Dear District 27 Parents,
We are thrilled to bring most of our students back to full, in-person instruction next week! It has been such an unusual time for all and we look forward to ending this school year strong. That being said, it will continue to take a community effort on behalf of our parents, students, and staff to keep our schools safe and protocols running smoothly during what is still a global pandemic.
While we will be operating at 3-6 feet of physical distancing in classrooms and 6 feet in lunchrooms, the definition of close contact (being within 6 feet of an individual who tests positive for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more) has not changed. Therefore, we do expect that we will need to quarantine more students than we have in the past when a positive case arises.
Now more than ever it is important that each student submits 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. With more students in the buildings, we need to keep this process moving efficiently to get students into their classrooms in 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. In addition:
Anyone traveling to an Orange state for less than 24 hours must be tested after they arrive home and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
Anyone traveling internationally should be tested 3-5 days after they arrive home and continue to quarantine for a full 7 days after their return.
All test results must be turned into the school nurse prior to returning to school.
Anyone who does not turn in a test result to their school nurse will need to quarantine for 10 days upon return home.
Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days is exempt from this guidance as long as they have completed the 10-day isolation period (from start of symptoms and/or positive test), have a documented positive test, and remain asymptomatic during their travel.
Student Absences/Remote Learning
With more students in the classrooms, it is also important that our students maintain a consistent learning environment. Students enrolled in full, in-person instruction are expected to attend school in-person on all school days unless they require a remote learning environment for COVID-19 symptoms or quarantine. Students should not be attending school remotely to accomodate for vacations or travel. This fluidity brings disruption to the student, their peers, and our teachers who cannot accommodate such requests.
Slowing Community Spread
We continue to monitor our local COVID-19 metrics where cases have been increasing in and around Suburban Cook County. Together, we must keep our schools a zero-transmission environment by taking precautionary measures both inside our schools and out in the greater community.
Thank you for your support and partnership in staying the course to safely reopen our schools.
Dave Kroeze, PhD.
Superintendent of Schools