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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Dr. Hank Thiele

Superintendent

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April 3, 2020 at noon

To all District 99 students and families

Update for April 3, 2020

Dear District 99 Community:

Thank you for your patience as we determined our schedule and procedures as we follow the state’s stay-at-home orders through April. Although our physical buildings are closed, learning will continue. In addition, we will continue to support our students’ emotional needs and offer meals to any student in need. 

We have created this “D99 Remote Learning Days Guidance for Students and Families” document to guide you through our new learning environment. This Remote Learning Plan is based on the Illinois State Board of Education guidelines, teacher feedback from our two weeks before break, student feedback that was collected and analyzed, and parent feedback that we have received. 

Highlights of Remote Learning Days

  • District 99 will continue with Remote Learning Days throughout the month of April and will follow a “block schedule.” To prepare for this new schedule, Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7 have been designated as Teacher Planning Days. There will be no student instruction or responsibilities on these days. On Wednesday, April 8, our Remote Learning schedule will begin. Click here to see the schedule. 
  • Teachers will use Google classroom to post all lessons, assignments and reminders by 9 a.m. the day the class is scheduled to meet.
  • Students should check their email regularly. Classes may or may not meet virtually (synchronously) during the assigned block time. If teachers do hold a class virtually, they will do so at their regularly assigned time.
  • Every Friday is reserved as a wrap-up of the week and for students to seek additional help from and connections with their teachers, if needed. Teachers will be communicating their Office Hours to students; these times are when they are available in “real time” to help. 
  • For attendance, students must check in once each day, Monday through Thursday, by 6 p.m. on this Google form. If students do not check in or call in absent, they will be marked as absent. If a student does not engage in learning during the week, they will be marked absent by the teacher on Friday. We ask that you please fill out this form to report positive confirmations of a student or a family member in a student’s household.
  • Teachers will continue to use the electronic gradebook (Home Access Center) to track assignments and record grades. Although semester grades cannot go down during Remote Learning, a student may receive an incomplete if they do not participate in remote learning.
  • Remote Learning Days are school days. Students are expected to keep up with their assignments and engage in learning activities as they would during the regular calendar year. This is the best way to ensure that learning progresses during this time. We also want to make sure that we are helping to care for students.  

I ask that students and families all keep in mind that everyone is new to Remote Learning. It is ok to make mistakes - it is absolutely expected that we all will. I ask that everyone only worry about what they can control and be patient. Please do your best. Your best is enough.

Continuation of Meals

In partnership with our affiliated school districts, District 99 will continue to provide food for those in need. Please click here to see the process for next week, starting Monday, April 6.

A reminder that the Village of Woodridge is hosting a Woodridge Drive-Up Food Pantry on Friday, April 3 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Cypress Cove, 8301 S. Janes Avenue for those who need help. Click here for details.

Thank You

This is not an ideal situation. We are asking for patience, flexibility and most of all, grace, during these challenging times. We are asking everyone to do their best. We will learn and adjust as we move forward, and welcome your feedback along the way. You can find all of the information related to these changes at csd99.org/updates. Our Positively North and Mustang Way programs help us to foster a positive school climate, where we are all “respectful, responsible and engaged.”  Now more than ever before we should be inspired by these ideals.

Although our society is full of uncertainty right now, I’m confident that keeping our teachers and learning in your child’s life will help provide some degree of normalcy and stability. 

Thank you again for your patience and support. Together, we will do our best for our students.

Thank you,

Dr. Hank Thiele
District 99 Superintendent

March 31, 2020 at 2:40 p.m.

From District 99 to all students and families

Update for March 31, 2020

 

Dear District 99 Community:

I hope you all are doing well and staying safe.

Governor Pritzker has officially closed all public schools until May 1. District 99 will continue with Remote Learning Days throughout the month of April. We will share details of our Remote Learning days by this Friday, April 3.

Currently, our academic team is working through other details, such as grading, attendance procedures and other expectations. Their work is based in part on the survey feedback conducted last week along with the new state guidelines on Remote Learning. Last week, we asked both students and teachers to find out what worked and what could be improved upon for Remote Learning moving forward. We also received extensive guidance from the state last week that provided us with many options and expectations around teaching and learning in the new format, which we have been processing this week. We will share these details with you by this Friday on what our plans are for next week and moving forward. 

