Sycamore Community Schools

October 9, 2020 Update

COVID-19 Weekly Dashboard

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View Our Entire Dashboard On Our Website

Click here to clearly view this week's dashboard in its entirety, including a breakdown by building. Save this link to your bookmarks bar to view the dashboard each Friday.

Each week, we will share the number of confirmed student and staff cases of COVID-19, and the number of close contacts in quarantine in Sycamore Community Schools. Close contacts are defined as individuals who were within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more of a positive case, inside or outside of school, and must quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine does not include positive case isolations which are reflected in the number of confirmed cases. Enrollment data only includes current students attending Sycamore Community Schools in our seven buildings and Virtual Classroom learning. The dashboard is last updated on the Thursday prior to release on Friday and includes data from the prior week (Thursday-Thursday).

For more information, please visit our Healthy Back to School section of our website.

Understanding 14-Day Quarantines and Returning to School

A student or staff member who is determined to be a close contact must quarantine at home for 14 days from the last date of exposure to the positive case. This does not mean the 14-day quarantine period begins from the date that all families are notified of a positive case in the building. Please see the example below for additional clarity.

Sycamore Lead Nurse Julie Ferron follows up with each close contact two days before their anticipated return date to confirm that they are symptom-free before clearing them to return to school. If symptoms have developed, the monitoring period and restrictions may change.

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Sycamore Schools Nursing Team: It's Time For Your Flu Vaccine!

Sycamore Schools Nursing Team: It's Time For Your Flu Shot!

K-6 Virtual Families: We're Answering Your Questions

Click here to see newly released answers to your questions around K-6 Virtual Classroom Learning. Some of these topics will be discussed further during our K-6 Virtual Families Town Hall on October 13.

K-6 Virtual Families Town Hall

The registration window for the K-6 Virtual Families Town Hall has closed. Thank you to the 230+ who registered before the deadline to attend virtually on October 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Our Virtual Classroom administration, district administration, and K-6 building principals are looking forward to answering the top submitted questions during the town hall. Please note that questions that are specific to individual students or questions that are submitted after October 9 at 8:00 a.m. will not be discussed during the town hall.

Second Semester Planning

District and building leaders are currently engaged in comprehensive plans for a safe, healthy, and successful second semester of school. We are currently collecting data to determine the next steps.

This week, our administration began a Building Capacity Analysis, which includes walk-throughs of each of our buildings to assess the capacity of our classrooms with physical distancing guidelines. We are also identifying any flex spaces within buildings and analyzing our transportation capacity.

Our Data Assessment Risk Team (DART) team continues to monitor health data so that we make an informed and safe decision for our students and staff about what next semester will look like. Please look for additional information in our district newsletters.

K-12 Satisfaction Survey

Sycamore Community Schools is committed to being nimble, flexible, and responsive as we navigate our way through this unusual school year. This includes making course corrections to address issues that arise.

K-12 Families: Be on the lookout next week for a K-12 Satisfaction Survey in your inboxes! We appreciate any feedback we receive from face-to-face and virtual learning families so that we can continue to improve this school year.

Reminder: No More Pre-Ordering Meals

Beginning October 12, Sycamore Child Nutrition will no longer be using a pre-order system for Grades K-6 breakfast and lunch. We received a great deal of negative feedback from families about the functionality of the pre-ordering system put in place at the beginning of the school year. In addition, pre-ordering and meal delivery (for Grades K-4) was placing an undue burden on staff. In an effort to be responsive, we are doing away with the pre-ordering system and shifting towards our traditional meal ordering process with safety protocols in place. These protocols include social distancing while in line, contactless checkout, and extra sanitation measures. Click here for more information.