District 109 Community Update

May 14th, 2021

A Message From Mike: Relationships Matter

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109 community,


Relationships are the cornerstone of any successful organization. I want to get to know you. I want to learn more about the role you play and the unique talents you bring to this community.


I’ve spent a lot of my first few weeks here meeting with various groups and following a management practice called “managing by walking around.” I’ve made it a point to be in every building multiple times, meeting our staff and students. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to honor some of our longest-tenured teachers, delivering them a gift for their years of service, sometimes with their kids in the room, which is the best.


We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we’re all in this for a common purpose, and that is to do the best for the children of this community. This begins with the strength of relationships, and I look forward to meeting you.


-Mike

2021-2022 Fee Posting Delay

Due to some technical issues with the company that runs Family Access, fees for the 2021-2022 school year will not be posted tomorrow as originally intended. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will keep you informed of when the fees are posted and will adjust the due date for payment accordingly!

COVID News Update -- No Change On Masks

You will find the same information in the video as you do written below. Watch or read, you choose!
DPS 109 COVID News Update: May 14

MASKS STILL REQUIRED ON 109 GROUNDS

Thursday afternoon, the CDC released new guidance that eases mask-wearing restrictions for fully vaccinated people in both indoor and outdoor settings. We are consulting with the Illinois State Board of Education, Lake County Health Department, and Illinois Department of Public Health on what the guidance specifically means for schools. Until we get additional clarification from them, we are not changing the standing requirement that masks are to be worn on District 109 grounds.


ILLINOIS ENTERING THE "BRIDGE PHASE" BETWEEN 4 AND 5 TODAY

Gov. Pritzker's office announced this. No immediate impact on schools. Read more about it here.


MANY VACCINE OPPORTUNITIES FOR AGES 12+


1) THROUGH LAKE COUNTY USING THE ALLVAX SYSTEM
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2) AT THE PATTY TURNER CENTER AS SOON AS MAY 17TH

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3) CLINIC AT DEERFIELD HIGH SCHOOL ON SUNDAY

Click here to schedule appointment for 5/16

Click here to schedule appointment for 6/6

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CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION... WHAT DOES SCHOOL NEXT YEAR LOOK LIKE?:

There has been no new guidance from any agency this week that has fundamentally altered anything. By May 28 at the latest, expect a more formalized message or address from Superintendent Simeck about our plans for the fall and where we currently stand.

-5-day SHIELD positivity rate is 0.02%. (May 7, May 10-13)

-Overall SHIELD positivity rate is 0.06% (out of all valid samples collected since Feb 17)


-New cases per 100K (as of 5/12) is 22.54 for zip code 60015 (yellow range)


-New cases per 100K (as of 5/12) for Lake County is 67.2 (orange range)


-Positivity rate (as of 5/1) for Lake County is 2.8% (blue range)

Something GOOD: Lots of Fun in 109 This Week!

Some of the joy we captured in our schools this week.... follow DPS 109 on Facebook and Twitter so you don't have to wait until Friday to see what's going on!
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