D34 Parent News
Timely news for District 34 families and the community
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Health & Safety Updates
Today, tomorrow, over the weekend, and throughout next week (and beyond) we will be adding details of the health and safety protocols and other back-to-school information on the Back2School pages of our website. We will always email you directly with the most important updates, and building principals and teachers will share the details that are specific to each school or classroom.
Meantime, we will highlight some important information about a few of our protocols.
Mask Requirement Reduces Quarantines
Masks are required on buses and in buildings. They are not required outdoors.
Executive Order 2021-18 requires that all teachers, staff, students and visitors to PK-12 schools in Illinois wear a mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. This mandate aligns with clear and consistent guidance from all of the public health agencies that have guided the District's decisions throughout the pandemic (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Cook County Department of Public Health) as well as the Illinois State Board of Education.
Having a mask-required environment is the key to the District's goal of keeping all students, in person, every day, in the safest environment possible. It allows the definition of close contact in schools to be those who are within 3' (rather than 6'). In addition, students whose families opt in to SHIELD testing (see below) can "test to stay" if they are close contacts within the school setting. In that situation, a close contact tests 1, 3, 5 and 7 days after exposure to a positive COVID case. If they remain without symptoms and continue to test negative, they are able to stay in school; they do not have to quarantine.
SHIELD Screening Testing
The District will implement weekly SHIELD testing in mid-September. Parents can opt in through PowerSchool beginning August 13.
District 34 will be conducting optional, weekly, screening testing for COVID-19 for any student or staff members who opt in to participate, regardless of vaccination status. The District has partnered with the University of Illinois to test students and staff using the SHIELD test. The SHIELD test requires only a small amount of saliva from an individual and provides results within 24 hours.
The School District strongly encourages participation, but consent for testing is completely voluntary and will not be administered unless you indicate that you wish your child to participate by clicking “I consent” in PowerSchool. The consent form will be on the PowerSchool home screen, and available by clicking the COVID19 (21-22) icon in the left navigation bar as well.
Screening testing allows for early detection of COVID-positive cases, before symptoms arise, decreasing the chance of spread in school. And, again, it allows your child to "test to stay" in the event that they are a close contact, meaning no need to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic and continue to test negative on days 1, 3, 5 and 7 after exposure.
District and school leaders are working with SHIELD and Med-Call, the third party provider that is coordinating testing in all of our schools, to develop the most efficient protocols to reduce time while maintaining the effectiveness of the testing. Each building will have slightly different schedules and procedures. We expect to begin testing in mid-September. Look for more details on the website in the coming days and weeks, as well as in emails from the District and your child's school.
Middle School Families: Proof of Vaccination Requested
In order to facilitate contact tracing and reduce any unnecessary quarantines, District 34 requests that families of middle school students who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 provide proof of vaccination. There is no need to submit paperwork; simply log into PowerSchool and enter the dates your child received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The District will verify this information through the state's I-CARE system.
District 34 follows the guidance of the Cook County Department of Public Health, which is to follow the City of Chicago's travel guidance.
Domestic Travel: Unvaccinated individuals who travel to states/territories on the travel advisory list should quarantine for 10 days, or receive a negative test within 72 hours prior to arrival in Cook County.
International Travel: The CDC requires all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. In addition, international travelers should get a PCR test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. (The quarantine will be a minimum of 7 days, even when providing a negative PCR test sooner than that time.)
In either case, fully vaccinated individuals, or those who have tested positive for COVID-19 within three months, do not have to test or quarantine upon return. However, they must monitor their health for 14 days after arrival.
As travel is optional, students who must quarantine for travel will not receive support from the grade center teachers that are providing instruction for students in COVID-related quarantines.
Safe2Help Illinois: Anytime, Anywhere, Confidential Help for Students
We know that the pandemic has taken an emotional toll on children across the country, and in our community. District 34 was chosen as a pilot district, and now is fully participating in a statewide school safety program called Safe2Help Illinois. This program offers students a safe and confidential way to share information that may help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence, and other threats to student safety. The program also includes educational resources for students aimed at fostering a culture of kindness and resources for educators and parents to reinforce the program concepts.
Safe2Help Illinois features a 24/7 helpline (1-844-4-SAFEIL), free mobile app, and dedicated website (www.Safe2Helpil.com). Students can use Safe2Help Illinois to share concerns about themselves or others in a confidential (but not anonymous) environment.
Once vetted, the information will be immediately shared with local school officials, mental health professionals, and/or local law enforcement, depending on the nature of the tip. It is important to note that this program is not intended to punish, suspend or expel students. Rather, the intent is to encourage students to “seek help before harm,” with the goal of intervening and helping students before they harm themselves or others.
