Dear District 27 Parents,
We just finished our first week of the 2020-2021 school year and we are very grateful to be working with our students again. We are incredibly proud of our students and staff for the way they showed up with their best foot forward this week, knowing this new school environment would be unlike anything they have ever experienced. We also want to thank our parents for their incredible support as we opened up school. What a wonderful community in which to live and work. Thank you to everyone.
Ongoing safety protocols
As we continue to fall into more comfortable routines, it is imperative that all students have completed their health check-in prior to arriving at school each morning and wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose, and fits snugly against the sides of their face with no gaps. Athletic masks, neck warmers/gaiters, and face coverings with valves are not permitted. It is clear that our families have worked closely with their children on proper mask usage. The students are doing a fantastic job!
Reporting absence to mitigate risk
Thank you for your commitment to mitigating the risk of illness for your child and our staff. We had a great week in regard to health and safety. As we continue to partner together, we want to reaffirm the procedure for reporting absences so that we can both protect privacy and prevent the spread of illness. Please take a moment to review these three key steps:
1. Continue to report your child's absences by using the Parent Portal App or simply calling the school office.
2. If you believe your child is presenting COVID-19 symptoms, please call the school office who will direct you to the school nurse. The school nurse will follow up with you.*
3. Call your physician who will advise next steps.
* It is important that you contact the school office rather than your child’s teacher so that the District can follow its internal procedures of notifying staff of student absences and maintaining student privacy.
** Students in grades 2-8 may attend remotely in this case. For students in grades K-1, a remote learning plan will be established for any child who will be out of school for a sustained amount of time and feels well enough to participate remotely.
When a confirmed COVID-19 case is identified, the District will send a notification to parents. In accordance with FERPA, no specific identification of the person will be shared. However, the Cook County Department of Public Health will work with the District to investigate any close contact that may have occurred. Close contacts will be notified and moved to a remote format for at least 14 days.
We thank you for your continued patience and support as we get into the flow of the hybrid schedule and remote learning. Every new experience comes with an adjustment period. Our students and staff are fully equipped with the tools they will need to succeed this year. As with everything else, practice will make perfect. See you next week!
Dave Kroeze, PhD.
Superintendent of Schools