Parent Update

Oswego Community Unit School District 308

September 10, 2021

“9/11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent & uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity & laughter.” ~ Deepak Chopra (on 9/11)

September Observances:

  • September 11, 2021 - 9.11.21 Patriot Day: Marks the passage of two decades since the attacks that changed the lives of so many individuals forever. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum has a number of online resources, digital exhibits, photos, and activities that recount that day's events and the aftermath. "Twenty years after the attacks, with terrorism still a threat today, the events of 9/11 and its aftermath remind us that we may never be able to prevent all the actions of people intent on harming others, but we do have control over how we respond to such events. Whether by volunteering in our local communities, serving our nation in the military, caring for the sick, or through other efforts, all of us can help build the world in which we want to live. As we witness history unfolding in our own time, the ways we choose to respond—both large and small—can demonstrate the best of human nature after even the worst of days." Visit 911memorial.org
  • National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - September is recognized annually by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. CDC reports that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and suicide rates in the U.S. have increased about 33% from 1999 to 2019. If you are in crisis or know someone who is, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1.800.273.TALK(8255) or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741).
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month - Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
  • National Preparedness Month - National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is "Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love."

Quick Notes

Employment Opportunities

There are openings across the district for many different positions. To learn about opportunities and/or complete an online application for positions open in SD 308, please visit our Employment opportunities page located on our district's website.


Chromebook Insurance for Families

The District recommends that every 5th - 12th grade family whose students have a 1:1 device consider enrolling in the Chromebook Insurance through Safeware. This is a great way to protect your child's device from accidental damage and any repair costs; also included is device replacement cost if device is ever stolen. Click here for more information on how to register, open enrollment dates, and costs.


COVID-19

  • Metrics & Reporting - Weekly metrics of positive and quarantined students and staff are reported online at www.sd308.org/metrics.


  • Any positive case of COVID-19 or close contact with a person positive for COVID-19 should be reported to the district as soon as possible. You can find the reporting link on the district homepage, or by visiting www.sd308.org/reporting.


  • Symptomatic students should be kept home, and their symptoms reported to the attendance line at their school. It is recommended that all persons experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 be tested or evaluated by a medical provider, if not tested or released by a medical provider, they must stay home for 10 days.


  • Masks - Required for ALL Persons: Per the Governor’s Executive Order 2021-18, masks are required on all persons inside school buildings and on all buses per the CDC Transportation Order. Universal masking per the order, as endorsed by the CDC, IDPH, and ISBE has been included in SD 308 Board Policy 7:165. Persons without proper use of a face mask will not be permitted to enter a school building or bus.


LIHEAP Energy Assistance Program

The Kendall-Grundy Community Action Services, a division of the Kendall County Health Department, is pleased to announce that funds are available for heating assistance through the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and state funded Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP), to assist income-eligible households residing in Kendall and Grundy Counties with their energy bills (natural gas, propane and electric bills) and furnace assistance. All households in need are encouraged to apply. Please click here for Public Service Announcement from Kendall County Health Department.


Safety Expo

Rep. Mark Batinick is sponsoring a Outside Children's Safety Expo on Saturday, September 25th at Plainfield Central High school in Plainfield that will run 9:30am - 12:30pm. View the event flyer here.


Annual SD 308 Food Drive: Information Coming Soon!

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS!

It has come to our attention that there is currently a Tik Tok challenge circulating encouraging Junior High and High School students to see what kind of stuff they can "steal" from school, and unfortunately we've been victims to a few of these incidents. PLEASE remind your children that stealing and destroying school property will not be tolerated. Your assistance is appreciated. #SD308BetterTogether

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Sep. 13th, 7:15pm

1525 Harvey Road

Oswego, IL

The meeting will be held in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Oswego East High School. You can also live stream the meeting from home, just visit www.sd308.org.
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