District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

October 6, 2020

Calendar Reminders and Start Dates

District 41 is excited to welcome students back to the buildings for in-person learning starting on October 15. See the below graphic for a list of important dates. CLICK HERE for the official 2020-21 district calendar
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Click here for an updated Reopening Plan. Please use this document as your main resource for the transition to in-person learning and for staying in the full remote model.

COVID-19 Update from PRAT

The D41 community-based Pandemic Response Advisory Team (PRAT) is composed of representatives from partner organizations that work directly with District 41 including professionals from the scientific and medical fields. The team reports on their work monthly at the Board of Education workshop meetings. In addition, the team also provides information to the distinct about Covid-19 when there is new information to share.

This week's notable data:

  • Return to school status: Thumbs up
  • Category: Moderate
  • DuPage County metric data for Week 39 (9/20-9/26):
- Number of deaths per week was 11, up from 5 the previous week.

- There were 84 new cases per 100,000 people, up from 72 the previous week. The target established by the state is less than 50 cases per 100,000 people per week. DuPage County weekly incidence rates have exceeded the state’s target since the week ending July 18.

- Cases among DuPage County residents aged 20-59 years have driven the increase in cases over the recent weeks.

- Youth cases have decreased the past two weeks: -4.5% (week 38-39) and -5.6% (week 37-38).
- Test positivity has been below 5% for the past 2 weeks with 19,210 (week 39) and 18,830 (week 38) being the respective number of tests performed per week.

For more detailed information, please view PRAT's full State of the Metrics report

Teacher Assignment Changes Possible

As expected, all school buildings will experience some changes in teacher assignments as we transition to the Blended AM/PM Model. If your child’s teacher assignment is impacted, the school principal will reach out to you directly by this Friday, October 9. Currently, schools are working on teacher assignments for Prek and kindergarten through 2nd grade only. Teacher assignments for 3rd through 8th grade will be shared at a later date.

Physicals and Immunizations Required

While the start of the school year has been different, the State of Illinois Health requirements continue to require that all physicals and immunizations for students in early childhood, kindergarten, and 6th grade be completed no later than October 15, 2020. These well-child visits are essential for many reasons, including:

  • Tracking growth and development including milestones, social behaviors, and learning

  • Discussing any concerns about your child’s health

  • Receiving scheduled vaccinations to prevent illnesses like measles and whooping cough (pertussis) and other serious diseases.

Due to the State of Illinois regulations, please keep in mind that any missing requirements will result in your child being excluded from school on October 15, 2020. Remote Learning does not impact exclusion requirements and any student without the proper medical forms submitted will be excluded on October 15, 2020, regardless of whether or not they are participating in Full Remote or Blended AM/PM in-person instruction. Please contact the health office at your school if you have any questions or need guidance or assistance in getting these physical or immunizations completed.

Parent University Session - Tonight 7 p.m.

Parent University presents “Separating School and Home Environment” tonight October, 6 at 7 p.m. The classes have been developed to support parents as they navigate remote learning alongside their students. Topics range from technology support to communication and management skills as you help to educate your student online. See the graphic below for the current schedule of these free classes that are now available.
For more details and to sign up visit the CASE DuPage website.

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Upcoming Glenbard Parent Series Events

Differently Wired: Raising Unconventional Children in a Conventional World

Deborah Reber

Tue, Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MORE HERE

The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction

Christine Carter, Ph.D.

Tue, Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MORE HERE

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