Prairie Trails


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Important Dates:

What's Happening at Prairie Trails:

  • Friday, August 27- Shield Testing
  • Tuesday, August 31 - Picture Day
  • Tuesday, August 31- 5:30 pm Virtual Google Meet the Teacher & Curriculum Night
  • Monday & Tuesday, September 6-7 - No School

Missing Items

Please remember to label all of your child's belongings, it makes it so much easier to return items to their owners. We have already begun a small lost and found basket in the front office.

SHIELD Saliva Testing begins 8/27

Students will be supported by their homeroom teacher and other support staff as they go to the testing location (an open hallway corridor) together as a class. Students will also carry a notecard we've prepared with their full name and birthday to help communicate with the health care workers.

We are approaching this first week (maybe the next 2) as a practice experience. Spitting in a tube can be harder than you think! However, with some practice, patience, and a bit of humor we'll be okay and be able to use this as another mitigation strategy to keep our children safe.

Remember, you will only be contacted about your child's test results if the results are positive. NO news is GOOD news.

Please support your child with a positive outlook about the experience, build an understanding of what they will do, and help them to know this is a way to help the grown-ups do an even better job keeping the children safe.

River Trails D26 Covid-19 Update Center.

Saliva Testing Opt-Out Form

For more information about this program, click the Shield Illinois image.

Wellness & Safety Reminders

If a household member is/has gotten tested for COVID-19, DO NOT send any other household members to school until you receive NEGATIVE test results. For example, if big brother was tested for COVID-19 on Sunday and little brother feels fine, do not send little brother to school on Monday. Big brother can return after a negative COVID test result and no more symptoms. Little brother can return after big brother has negative COVID test result.

Students with the following symptoms may have COVID-19 and cannot attend school. You should report the absence and symptoms to school:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Concurrent Learning Qualifications

Concurrent Learning:

Any student who tests positive for Covid-19 or is exposed to COVID-19 and awaiting test results is eligible for virtual learning. However, this will be slightly different from the virtual learning arrangement that was in place last year. It will be an opportunity for the student to

  • observe and follow along with in-classroom lessons
  • stay connected with school by listening in and observing
  • minimal interactions with the teacher during class

Teachers will post that the day’s lessons and learning activities in Schoology or Seesaw (depending on grade level) and/or communicate that learning materials will be available at school for pick-up. The student will then be able to see and hear that day’s lesson through Google Meet.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact your school principal or the district office.

Transportation Information

Transportation info for parents:

Grand Prairie has routed all of the students who signed up late for bussing, and bus passes were sent home today. Updated route sheets will be updated (including one for a late start Thursday) to our website. Parents will be emailed with their most current information - bus route number, bus stop location, pickup and drop off time and seat assignment, which is the same for morning and afternoon).

There may be more than 47 students on the bus. IDPH has removed capacity restrictions on school buses. All students are required to wear masks and students have seat assignments.


A picture package order form was sent home at our parent meet and greet! Send that to school with your child and cash/check for your purchase. You can also order online ahead of time.

Online Prepay ordering information you can share with parents:

Online Order Code: 60352W

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Virtual Open House 8/31 at 5:30 pm

On Monday next week, teachers will share with homeroom families a link to join a Google Meet virtual meeting. Families will view an all school introduction from administration and then learn about the learning and growing experiences at Prairie Trails

5:30 start time

Look for communication from your child's homeroom teacher for the Google Meet Link.

Google Meet Links for your homeroom teacher will also be sent directly to your emails.

Please wear masks!!!!

Please send extra masks to school with your child. They get wet, dirty, and lost, we want your child to be comfortable. They can leave extras in their cubbies if needed.
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