As we’ve shared, District 99 will continue to provide food for those in need. We will follow up by Friday with the future schedule and procedures. Please check your email for procedures. In the meantime, please know that the Village of Woodridge is hosting a Woodridge Drive-Up Food Pantry on Friday, April 3 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Cypress Cove, 8301 S. Janes Avenue for those who need help. Click here for details.

Please refer to www.csd99.org/updates to see all of the messages we have issued and other important information, and please continue to follow the guidelines to keep you and your family healthy and safe.

Thank you,

Dr. Hank Thiele
District 99 Superintendent

March 28, 2020 at 8:40 a.m.

From District 99 to all students and families

Update for March 28, 2020

Dear District 99 Community:

As we begin our spring break 2020, it is not what any of us anticipated. Everyone has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you all for your support, flexibility and patience as we all navigate this crisis together.

We received guidance from the Governor and the Illinois State Board of Education late in the evening yesterday. At this point, we are still reviewing this guidance, which includes what the requirements (i.e., grading, attendance, schedule, and other expectations) are for remote learning. Although our buildings are closed, our educators will continue to keep learning and student achievement moving forward after spring break. Please watch for additional information next week.

Although we need to review and interpret this new information, we want to provide as much information about what we know at this point:

  • Sharing our Schedule: District 99 will observe spring break next week, Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3. We are tentatively planning to return to school on Wednesday,  April 8, which is when the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation is set to expire; however, we will be monitoring the situation and this date may change. 
  • Planning for Standardized Testing: The SAT/PSAT planned for April 14, 2020 has been canceled. For many students, this SAT was the only free opportunity to take a college entrance exam. Plans are underway to reschedule this exam for current juniors to take the SAT in the fall. As soon as we hear what the final plans are, we will share them with you.  We have notified students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes what the plans are for testing. We will follow up in the coming weeks with additional information.
  • Continuing Meals for those in Need: After spring break, District 99 will continue to provide food for those in need. We will follow up next week with the future schedule and procedures. Please check your email for pick-up and sign-up procedures.
  • Staying Healthy: During these stressful times, it’s helpful to separate fact from fiction; please click here to see new information from the Federal Emergency Management Association and click here for information from the Centers for Disease Control. In addition to your physical health, please take care of your mental health as well; please see our resources here
  • Staying Connected: District 99 continues to come together online. You can find links to our social media channels here, and see what’s happening on Twitter here

Please know that as we move forward, we are committed to continuing to provide opportunities for learning and meeting the nutritional requirements of all of our students wo require meal assistance. We will continue to update our page at www.csd99.org/updates with all messages we issue and other important information. In the meantime, please follow the guidelines to keep you and your family healthy and safe.

We know that you likely have many questions and that many unknowns remain. What we do know, however, is that we will continue to stay positive and support one another through this difficult time in our world’s history.

Thank you,

Dr. Hank Thiele

District 99 Superintedent

March 26, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

From District 99 to all students and families

Stay At Home Order Enforcement: Parks & Facilities

To The Downers Grove Community:
 
To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Illinois and protect our friends, neighbors, and vulnerable populations, Governor Pritker adopted a Stay at Home Order which began on March 21, 2020. 
 
It is CRUCIAL that you follow CDC recommendations for social distancing due to COVID-19. This means keeping a 6-foot distance from others. We encourage you to enjoy fresh air and outdoor recreation through ‘dispersed recreation’ by participating in outdoor activities AWAY from others.
 
According to the Stay at Home Order, parks remain open to allow folks to walk, hike or jog. Areas designed for group activities such as playgrounds, courts and sports fields are off limits. These areas do not provide the opportunity to practice social distancing.
 
In support of the Stay at Home Order, playgrounds throughout the community are in the process of being cordoned off with caution tape and additional signage is being added to the areas and facilities that are closed.  
 
For your health and safety, the Village of Downers Grove, Downers Grove Park District, District 58 and District 99 urge you to comply with the Stay at Home Order and avoid gathering at playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, and sports fields.
 
Please keep in mind that every action we take as individuals during this time affects the entire community.  
 
Thank you for cooperation during these challenging times. 
 
