January 26, 2022
Parents and Guardians,
We have a number of activities and events in the coming weeks and months as we begin the second half of the 2021-2022 school year. Our staff has been working diligently to ensure the continued success of all our students. In the coming weeks we are celebrating Black History Month at both schools. Please review their respective website for activity dates and times.
Starting the week of January 11, students, teachers, and community have the opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essential Survey. The survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of our school. The survey will be administered online by the UChicago Impact. There are five key indicators: effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment, and Ambitious Instruction. These areas are essential to our overall school improvement efforts. Please take the opportunity to complete the survey.
The window is open until March 11, 2022.
NWEA testing will start next month. We use the results as a mid-point indicator. These data will give us a measure of how your child has done through the first four months of school. Our teachers are prepared to help our students achieve at the highest level possible, providing needed supports where necessary.
As many of you are aware there have been several changes in the Covid-19 protocol in recent days. We are working closely with our local officials and Regional Office to ensure we are adhering to the latest requirements. With that in mind, we are making an adjustment to our quarantine procedures as noted by the latest guidelines. Effective immediately, any vaccinated or non-vaccinated student who tests positive for Covid-19 will have to quarantine for at least five days if they are asymptomatic. If they continue to have no symptoms, they can return to school. All vaccinated close contacts who are not symptomatic may return to school if symptoms are not evident. All who are unvaccinated and identified as close contacts are required to quarantine for five days. Some may be frustrated at many of the decisions we have made regarding the switch in our protocols to reflect the new CDC guidance, please understand we ae trying to do the best for all students and teachers. We will continue to monitor the ever changing guidance from the CDC, IDPH, CCDPH and ISBE and make changes to the protocols as noted.
Thank you for your continued patience with us as we work each day to keep our students and staff safe and to provide daily, in-person learning. I will remind you once again that the health and safety of our staff and students remains my top priority. Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions you may have.
Dwayne E. Evans, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Instill learning as a life-long process by creating an environment where every student has the opportunity to develop their full potential, be empowered with confidence, and be prepared for future challenges in a global society.
Creating a nurturing learning community where excellence is expected of everyone.