Dear District 27 Parents,
Thank you for your patience in allowing us time to fully assess our return from Adaptive Pause.
Returning from Adaptive Pause
After monitoring local and state COVID-19 metrics, seeking guidance from the Illinois and Cook County Departments of Public Health, and tracking our staffing levels and substitute availability, we expect to return from our Adaptive Pause as scheduled on Tuesday, January 19.
On that date, unless there is a dramatic shift in the aforementioned key areas, we will resume our hybrid synchronous learning model with the A/B schedule (grades 2-8) and fully in-person learning (grades K-1) while continuing to follow all of our established safety protocols.
Re-Entry Opportunity for Fully Remote Students
Families who enrolled their children in fully remote instruction at the beginning of this school year will be receiving a notice today seeking information on which students would like to begin attending school in-person. Those who seek re-entry will be expected to attend school in-person, full-time (grades K-1) or on their assigned A/B Day (grades 2-8) starting Monday, February 1. We expect to send out a similar notice for re-entry around mid-March (to begin school April 12). All fully remote students who are interested in returning will be accepted. There is enough space to have them return safely. If your children are currently enrolled as fully remote and you do not receive a re-entry email today, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-Certification Health Questionnaire
As a reminder, a Self-Certification Health Questionnaire must be completed each morning for every student attending school in-person. The questionnaire asks if your child or anyone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, been in close contact, or is experiencing symptom onset. We also require that any student who has traveled outside of suburban Cook County, as outlined by the CCDPH, for more than 24 hours, quarantines for 14 days from the date they returned home. Anyone who has traveled internationally to a country identified as Risk Level 2-4 by the CDC must also quarantine for 14 days from the date they returned home.
COVID-19 Guidance & Quarantine Update
Last month, the CDC suggested a reduced quarantine period. Earlier this week, the Illinois Department of Public Health released updated guidance that allows school districts flexibility in the quarantine period for asymptomatic individuals who have had close contact or probable close contact with COVID-19. The updated guidance is noted here in red. We continue to follow a 14-day quarantine period for all individuals (symptomatic or asymptomatic) as recommended by the CCDPH.
Your partnership in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and greater community continues to be vital in allowing us to provide in-person instruction for our students. We appreciate this unified effort and look forward to seeing the students back on January 19.
Dave Kroeze, PhD.
Superintendent of Schools