child's absence prior to 8:30am via our attendance line (630-861-4298) and/or the links above. Upon request of the parent, the reason for an absence will be kept confidential. If we do not receive a report in advance of the start of the school day, we will make phone calls to check on any student for whom we have not received prior information from a parent.

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 17

  • NO SCHOOL - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Wednesday, January 19

  • Monroe School Spelling Bee


Week of January 24


See the following calendars for more important dates and information

Monroe PTO Website

Please follow this link to review the PTOs most recent Newsbyte updates.

Updated Guidance

Earlier this week, updated guidance was released from the Illinois Department of Health and the Illinois State Board of Education. A summary of updates is included below for your reference:


  • Student desks remain at least 3 feet apart in classrooms and students are distanced 6 feet apart in lunchrooms.


  • Masking guidance from ISBE: When possible, please choose a surgical mask over a cloth mask. When choosing cloth masks, make sure the mask is washable, breathable, has at least two layers, and fits correctly.

    • Any mask should fit snugly over the nose and chin with no large gaps around the side of the face. Ways to improve mask fit include using a nose clip or nose wire, tying a simple knot in the ear loops, or using a brace over the mask to prevent leaks. See other suggestions from the CDC on ways to improve how a mask protects you.

    • When choosing a cloth mask, look for those made of tightly woven fabrics with two or more layers.

    • One way to ensure a mask has enough layers is to wear two. For example, wear a two layer cotton mask over a surgical mask.


  • We will continue to reiterate frequent hand washing/sanitizing with our students and staff throughout the school day.



  • We will continue to work with families to engage students in learning during COVD quarantine/isolation. Virtual instruction will not be provided when subs are present in classrooms. Students who are absent (other than covid-related quarantine/isolation) - virtual instruction will not be available.


  • Any students reported from 1/12/22 forward - please note that the new guidance is being applied. To be eligible for the early return date (isolation of only five days vs. ten) you must meet the following requirements (if you do not, you would remain at home until your 10 day quarantine is complete OR the requirements have been met)

    • Fever free for 24 hours

    • Asymptomatic OR have improved symptoms

    • Diarrhea/vomiting have ceased for 24 hours

    • Wear a mask for days 6-10 - this includes recess, outside breaks, and when not actively eating.

  • For families who have enrolled in our weekly surveillance testing, please be sure to continue to return your child's surveillance test to school on Monday mornings. If you are interested in signing up for surveillance testing, please login to Skyward, click on the forms tab, and complete the Surveillance Testing permission form for each student.


  • Parents may also upload their student's vaccination card to Skyward in an effort to reduce quarantines and keep students in school. This step is optional and information will remain confidential. To upload your card

    • Login to Skyward

    • Click the "Online Forms" button

    • Find the "Covid 19 Vaccination Card" form and click "Fill out Form"

    • Click "Choose File" to upload your vaccination card

    • Upload your card

    • Click "Complete Step 1 and Move to Step 2"

    • Enter the information into the fields

    • Click "Complete Step 2 and Move to Step 3"

    • Click "Submit COVID-19 Vaccination Card"


  • Please continue to monitor your email for updated announcements from District 181 related to COVID-19, surveillance testing, and updated health and safety guidance.

DARE Program

The 5th grade DARE program will resume this week during our PE classes. Please see the letter below from Officer Kowal for more details.
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Erin's Law Classroom Presentations

House Bill 6193, better known as Erin’s Law, was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on January 24, 2013. This law requires public schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for all students in grades Pre-K – 12.

In District 181, we have adopted the Child Lures Prevention Curriculum to meet the requirements of Erin's Law. During the week of January 24, Ms. Leinartas, Monroe School social worker, and your child’s classroom teacher will be presenting a one-time, developmentally appropriate lesson to your child's class that emphasizes healthy and safe relationships. Students will engage with age-appropriate concepts through interactive activities and discussions.


Concepts discussed during the presentation include:


Body Awareness Skills

Healthy Choices

Personal Boundaries

Appropriate Relationships

Safety Rules

Self-Advocacy Skills


Prevention programs are also supported in our District by the teaching of fundamental social and emotional skills that help children develop their abilities to know and express themselves, have positive relationships, and make good choices.


Please direct any questions related to this presentation to either Ms. Leinartas or Mrs. Reingruber.

Surveillance Testing and Vaccination Updates

For families who have enrolled in our weekly surveillance testing, please be sure to return your child's surveillance test to school on Monday morning upon our return from Winter Break.


If you are interested in signing up for surveillance testing, please login to Skyward, click on the forms tab, and complete the Surveillance Testing permission form for each student.


Parents may also upload their student's vaccination card to Skyward in an effort to reduce quarantines and keep students in school. This step is optional and information will remain confidential.


