A Message from the Superintendent

November 19, 2021

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November 19, 2021

Dear Families and Staff,

We are grateful for much this year as we head out for Thanksgiving Break. It has been a festive week in our schools and we are savoring the continued opportunity to restore connection and belonging by both revisiting beloved traditions and creating new iterations of our favorite events. Our community was also proud to host the first of two New Trier Township vaccine clinics on November 12th, with the second dose date set for December 3. We were able to vaccinate approximately 950 children aged 5-11 on the 12th, and look forward to adding to that number at the second vaccine clinic in Glencoe on November 23 (registration information here).

The District’s Central PTO leadership asked that we highlight the current status of the following Covid-19 related areas:

Vaccination Data For Students Aged 5-11

The District’s nurses use a health portal to document health data that syncs with the state's vaccine registry, called I-CARE. School nurses are able to access vaccination dates as long as they have been entered into the state registry. Pharmacies and physicians offices typically report this data to I-CARE on behalf of students. The upload timing is dependent on the state’s and pharmacy/physician office ability to manage the data. We will utilize this database, monitoring for weekly updates to obtain the most accurate data pertaining to the vaccination status of our students. If your child was vaccinated out of the state of Illinois, please email your child’s vaccination card to your school nurse after they have received both doses as their vaccination records won’t be available in the Illinois vaccine database.

SHIELD Testing & Newly Vaccinated Students

If exposed to COVID-19, your vaccinated child will not be quarantined as a close contact unless they experience symptoms. The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated individuals test 5-7 days after their last day of exposure to COVID-19; however, it is not required. Your child will be automatically removed from SHIELD testing by your school nurse once notification of vaccination status is noted in the state's i-CARE system. If you prefer your child remain in SHIELD testing once fully vaccinated, please contact your school nurse.

Symptoms? Covid-19 Testing Clarification

If your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is not a close contact, regardless of vaccination status, they will need to get a rapid PCR or lab performed PCR test within 48 hours of symptom onset or isolate for 10 days. Per CCDPH, the District can no longer accept antigen tests or an alternative diagnosis. Guidance is frequently updated, so this is the current process and is subject to change.

Thank you for taking the time to review this information. I would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones and look forward to welcoming our students back to classes on Monday, November 29.


Dr. Trisha Kocanda


Online Registration Open for Incoming Kindergarteners & New Students for the 2022-2023 School Year

Registration for incoming kindergarteners and students new to The Winnetka Public Schools in 2022-2023 is now open on the District website and via https://registration.powerschool.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=30658&culture=en. Children who will be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2022, are eligible to enroll.

The new student registration process is completed in three steps:

  1. Complete new student pre-registration forms online beginning November 18, 2021.

  2. Provide the original or certified copy of your child(ren)'s birth certificate and a parent photo ID. Scanned copies or snapshots of these documents may be uploaded during online registration or can be submitted in-person at the District Office, by appointment.

  3. Provide proof of residency and paper registration forms. Click here to view the list of documents that will meet these requirements. For your convenience, all required documents may be uploaded during online registration.

Children will not be considered enrolled until both the online and paper portion of registration has been completed and residency documentation is verified. If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 847-446-9400.

Technology Department Update

The District Technology Department is supporting an extended medical leave for the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the remainder of the school year. Given the duration of this leave, the District has commenced a search for an Interim Instructional Technology Coordinator for this school year. We look forward to identifying a high quality candidate and will keep you apprised of the outcome.