Dear District 27 Parents,
What a great week! It has felt like the first day of school all over again. Our students are thrilled to be on a more consistent schedule, and we could not be more excited to have all their enthusiastic energy back in the school buildings.
As we approach spring State testing, I wanted to give you an update on the Illinois State Board of Education’s plans and mandates regarding the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) and the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA).
Although the U.S. Department of Education is continuing to require all states to administer their state assessments, states were given latitude to reduce the length/volume of testing. Unfortunately, no changes have been made by the Illinois State Board of Education to reduce the testing requirements in light of the pandemic, despite our best efforts and requests made to the state superintendent and Governor. Funding the district receives is tied to the administration of the IAR and ISA. Thus, our District is moving forward with implementing a spring testing schedule that brings as minimal disruption to our students and District families as possible. The schedule is as follows:
• May 3: ISA testing at Wood Oaks (8th grade only)
• May 3-5: ISA testing at Shabonee (5th grade only)
• May 10-12: IAR testing at Shabonee and Wood Oaks (Grades 3-8)
Your child’s principal will provide additional information regarding testing. For our fully remote families, a separate communication will be sent to you within the coming weeks.
It is extremely important that each student continues 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. This has happened quite a few times this week. With more students in the buildings, we need to keep this process moving efficiently to get students into their classrooms on time to start the day.
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.
Thank you for your continued partnership and support.
Dave Kroeze, PhD.
Superintendent of Schools