District 109 Community Update

May 7th, 2021

A Message From Mike: Appreciating Our Staff

DPS 109 community,

As we wrap up Staff Appreciation Week, I wanted to take a moment to publicly pat the 109 team and you on the back. It’s been evident through all of the art projects, kind gestures, creative signs, and overwhelming free food that you appreciate them and support them. They have bent over backwards and constantly adapted to the changing conditions this school year has presented. They are everything you could ask for in creating the best educational environment for your children. Thank you for being so kind to them. Our excellence as a district depends on them, and it’s heartwarming to see the recognition of their hard work.


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The Best Thing We Saw This Week: A Family Reunion!

It was such an honor to be part of a special surprise this week when the Munzing family was reunited outside of Walden! James Munzing had been deployed as part of the National Guard in Africa for the last year and surprised his sons by picking them up. They thought he wasn't going to be back for a few weeks! Check out photos below and click on the link to watch the story from NBC 5 News.
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COVID News Update -- Vaccine Opportunities!

You will find the same information in the video as you do written below. Watch or read, you choose!
DPS 109 COVID News Update: Friday, May 7


DPS 109 has partnered with local organizations to provide our families with two options for individuals 12+ to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. All of this is contingent on the FDA granting Emergency Use Authorization for 12-15 year olds, which many believe may happen soon.

#1 DEERFIELD HIGH SCHOOL -- as of 3 p.m. today, there were not available slots

WHEN: Sunday, May 16 & Sunday, June 6

WHO'S ELIGIBLE?: All eligible DPS 109 students, employees, and their families 12 years of age and older -- residency doesn't matter

CAN I SIGN UP TODAY?: Yes. Sign-up opened at 10 a.m. today and links were provided to eligible individuals today. There are separate links for both days and you need to register for both days. If you need a link, contact communications@dps109.org


WHEN: First doses being offered May 17, May 20, & May 24. Second doses will be scheduled on-site after completing your first dose.

WHO'S ELIGIBLE?: All eligible DPS 109 students and their families 12 years and older -- we are still checking on staff eligibility.

CAN I SIGN UP TODAY?: No. A registration link will be provided directly to School District 109 families once the EUA is granted. Following the first dose, patients will register on-site for their second dose.


No determination has been made and nothing has changed since last week. 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 0.08%. (April 30, May 3-6)

-Overall SHIELD positivity rate is 0.07% (out of all valid samples collected since Feb 17)

-New cases per 100K (as of 5/5) is 63.84 for zip code 60015 (yellow range)

-New cases per 100K (as of 5/5) for Lake County is 73.36 (orange range)

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

Board of Education Meeting Schedule Change & Welcome to our New Members!

Monday, the Board of Education welcomed two new members and held their reorganization meeting to elect new officers. This lineup will be in place until after the Spring 2023 election.

Additionally, the Board approved next year's meeting schedule, which now moves meetings to Thursday nights at 7 p.m. beginning in July. You can read the Board Briefs, look at next year's meeting schedule, and watch the video of last night's meeting by clicking HERE.

Scheduled Downtime for Skyward Family Access on Saturday

Skyward Family Access will be down beginning Saturday, May 8th, at 8:00 a.m. until midnight CST, while they are performing upgrades. Please plan accordingly.

Fun Summer Ideas For The Whole Family

With Earth Month wrapping up and summer around the corner, students and parents alike are thinking more about the outdoors - away from monitors and virtual meetings. CTAD's May newsletter is full of ideas for summer activities you can enjoy as a family.