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.
The Best Thing We Saw This Week: A Family Reunion!
COVID News Update -- Vaccine Opportunities!
TWO OPPORTUNITIES VACCINES FOR AGES 12+
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 email@example.com
#2 PATTY TURNER CENTER
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.
CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION... WHAT DOES SCHOOL NEXT YEAR LOOK LIKE?:
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.