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12.3.2021 10th Edition

Lost and Found Update

As I communicated in a prior email to the community, we are able to house lost items for about one quarter. This year we were able to house materials for a little longer. We displayed the items in the main hallway and each classroom walked by the materials several times over the course of a week. Unclaimed items were donated today!

I forgot....

If your child forgets something at home it is okay if they go without it for one day. Our teachers and staff are more then happy to accommodate a student if they forgot their Chromebook, homework, or a water bottle for the day. Students are not penalized.

The office will accept lunches. Why lunches? That is because we have staff who are able to check and deliver forgotten lunches prior to each lunch session.

If you have an emergency situation, an item your child requires and depends on throughout the day, we are happy to make a special accommodation.

Mental Health Resources

ReferralGPS is a web-based service focused on assisting our students, staff, and community in finding local mental-health and substance use related treatment. The service compliments the districts existing systems of support as a tool for student service teams and families to connect with treatment. Along with a searchable database of treatment options, ReferralGPS provides Care Navigation to assist families in triage, appointment setting, and follow-up care.

School district staff and families may access ReferralGPS in two ways:

  1. Contact Student Services (social workers, psychologists, counselors) to seek our treatment options.

  2. Visit our District 204 link at to search for treatment resources or connect with a Care Navigator anonymously.

ReferralGPS takes into account all types of private and public insurance including PPO, HMO, Medicaid, Medicare, and families who are uninsured or underinsured. The platform also filters by age, gender, zip code, and special requests.

ReferralGPS is available for use by district students, staff, and families at no cost. All information entered on the ReferralGPS tool is completely confidential and securely stored.

Giftmart Toyshop - Reminder

Deadline December 6, 2021

Again this year, various schools will be collecting toys for under-resourced families in Indian Prairie School District 204 as part of the Giftmart Program.

Parents or guardians of students in need have been invited via email to the Giftmart Toyshop. During the event new toys can be purchased for $2.00 each. 100% of the proceeds made from the sale of each toy will be donated back to the invited family’s school to fund much needed resources.

Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy that is safe for children ages 6-12. (No stuffed animals or board games, please). Toys will be collected from November 6 – December 6 in Giftmart Toy Collection Boxes located inside of the following schools: Metea Valley and Waubonsie Valley High Schools; Granger, Crone, Gregory, and Fischer Middle Schools; and Brooks, Cowlishaw, Fry, Graham, Georgetown, Gombert, May Watts, McCarty, Owen, Patterson, Petterson, Welch, and Young elementary Schools. Alternatively, a gift may be donated through the Amazon giving link.

Thank you for your generosity and participation! For a list of toy ideas, click here.

Indian Prairie transportation

Indian Prairie transportation continues to experience a severe bus driver shortage. This same shortage is impacting districts throughout the country and unfortunately the situation is not improving. District 204 is currently short numerous drivers/route packages that do not have a permanent driver assigned which causes routes to be combined or covered by another driver. First Student is using all methods possible to cover routes that are left open including using on call drivers, borrowed drivers from other areas of Illinois, First Student management, mechanics and office staff from around our area. These substitute drivers have the required license and training to drive the buses and typically are veteran drivers who have years of experience. Any driver behind the wheel transporting our students possesses an Illinois School Bus Permit. Before the drivers are able to transport students, they receive specialized training in student behavior management, loading and unloading, security and emergency medical procedures. The school bus industry operates by a set of safety, security, health and driver qualification guidelines that meet, and in some cases exceed, federal and state laws, and ensure that school buses are the safest mode of transportation for our students.

To overcome any daily shortages, we have a plan to combine routes in the area as needed, run sweeper routes and double turn routes. Due to the timing of drivers call offs, this information is not always immediately available until early in the morning when our priority is focused on getting the routes covered and communicating with the drivers.

Unfortunately, our driver shortage situation is not anticipated to be improved before the end of this school year. The driver shortage situation is extremely fluid and there is no recruitment and retention strategy that will be not be pursued. We are looking at all options, having discussions with drivers and making adjustments to our current incentives to reduce turnover and increase retention.

We thank you for your continued support and patience while we work through the current driver shortage situation we are experiencing.

Next Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board of Education meeting is at 7 pm on Monday, December 6, 2021 at the Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora. Meeting agendas and documents will be available online prior to the meeting. Indian Prairie School District 204 Board of Education meetings will require masks to be worn at all times by those attending the meeting. Video of the regular meeting can be streamed live or viewed the following day at the District’s YouTube channel.

Food Service

This year, we have been providing a grab and go style lunch at no charge to all students. Please visit the IPSD website for more information on the free meal program and for menu options.

Covid Dashboard

Positive cases of COVID-19 at each school in Indian Prairie 204 can be found on the District's COVID Dashboard. The information is updated each Monday by 4 pm. If your child is in close contact with someone who tested positive, a member of the COVID-19 Response Team will notify you directly regarding the need to quarantine as a precaution.

Nominate a Staff Member for the A+ Award

The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation and Wells Fargo Advisors are partnering for the eighth year to recognize our outstanding staff members who go above and beyond. To nominate someone who is making a difference, visit A+ Award.

Elementary School Hours

Regular Hours:

Arrival: Doors open at 8:50. Bell rings at 9:05. Students should be in class and ready to learn at 9:05.

Dismissal: 3:35 Every Day


Arrival on Wednesdays ONLY-Doors open at 9:00 and bell rings at 9:15.

Dismissal: 3:35

Upcoming Events

Monday, December 6th School Board Meeting at 7:00

Wednesday, December 15th Staff vs. 5th Grade Pro Bowl 11:20-11:35! CEC and School board coming!

Monday, December 20th Prelude Parent Information Night at Granger

Wednesday, December 22nd Student Holiday Party

Thursday, December 23rd - Friday, January 7th No School - Winter Break

Wednesday, January 26- PTA Zoom Meeting at 7:00 on Zoom - Link below

Navigating Nancy Young Elementary

To learn about arrival and dismissal procedures please click the picture or click here.