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A note from the Principal

Hello and Welcome Back!


We had a great week at Hunt Club...it was so fun to welcome the students back and hear what they had to share about their Winter Break.


Below is important communication about Valentine's Day, updated COVID guidelines from the district, as well as an updated January menu for breakfast and lunch.


When you are reading the COVID guidelines, please make sure you take note of the bolded section. Parents who choose to send their child back for days 6-10 will have specific guidelines that will be followed at school such as a different location for breakfast, lunch, snack, and extra mask wearing at recess. If you are eligible to sent your child back during this window, your child will need to check in with the office first. Please let the office know if you have any questions about what this may look like for your child. If you choose to keep your child home for the entire 10 days, Temporary Distance Learning will be offered for days 6-10 and your child will return to school after day 10 without any additional measures.


Another important note for the guideline changes is that at home tests are not accepted anymore for symptomatic students.


Don't forget that we do not have school for Martin Luther King Jr Day on Monday, January 17th. We will see your kiddos back on Tuesday!


See you next week!

Mrs. Stoffers

Revised Guidance

January 14, 2022


Greetings SD 308 Families,


The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

provided revised guidance to all schools that aligns with the CDC’s recommendations for

potentially shorter isolation/quarantine procedures for staff and students. We received the

updated guidance late Wednesday and have been planning and implementing the necessary

changes.


Beginning on Tuesday, January 18, students may return after a five day isolation or quarantine period following a COVID-19 infection or exposure, if certain conditions are met. Upon return, there are several restrictions schools must put in place until the tenth day has passed, those are outlined in the summary of changes below. Parents retain the option to continue the isolation/quarantine until day 10 if they do not wish to have their student return with the necessary restrictions.


For students who are currently on an isolation/exclusion and may be eligible for an earlier return

date due to these new recommendations, parents will be contacted by a member of our health

services team no later than Monday.


Our district safety plan is under revision at this time; all updates will be reflected online prior to

the start of school on Tuesday, Jan. 18.


The district continues to offer free COVID-19 testing at the Old Traughber location (AHM), the

schedule can be found here. Testing is open to all staff and students and their families. District

testing is a laboratory test, results are typically available in 2-3 days, depending on volume.

Testing is encouraged after traveling, gathering in crowded areas, or after a potential exposure

to COVID-19.


We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we move forward with these revisions.


Summary of COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Revisions for Students

→ Symptomatic

Regardless of Vaccination Status

If experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19 do NOT attend school until:

1. Fever free and absent of vomiting and diarrhea for at least 24 hours, and

2. Receive a negative COVID-19 test result* OR remain quarantined for at least five days.

a. *Home tests are not acceptable, however a test from any lab location (antigen or

PCR) is fine.


→ Positive for COVID-19


In order to return to school, the following must be true (regardless of vaccination status):

1. Symptoms have improved,

2. No fever, vomiting, or diarrhea present within the past 24 hours,

3. Return after 5 days of isolation, a mask must be worn at all times while with others,

a. When a mask is removed for a short time while eating/drinking, at least 6 feet

must be retained between individuals during days 6-10 following infection.

b. Participation in extracurricular contests and performances during days 6-10

following infection is not allowed.


4. If masking is not possible at all times, 10 days of exclusion is required.

→ Exposed to COVID-19/ Close Contact

1. Valid only if no symptoms developed (if symptoms develop, follow symptomatic

guidance),

2. Return after 5 days of quarantine if a mask can be worn at all times while with others,

a. When a mask is removed for a short time while eating/drinking, at least 6 feet

must be retained between individuals.

b. Participation in extracurricular contests and performances during days 6-10

following exposure is not allowed.


3. If masking is not possible at all times, 10 days of exclusion is required.

→ Those students that are up to date with vaccination (within indicated timeframe:

CDC Immunization Guidance) OR have had a laboratory confirmed positive COVID-19 test in the

past 90 days do not need to quarantine following close contact as long as they are not

symptomatic.

→ Test To Stay Strategy: Alternative to quarantine following an

exposure

1. Only applicable for exposures that occur in the school or bus setting.

2. Test twice (once between days 2-3, and once between days 5-7 following exposure) and

continue attending school.

3. Testing must be done through the district-offered testing program.

4. If eligible, coordination of testing/results should be handled with the building nurse.


→ Returning to School: Day 6-10 Following Isolation/Exclusion

1. Upon return after 5 days of isolation/quarantine, students are required to wear a mask,

and when removed briefly for eating/drinking, they must remain at least 6 feet away from

others. While students can attend school on days 6-10, some restrictions exist.

a. Mealtimes and snack times will be different; this could be a more socially

distanced table, individual desks, or different room/space for all students who are

returning following a quarantine or isolation in order to accommodate the space

requirement.

b. Masks are required outdoors when students are in groups, which includes recess

at elementary.

c. Students participating in band who require use of their mouth to play an ‘

instrument can participate in class but will not be permitted to actively play.

d. Students participating in extracurricular activities can only participate if a mask

can be worn properly at all times.

e. Since strict masking requirements are a condition of return early from

isolation/quarantine, students with a face mask exemption are not eligible to

return early and must complete the full 10 day isolation/exclusion.


→ When exposed, ALL persons regardless of vaccination status should be

tested five days after the exposure (unless a confirmed COVID-19 infection occurred in the

past 90 days).

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5 Essentials Survey


We need your help! Please take this survey as it gathers data related to five indicators: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environments and Ambitious Instruction for our school. Please take a few minutes to click the link below to complete the survey.


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Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is coming in one month! Students will be able to give Valentine cards to their classmates if they would like. As you are shopping for or creating Valentines for your children to share with their classmates on February 14th, please select Valentine cards only as opposed to Valentines with candy/food items. Also, please make sure that your child(ren) has a Valentine to give to each child in the classroom if they choose to give them to their classmates.
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Snow/Emergency Day Packets

Last Friday your child should have come home with Snow/Emergency Day work packets in their take home binder or folder. As we approach the winter season and times of bad weather or emergency the school day will run from 9:00am to 2:00pm.


Teachers will be live in their Google meets from: 9-9:30, 11:30-12 and 1:30-2 to support and answer any questions a child might have. Student attendance is required for a snow/emergency day. The second page of each packet will be collected by the classroom teacher when school reopens. The students only need to bring the page back filled out by the parent. They do not need to bring the whole packet back to school .


Please keep it in a safe place at home. We will be using this as our instructional tool for our snow/emergency days. Please know that all elementary schools are following this same procedure.

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Attendance Reminder!

If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, please call the attendance line at 630-636-2801 or email hcstudentattendance@sd308.org . Please leave the following details in your message:


  • Your name
  • Your student's name
  • Your child's teacher
  • Phone number you can be reached with any questions
  • Reason for absence (including any symptoms, if out for illness).