KSD140 Connection

A Message from Superintendent Dr. Shawn M. Olson

Second Quarter Begins November 4th!

Hybrid and Remote Learning students will begin the Second Quarter of the school year on Wednesday, November 4th, with Hybrid students returning to our District schools for the first time since last March. Our staff has been preparing for students by taping off six-foot areas and marking locations for desks, running through cleaning protocols, and fine-tuning our disinfecting process between A and B students in classrooms and on buses. We are anxiously awaiting our students’ return to in-person learning and ask for your patience during the first few weeks as we all adjust to new schedules and routines.

We have also been working on our Remote Learners’ schedules to promote continuity between our Hybrid and Remote programs. This has been a monumental undertaking, and I couldn’t be more pleased with our administration and staff for their thoughtful and dedicated work. Our Remote teachers are striving to create engaging learning opportunities and classroom connections that meet all their students’ needs.

For specific information on the start of the Second Quarter, please check your email for communications from your school principal. You can also view your Principal’s Newsletters on our District website. Again, I would like to thank you for your flexibility and patience as we work together to educate the students of Kirby School District 140.

Dr. Shawn M. Olson

D140 COVID-19 Dashboard

As we prepare to welcome students back to in-person learning on November 4th, we’ve added a COVID-19 Dashboard to our Update Center.

The dashboard will provide the community with current information regarding districtwide positive COVID-19 cases and quarantine information. It will be updated each Friday by 10:00 am.

Keeping Students and Staff Safe

Our ability to sustain in-person learning in D140 is dependent on our collective efforts to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. We will continue to track districtwide data, metrics provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), and Northwestern University Medicine, and monitor the ability to maintain our safety protocols as we implement our Hybrid in-person learning model.

Students and families can do their part by:

  • Completing the Student Self-Certification Form honestly and staying home when you are sick or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Washing hands regularly and using hand sanitizer.
  • Wearing face masks appropriately.
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes
  • Maintaining 6-foot physical distancing whenever possible.
  • Being mindful of our activity outside of school and the potential impact it may have in school.