Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103; Jan 15, 2021
School Board Highlights - January 12, 2021
D103 Learning Update
January 19 In-Person Learning Model: The district will offer five days per week of in-person learning in small pods of students who stay together for the school day.
School Lunch: Quest school lunches will continue to be free. The district encourages families to take advantage of the school lunch program during the pandemic. Principals are asking families to fill out a Google form if their child has special dietary needs.
January 15: To prepare for in-person learning the district is holding a teacher planning day on January 15. The student schedule follows:
Sprague - AM Synchronous, PM Asynchronous
Half Day - AM Synchronous, PM Asynchronous
Daniel Wright - Full Day Asynchronous
Metrics: Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103’s metrics are declining compared to state numbers. There has been no outbreak of COVID in Lake County schools in the past 30 days when analyzing metrics inside schools. Mitigation efforts in schools are working - social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing, improved ventilation, continual cleaning of surface areas, keeping students in pods.
COVID Testing: The BinaxNow COIVD-19 antigen test for students and staff will be offered to in-person learners whose parents sign a waiver. The rapid test is designed to determine if symptomatic individuals have COVID-19. The ability of the district to administer testing in school provides yet another tool to keep students and staff safer while school is open.
Vaccine: Staff has been invited to sign up for the Moderna vaccine, which is expected to be administered in February at Stevenson High School for staff only.
Travel: There are no restrictions regarding travel, although the district is requesting staff and students to take a RT-PCR test before returning to school. Behavior (such as large group gatherings) often determines risk level and the district recommends a RT-PCR test in these circumstances as well.
School Closure: School closures will only take place if local conditions within the school force a closure, if there is a high number of absentee adults, or the state and/or local health officials mandate it.
2021-2022 School Calendar
After further review of the 2021-2022 school calendar, the Board will move forward with the adoption of the calendar at its next meeting on January 26. Following are some of the highlights of the tentative calendar:
First day of school Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021
No School Tuesday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Nov. 26, 2021
No School Winter Break Monday, Dec. 20 through Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 with school resuming Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022
No School Spring Break Monday, March 21 through Friday, March 25, 2022
Last Day of School is Wednesday, June 1, 2022
The board asked the administration to review the full day kindergarten fee structure of area school districts as it compares to D103. What is most notable in services is that Sprague's student to teacher kindergarten ratio is 10:1, half the ratio of other school districts. While noting the costs associated with keeping this ratio low, as it greatly enhances our program, the board agreed to approve a reduction in full day kindergarten costs to $3,500 annually beginning with the Fall 2021 class.
Air Quality Improvements
The administration went over how it is improving ventilation and air flow in the buildings through air purifiers, ultraviolet disinfection systems and other ventilation enhancements.
Other District News
How to Raise a Socially Conscious Child
What does it mean to be anti-racist? How do you raise a socially conscious kid? D103 PTO Parent Education experts will share a virtual presentation on how parents can better prepare children to tackle issues of racism, equity, and social justice; how parents can go on their own anti-racism journey; and what steps families can take to build stronger communities through anti-racist work. RSVP for the virtual Webinar on How to Raise Socially Conscious, Anti Racist Kids at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021
Leave Your Legacy in D103
The D103 Learning Fund Foundation invites your family to leave a legacy at D103 with the launch of the Legacy Brick Fundraiser. With the completion of the Daniel Wright construction project, the Foundation invites families to donate $100 to inscript their name on a brick pathway outside the remodeled school.
This LFF Legacy Brick Fundraiser video, narrated by Daniel Wright Principal Michelle Blackley and featuring the new school mascot, outlines the project. This is a great opportunity to bring our community together, so please consider a donation. The Learning Fund and all of our schools appreciate your generous support.
Questions about Lake County? Your Answer - 211
211 is an easy to remember, 24-hour information and referral helpline in Lake County. It’s designed to reduce time and frustration by acting as a central access point to the health and human services in Lake County.
- Call 211 or text 898211
Without 211, people are often faced with finding services on their own. The result is a lot of time spent calling around trying to find the answer to their need. 211 can answer questions about housing, immigration, government, financial support, crisis management, and more.
The D103 PTO is a completely volunteer-run organization, dedicated to enhancing and enriching the educational experience of our students. Please visit the PTO store to become a member.
Music Boosters supports general music programs in all schools including band, orchestra, and chorus.