District 99
Village of Downers Grove
Downers Grove Park District
District 58

March 24, 2020 at 4 p.m.

From Principal Ed Schwartz to DGS students and families

Message to DGS Families

Greetings,

Whether you are a student, parent/guardian, or a member of the staff, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you.  I continue to be impressed and humbled by the work being done in and around our school community. Everyone is doing their best to adapt to our new learning environment, making sure that we are meeting all of our student needs while trying to stay connected - social distancing does not mean we need to stop being social.

Our Counseling and Student Support Services Department continues to support our students, staff, and families.  During this national health crisis, it is even more important to pay attention to our overall wellness. They have provided resources for all members of our community (and specific to our role) on the site linked here and will continue to update it with important and relevant information.

Franczek, the law firm that works with District 99, has partnered with the DuPage Regional Office of Education and Glen Ellyn School District 41 to provide a series of livestreams designed to help families manage crisis in a healthy and constructive way.  The program is designed to help us focus on those things in our life that are in our control and how to harness the power of community to help us all thrive during this difficult time.  This program is also linked on the site mentioned earlier.

Finally, as we complete the Continuity of Learning day tomorrow and head into spring break, Ms. Martinez (Student Activities) will be sending every student the Spring Break Challenge.  You will have an opportunity to fill your days with fun, and earn chances to win valuable prizes.  

As we get additional guidance from state officials, District 99 will update you with information regarding school and learning activities.  In the meantime, I hope that everyone continues to stay healthy. While I am physically missing everyone, know that I feel more a part of a community than ever before.

All my best,

Ed Schwartz
Principal

March 24, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

From Principal Janice Schwarze to DGN students and families

Message to DGN Families

Hi DGN Families:

I thought you might be interested in seeing this message I sent to students this morning. As you can see, we are trying to keep students as connected to DGN as possible during these challenging times. Any support you can provide at home regarding helping students complete school work would be greatly appreciated. In addition, please encourage your child to get involved in some of the fun virtual activities we have planned for this week, and for those who need it, to check out the Counseling and Student Support Services website.There’s information on this website for parents/guardians, too, so hopefully you will check it out.

Also, I wanted to share this opportunity for parents/guardians.The law firm Franczek has partnered with the DuPage Regional Office of Education and Glen Ellyn School District 41 to provide a series of livestreams designed to help families manage crisis in a healthy and constructive way.The program will include coping skills geared toward families, how to harness the power of community to help children, and practical tips to ensure we continue to thrive during this difficult time. While District 99 is not involved in producing the livestreams, I wanted to share this resource with you in case you find it helpful.

We at District 99 will update you with information regarding school and learning activities after spring break once we receive guidance from state officials. In the meantime, I hope you are well and that you are enjoying this extra time with your children.  I also hope to see you sometime soon in person!

Take care,

Janice Schwarze

Principal

March 24, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.

From District 99 to all staff, students and families

Confirmed COVID-19 Case

*** TO DISTRICT 99 AND DISTRICT 58 STAFF, STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ***

Dear District 99 and District 58 Community:

District 99 and District 58 are sharing information that we have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our school community. 

The affected individual is not a staff member or a student. We have been in contact with the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD), and they have identified that there is no increased risk to our students and staff, beyond the existing community spread. 

The DCHD is reporting, as of March 23, 2020, that there are a total of 95 cases identified across DuPage County. We anticipate the numbers will continue to increase over the coming days and weeks. You can locate additional information about COVID-19 on the DCHD’s website at www.dupagehealth.org/COVID19. NOTE: District 99 and District 58 will not continue to report any new cases beyond this initial report. Please refer to the DCHD’s website and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for the most recent information. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided substantial guidance on managing COVID-19; please check the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov and talk with your personal healthcare provider if you have questions. In summary, the CDC notes:

Most people who get sick with COVID-19 will have only mild illness and should recover at home. Older adults (over age 60 years) and people of any age with certain serious underlying medical conditions like lung disease, heart disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness and should seek care as soon as symptoms start.

