Dear District 27 Parents,
It has been absolutely wonderful seeing more students in the school buildings these past several weeks! It is hard to believe that there is less than a month left of this most unusual yet remarkable school year. We cannot thank you enough for your unwavering support.
As we finish out these last few weeks of school, it is important to remember that the definition of close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) has not changed and that we continue to run the risk of quarantining larger groups of students than we have prior to the Illinois Department of Public Health and State Board of Education recommending 3-6 feet of distancing for our schools.
Note Regarding 8th Grade
We continue to strictly adhere to all of our safety protocols including the daily self-certification process and travel guidelines outlined below. However, we realize that some families may be worried about a potential quarantine affecting their child’s graduation events. We would like to offer 8th grade students the opportunity to participate in fully remote instruction for the final two weeks prior to graduation (May 17-28) if that is something they wish to pursue. Anyone interested in this option should contact the Wood Oaks Office by Wednesday, May 12.
It is extremely important that students continue to submit their Daily Self-Certification Questionnaire prior to arriving at school each morning. When we conduct temperature checks upon arrival, ID cards are scanned to make sure the questionnaire has already been submitted. If the questionnaire has not been submitted, our staff must assist the student in completing it prior to school entry, thus slowing down the morning arrival process for all students. We need to keep this process moving efficiently to get students into their classrooms on time.
We continue to follow all travel guidance issued by the Cook County Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control. The most up-to-date guidance can be found here. Any student traveling from a state on the Orange list on this webpage is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in suburban Cook County. If unable to meet this requirement while out of state, they can be tested after they arrive home and quarantine until they receive a negative test result. Anyone that does not submit a test result to their school nurse will need to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival home. Please be aware that the list of Orange states changes on a weekly basis.
Thank you for your partnership!
Dave Kroeze, PhD.
Superintendent of Schools