To upload your card

  • Login to Skyward
  • Click the "Online Forms" button
  • Find the "Covid 19 Vaccination Card" form and click "Fill out Form"
  • Click "Choose File" to upload your vaccination card
  • Upload your card
  • Click "Complete Step 1 and Move to Step 2"
  • Enter the information into the fields
  • Click "Complete Step 2 and Move to Step 3"
  • Click "Submit COVID-19 Vaccination Card"


Please continue to monitor your email for updated announcements from District 181 related to COVID-19, surveillance testing, and updated health and safety guidance.

Marla's Lunch Program

The Monroe PTO is proud to partner with Marla’s Lunch every Friday for our hot lunch program.


Please note - orders must be placed by Wednesday of the week PRIOR to the lunch.


EXAMPLE: Orders placed by Wednesday, January 12 will be delivered for lunch on Friday, January 21


Registration is now open - please CLICK HERE for more info.

Preparing for winter weather

Colder temperatures and snow are here to stay for the next few months! Many of our students walk to school and there are times during the day where they are outdoors. Barring any unsafe situations and adverse weather conditions, our staff will continue to integrate mask breaks on an as needed basis, provided our children have the necessary clothing items to keep them warm and dry. While snowpants may not always be needed here at school, a warm base layer always helps keep our students warm and cozy. You can use the "FROSTY FIVE" to help your child prepare for the winter weather that is to come!


Please note - jackets, boots, snow pants, hats and gloves must be worn to play in the snow during recess.

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When inclement weather is predicted, student and staff safety continues to be our number one priority. The assessment of weather conditions will begin the day before, if possible, with student and staff safety as the number one priority. The variables the District considers include the following:

  • Local weather forecasts
  • Road conditions
  • Temperature (-20F or colder) and Wind Chill (a wind chill of -35* F is dangerous
  • If buses are operating, availability of drivers, and the ability of buses to navigate the roads safely. If staff can arrive at school safely
  • If schools are functioning properly (power, furnace, heat, water, phone)
  • Communication/collaboration with D86 feeder schools


We strive to notify families of a closure as soon as possible. If a decision can be made the day before a closure, the communication will be sent no later than 9:30 p.m. In the event of a day-of closure, a communication will ideally be sent between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. Setting these time parameters eliminates the need for families to check emails overnight while still allowing enough time to make child care arrangements when necessary.

  • Communication will be sent to the contact information on file for families and staff via email and phone. Phone calls will be made to families and staff only in the event that schools are closed. Phone calls will not be made when a decision is still in progress or the decision has been made that school will be open.
  • Text messages will be sent to families and staff who have opted-in to receive them.
  • Closure information will also be posted on the District website and Twitter (@ccsd181) Families can access additional information on weather closures at www.d181.org/weather


This year, weather closures may lend themselves to the possibility of a switch to remote learning for ALL students instead of a "snow day" with no student attendance. This would allow students to continue learning safely while eliminating the need to add a make-up student attendance day later in the school calendar. D181 Inclement Weather Plan


  • Students will sign-in for live instruction and special education classes/services using the modified virtual schedule using the links sent by teachers (attendance will be taken)
  • Kindergarten will remain in a.m. or p.m. sections for instruction on shortened schedules.
  • Synchronous instruction will occur during an emergency school closing in a live digital format for morning meetings, literacy and math
  • Asynchronous and/or independent work will be assigned in SeeSaw or Google Classroom
  • Asynchronous assignments will be provided to all students for STEM/Art/Music/PE and Spanish (5th only)
  • Pull-out services, reading specialist services and differentiated instruction services may be held during the asynchronous work portion of the day
  • Live office hours will be offered by all staff - Office hours are not tutoring sessions but are meant for students to ask questions before independent asynchronous work time and a link will be provided
  • Teachers will be available on the asynchronous side of the day to answer emails from students (time varies based on grade level schedule)
  • Grade level schedules are listed below
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Traffic Reminders

As we transition into the winter, the number of students who are dropped off at school increases. Please take a few moments to review the traffic procedures for drop off at pick up at Monroe.


MADISON STREET PROCEDURES

  • Drop off and pick up is allowed for students along Madison Street.
  • We do have a supervised car line along Madison Street.
  • If you use our Madison Street car line, please stay in your vehicle and keep moving forward in the line.
  • For the safety of our entire school community, please observe all posted traffic signage and directions given by our supervising staff members.


PARKING LOT PROCEDURES

  • If you must drop off in the parking lot, please do so ONLY along the curb.
  • Please keep traffic moving and do not pull into any parking spaces or other lanes of the lot to drop off students.
  • Please mind the directions given by our supervising staff and crossing guards, as their number one priority is the safety of our students and families.
  • Please observe all posted traffic signage - No Left Turn into the parking lot, Right Turn Only out of the lot, and NO PICKUP IS ALLOWED IN THE PARKING LOT AFTER SCHOOL.

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D181 COVID-19 Reporting

The D181 Positive Case Report Spreadsheet is posted on the D181 website and updated daily on student attendance days at 4 p.m.