Most people who have exposure to COVID-19 or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 do not require testing for COVID-19. Right now, the IDPH is recommending testing only for individuals who require hospitalization or for people who are part of a cluster of two or more possible or confirmed cases in a residential setting, such as an assisted living facility, group home, homeless shelter or correctional setting. Depending on symptoms, exposure and testing availability, your personal healthcare provider may be able to arrange testing at a commercial lab.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Stay in isolation at home until at least seven days after symptoms started AND three days after fever resolves (without any fever medications like Tylenol) AND symptoms are getting better. 

You can locate more information about COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to one of us directly.

Sincerely,

Dr. Hank Thiele

District 99 Superintendent

Dr. Kevin Russell

District 58 Superintendent

March 23, 2020 at 11 a.m.

From District 99 to all students and families:

Orders Due Today for Student Meals during Spring Break

Hello,

Just a reminder that we will be offering boxes containing five school breakfast and lunch meals to assist any student in need the week of spring break.

Boxes will be available for pick up on Thursday, March 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Downers Grove North High School, 4436 Main Street, Downers Grove
    • Forest Avenue entrance
  • Downers Grove South High School, 1436 Norfolk Street, Downers Grove
    • Main Entrance - Door #2

(If you are already picking up your daily meal on Thursday, March 26, we will provide you with your Spring Break Box then.)

To help us gauge demand, please click here to place your order for a Spring Break Student Meal Box. Orders are due by noon on Monday, March 23.

If you have any questions, please email us at communications@csd99.org.

Thank you,

District 99

March 21, 2020 at 9:54 a.m.

From District 99 to all students and families:

Continued Meal Availability
Order Spring Break Meals by Monday, March 23 at Noon!

Dear District 99 Community:

The Illinois State Board of Education has recently directed that school districts must provide meals to students who request assistance, even during the recent shelter-in-place mandate. 

District 99 has already been providing meals to those students who qualify for assistance and will continue to do so. If you do not qualify, but are in need of brown bag breakfast and brown bag lunch meal, these meals are available to you also. 

New Process for Next Week

Next week, on Monday, March 23, Tuesday, March 24, Wednesday, March 25, and March 26 from 10 a.m. to noon, student lunch meals will be available for pick-up from a white First Student van at the following locations:

  • North High School, Forest Avenue Entrance, Downers Grove
  • South High School (Door #2), 1436 Norfolk St., Downers Grove
  • Henry Puffer Elementary School, 2220 Haddow Ave., Downers Grove
  • Meadowview Elementary School, 2525 Mitchell Dr., Woodridge
  • El Sierra Elementary School, 6835 Fairmount Ave., Downers Grove
  • Eagle Creek Apartments, 61st & South Williams, Westmont
  • Westmont Village Leasing Center, 6715 Lake Shore Dr., Westmont
  • Dynasty Pointe Apartments , Apple Ln. & Woodward Ave., Woodridge
  • Dynasty Pointe Apartments , Country Club Dr. & Woodward Ave., Woodridge
  • Lakeview Jr High School, 701 Plainfield Rd., Downers Grove
  • Edgewood Elementary School, 7900 Woodridge Dr., Woodridge
  • Centerpointe Shopping Center (former JC Penney parking lot), 7200 Woodward Ave., Woodridge


NOTE: Unless you have received a separate notice about delivery, we will no longer be delivering meals.

Spring Break Student Meal Box

We will be offering boxes containing five school breakfast and lunch meals to assist any student in need the week of spring break.

Boxes will be available for pick up on Thursday, March 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Downers Grove North High School, 4436 Main Street, Downers Grove
    • Forest Avenue entrance
  • Downers Grove South High School, 1436 Norfolk Street, Downers Grove
    • Main Entrance - Door #2

(If you are already picking up your daily meal on Thursday, March 26, we will provide you with your Spring Break Box then.)

To help us gauge demand, please click here to place your order for a Spring Break Student Meal Box. Orders are due by noon on Monday, March 23.

If you have any questions, please email us at communications@csd99.org.

Thank you,

District 99

March 20, 2020 at 4:20 p.m.

From Dr. Hank Thiele to all students and families:

Update for March 20

Dear District 99 Students and Families:

Our first week of Continuity Learning has come to a close. I have witnessed so many positive actions from both our staff and students this week. Despite all of the uncertainty, I am certain that our community will remain strong during these challenging times.