Long-term goals of Safe2Help Illinois are to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues, promote a culture of kindness, and instill important lessons such as the difference between telling and tattling, internet safety, and suicide prevention.
In the first few days of school, our students in grades 3-8 will receive a Safe2Help Illinois sticker to put on their iPads (which will have the Safe2Help app installed on them). Intermediate (3-5) and middle school teachers also will take time in class to introduce students to Safe2Help. While the District will be phasing out promotion of Text-A-Tip, it still will be a resource shared on the #BeWell34 for Students page of our website.
Email Preferences: Get What You Want (And Not What You Don't!)
Food Service News
Due to the pandemic, the USDA has extended a meal program that allows us to feed children for free this school year. Every D34 student can receive one free breakfast and one free lunch each school day throughout the 2021-2022 school year. Milk is included with each meal, but does cost $0.60 if purchased without a meal.
Questions about your child’s lunch status, lunch account or application? Here's who to contact:
Jill Conner - (847) 486-7702
Assistant to the Director of Food Service
Kimberly Cleveland - (847) 486-7711
Director of Food Service
We Heard You! Curriculum Nights Remain Virtual
August 26, Primary School Curriculum Night (Henking Lyon, Westbrook)
September 2, Intermediate School Curriculum Night (Glen Grove, Hoffman, Pleasant Ridge)
September 9, Middle School Curriculum Night (Attea, Springman)
Building Future in D34
With construction well underway at Henking, Lyon, Westbrook and Springman to , you’ll notice some exciting changes in and around our building. Fencing is up to safely enclose construction areas and traffic of construction vehicles entering and exiting the designated entrances.
Construction on the new addition will continue throughout the school year. Our parking lots will remain in use. There may be some isolated times when delivery or other activity might occupy a small part of the parking lot, but these will be temporary and we will notify you ahead of time if activity disrupts arrival and/or dismissal.
Construction workers will not be inside the school building unless accompanied by the site superintendent, and construction workers will be clearly identifiable with visitor badges.
If you see a safety issue, please contact your building principal or D34 Director of Operations Steve Ruelli. For additional information and construction schedule, visit our Building Future: Referendum Progress page.
Save the Dates!
This year we will be providing both virtual and in-person presentations for you to attend. Don't worry - you don't have to choose either/or... you can attend both!
Look out for more information to come about our September events Catching Up & Missing Out on September 22 & 28!
Find how to get help, and how to stock the shelves with donations to the Foundation's Amazon Wish List!
It's a Sign: First Day of School
Click the images below to download your child's first day of school sign!
News from Community Partners
Need Wesley on Wednesday? Openings Are Available!
Glenview Public Library Wants Your Input!
The Glenview Public Library is conducting a community survey to gather input that will help determine their service priorities. This simple 15 question survey will only take a few minutes to complete. Help them to help the Glenview community. Take the survey at glenviewpl.org.
This survey includes Spanish, Korean, Polish, and Russian translations.
Job Opportunity with Med-Call Our SHIELD Testing Partner
Med-Call is seeking committed candidates to assist with the collection of COVID-19 test kits in D34 schools (with opportunities to work with other schools that Med-Call serves as well).
These positions are not demanding, but timely attendance and considerable commuting throughout the day will be involved. Collectors may be expected to drive to 3 to 4 school sites per day to collect completed COVID tests. All candidates are required to have their own transportation.
These positions will be part time or full time, with candidates expected to work during school hours, Monday through Friday. Strong computer/data entry experience is required. Although healthcare experience is ideal, it is not a requirement for this position.
We will be scheduling informative Zoom calls in the coming days to share more information on these assignments, the requirements, the locations, and the training. If you would like to join in on these orientation calls, please apply and include your resume. One of our Chicagoland recruiters will then reach out to you and schedule you in for our next call. Background check, car insurance, and valid drivers license required.
- Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Contract
- Pay: $15.00 - $20.00 per hour
If you are interested, please contact Kathleen Loomis 708-971-3656.
Events, Programs & Activities Around the Community
District 34's digital backpack is through a flyer communication tool called Peachjar. You should have received a welcome email from Peachjar that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences, but you do not need to log in to receive or view school digital flyers. When you receive your first eflyer, be sure to click “always display images.”
This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. You also will be able to visit your school’s website to see school-approved digital flyers by clicking the Peachjar button on each school’s website.
Note: Peachjar is free to our schools because community partners pay a small service fee to post and distribute digital flyers (typically much less than the cost to copy and deliver paper flyers).