School News You Can Use!
I hope you had a wonderful week! We know there were a lot of moving pieces as we transitioned as a school into our Hybrid Model of learning as well as welcomed our kindergartners back into school yesterday. Next week, we look forward to 1st and 2nd graders joining us in-person on Tuesday and 3rd grade on Thursday! Hooray! Please take a moment to watch the informational video about our protocols and procedures for in-person learning shared below. This will share information on how we are coordinating arrival, dismissal, earliest times to enter school, bathroom protocols, etc. Your child may find this video helpful as well!
I have also attached another video below that I would recommend for all parents to watch. It has to do with our exclusion guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health. This video explains when your child may not be able to come to school due to health reasons, why they may need to stay home, and for how long. Let's hope we have very few families who will need to know this, but for your own planning, it's helpful to be aware of these protocols if your child is coming to school for in-person instruction.
Just as a reminder, we have no school on Monday and we will see you back at school on Tuesday! Have a wonderful weekend!
Stephanie Strenger, Walden Principal
Walden's In-Person Learning Protocols and Procedures Video
We recognize and are mindful of the fact that many families may have had difficulty getting children in for physical, dental, and eye exams as the COVID-19 pandemic presented many challenges to routine medical care; however, at this time, all child-health related requirements for school attendance, remain in effect for children in public, private, or parochial schools, as per 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1.
Health-related examinations and immunization requirements are due no later than October 15. There is no language in the Code that differentiates on-site/physical learning vs. remote/distance learning. Therefore all students are required to have the necessary documentation completed by October 15.
At this point in time you will have already received communication from our building nurse if your child is currently missing the required documentation. Students not in compliance with the health examination and immunization requirements will be excluded from school beginning Thursday, October 15, 2020. Please reach out with any questions as we want to partner with you to ensure compliance with these requirements. Thank you.