District Digest

Glen Ellyn School District 41

November 5, 2020

In this issue.

  • PRAT Update
  • Covid Dashboard
  • Welcome Back
  • Practicing Spanish at Home
  • Self Certification Required
  • Opt in for Text Messages
  • Get the D41 App


The District 41 Pandemic Response Advisory Team (PRAT) provides weekly updates to the District 41 community.

Please Stay Safe D41: Wear a mask, watch your distance, avoid crowds, wash your hands, get your flu shot, and stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone else who has COVID-19.

Metrics Summary - Week 43 (10/18-10/24)

Notable data from this week:

  • Region 8 remains on Tier 1 Mitigation (does not affect schools)
  • Beginning 10/15, IDPH began accepting rapid antigen tests into the data
  • DuPage County youth cases continue to rise.
  • DuPage County Health Department cedes "Learning Plans" to individual superintendents on October 26, 2020.

*The continued level of Substantial warrants re-evaluation and continued monitoring of local and school transmission trends. This data, as it affects District decision-making metrics, will be reviewed along with public health guidance from DuPage County Health Department on Monday, 11/9 when Week 44 data is released.

The District will continue to incorporate this health data along with our other influencing factors to stay in person at school: exclusionary requirements, staffing, safety protocols and equipment, and parent responsibilities.

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For more detailed information, please view PRAT’s full State of the Metrics Report

Important Covid-Related Resources:

Click here for an updated D41 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 Dashboard Now Available

District 41 has created a dashboard as a way for the public to monitor both the number of positive covid cases reported for both students and staff as well as the number of people quarantined in the district due to a close contact with someone has tested positive. The dashboard will be updated every Friday at the end of the day. Click Here for the dashboard.

Welcome Back 3rd thru 8th Grade

We welcomed 3rd through 8th grade students back to the school buildings for in-person learning this week! All grade levels have now transitioned to the blended model. Thank you to all who made the first days and weeks a success.

For those in the blended model, please remember to self certify in Skyward every day and do not send your child to school if he/she is sick, has been exposed to anyone who has covid-like symtpoms and/or has tested positive for COVID-19. We hope to continue to offer in-person learning as long as possible! Thank you for your cooperation and partnership.

Practicing Spanish at Home

The District 41 Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC) is pleased to announce a fall BPAC recorded outreach program: Practicing Speaking Spanish at Home. Based on research and collaboration with District 41 language teachers, Director of Language Programs Dr. Theresa Ulrich presents ideas for creating Spanish-speaking opportunities for students at home.

To access the recorded event, please click this link. A recording of the program is also posted on the District 41 BPAC webpage found here.

Self Certification Required Prior to Coming to School

Students and staff who are in person at our school buildings are required to self certify prior to arriving to school or boarding the bus every day.

How do I self certify?

Click here for a video tutorial about how to self certify in Skyward. Please self certify for each of your children who attend a District 41 school (click here for the tutorials in multiple languages)

AM Session

  • Login to Skyward (app or desktop)

  • Answer wellness check questions for each child before 7:45 a.m.

  • If a child is not self certified upon arrival at school, staff will do the check and call parents.

PM Session

  • Login to Skyward (app or desktop)

  • Answer wellness check questions for each child before 12:15 p.m.

  • If a child is not self certified upon arrival at school, staff will do the check and call parents.

What if we answer yes to any of the self certification questions?

If you answer yes to any of the questions presented in the self-certification wellness check, please do not send your child to school. Call the school office and inform them that your child is experiencing symptoms on the list. They will work with you and the school nurse to determine next steps. We appreciate your partnership in keeping the entire District 41 community safe and in school.

Receive Text Messages from District 41

District 41 will use text messaging to share timely information and emergency communications. You can now opt in to receive these important text messages from District 41. Text Y or Yes to 67587.


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