EPCUSD 401 Update

Informing District 401 Stakeholders, December 31, 2021

I hope that everyone had a healthy and relaxing winter break. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back in the building on Monday, January 3, 2022. We are closely monitoring the rise in cases and we remain focused on following our mitigation strategies to keep our schools open. Thankfully this surge is different from what we saw in the early days of the pandemic because we now have the tools to combat this virus. We are more knowledgeable and better equipped to slow the spread, prevent severe disease, save lives, and protect one another. If your child is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home. In school we will spend time throughout the first week back to reiterate our mitigation strategies that have been in place since August 2021, including staying home if you are sick, strictly mask while around others, social distance when possible and get tested if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19. It takes all of us working together to keep our school doors open.

This past week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came out with new quarantine and isolation guidance. Yesterday we heard from both the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) on what that means for us. At this time all changes for the shortened quarantine are for adults only. School districts are seeking further clarification on what it means for students. As of this morning we are to follow the previous guidance for students. Our current guidance is linked below and will be updated if the health department changes the quarantine/isolation guidelines for students.

On Monday, January 3, 2022 from 3pm-6pm we are hosting a vaccination clinic at Elmwood Elementary School. This clinic will offer four different vaccines:

- Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year old students

- Pfizer vaccine for anyone 12 years old and older

- Pfizer Booster (available for anyone 16 and older that received their final vaccine dose 6 months ago)

- Moderna Booster (available for anyone 18 and older that received their final vaccine dose 6 months ago)

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in partnership with IDPH has shared that achieving high levels of COVID-19 vaccination among those eligible is one of the most critical strategies to help schools safely resume full operations. This vaccination event is for students, staff, families and community members. Any child under 18 years of age must have a parent/guardian present. To sign up for the vaccine clinic click on the link below.

If your child is fully vaccinated you can add that information into PowerSchool. Directions on how to upload vaccination cards is found in the link below.

As we have seen throughout this school year, our mitigation strategies are working. We will continue to follow our mitigation strategies which includes strict masking and social distancing which allows us to keep our in-person learning environment.

Thank you for your continued partnership as we return back to school after winter break. I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday. Wishing you a safe and happy New Year.


Leah Gauthier

January 3, 2022 Vaccine Event

Monday, Jan. 3rd 2022 at 3-6pm

2319 North 76th Avenue

Elmwood Park, IL

Vaccine appointments can be booked by clicking here: https://provider.kareo.com/phs-elmwood-elementary-school-mobile-clinic