Upcoming Schedule

As you may know, this afternoon Governor JB Pritzker announced an immediate stay at home order in order to protect all Illinois citizens. The order starts tomorrow, Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. and is in effect through April 7. We had planned to open on Monday, April 6; given the announcement, we will tentatively plan to open on Wednesday, April 8. We will continue to work with our local and state officials and will announce schedule information when we are able to do so.

At this time, District 99 will continue the continuity of learning schedule planned for next week, and Spring Break will take place as scheduled. Next week, we will follow this schedule:

  • March 23 - No student attendance. Staff will meet virtually to create plans for the week. 
  • March 24 - Continuity of learning day.  By 8 a.m., students will receive an email from each of their teachers outlining the structure of the upcoming activities. Students should read each of these emails so they understand expectations for Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • March 25  - Continuity of learning day.
  • March 26 - 27 - No student or staff attendance.

Also next week, District 99 teachers, administrators and support staff will collaborate to continue to enhance our continuity of learning plans. We will develop a schedule that ensures students will continue to learn for the duration of this closure; we will communicate this to you in the days ahead. 

Continuation of Meal Support

The Illinois State Board of Education has recently directed that school districts must provide meals to students who request assistance. District 99 has already been providing meals to those students who qualify for assistance and will continue to do so throughout the shelter-in-place. If you do not qualify but are in need of brown bag breakfast and brown bag lunch, these meals will be available to you also. All District 99 families will receive a message within the next 24 hours with details on how to obtain meals next week.

As a reminder, other local resources include: 

  • Northern Illinois Food Bank - click here to search 
  • Catholic Charities - 630-495-8008 (Se Habla Español)
  • Hope House Emergency Shelter - 800-941-8681
  • DuPage County Basic Needs - 630-407-6500 (Se Habla Español)
  • PADS of DuPage - 630-682-3846 (Se Habla Español)

Moving Forward

During these challenging times, I hope that you will take care of yourself physically as well as mentally. Please click here for updated resources and ideas. 

In addition, there’s no need for social distancing on social media. Please share your stories with others and use the hashtags #WeAreDGN, #DGSPride and #99learns. Our teachers are very active on Twitter and I encourage you to follow this link and check our other channels here

Please be assured our top priority is the health and safety of our entire learning community and we appreciate your patience as we navigate these unprecedented times together.

We will continue to share information as we receive it.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Dr. Hank Thiele

District 99 Superintendent

March 20, 2020 at 1:25 p.m.

From Principal Janice Schwarze to all North High students and families:

Update for March 20

Hello DGN Students and Families:

While this message is focused on students, I urge all families to read it as well because I think it is important that we are all hearing the same things.  I also urge you to watch the video embedded in the letter below.

First, I want to thank everyone for their support and commitment to continued learning this week.  I know that the uncertainty of the times has raised a lot of questions and created some anxiety.  We were all expected to operate in a completely new environment with hardly any notice.   I have been incredibly impressed with both our teachers and our students as they worked through the first week of remote learning.  It has been really fun to see examples of student learning posted on social media this week, and I’ve heard from many teachers that student engagement has been strong.  Thank you, everyone, for your efforts throughout the week.

I understand that many students are worried about their grades.  As we shared earlier, the Illinois State Board of Education has stated that student work completed during the statewide school closure March 17-30 must not affect student grades unless it is to improve those grades. The content that you are working on is important or you wouldn’t be doing it.  At some point, you will have to demonstrate your learning of the content in a way that a point value is assigned to it.  For right now, I encourage you to concentrate on learning. Stay engaged and current with the activities, ask questions if you don’t understand, share your understanding with your classmates, and keep learning.  If your focus is on learning, then when the time comes, the grades will take care of themselves. The same people who are available to assist you during regular days are available during these Continuity of Learning Days. Reach out to your teachers, counselors, and other staff when you need them.  Our goal is to help you with whatever you need.

Some of you might have seen my tweet with this quote from Maya Angelou:  “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”  Indeed, we are living in a time where a lot is happening to us, and we don’t have a lot of control. We are disappointed with many cancellations of events and worried about future cancellations.  Though we have little control over the current situation, we definitely have control over our response.  I urge you to think not only about what you will do to ensure that you are not reduced by our current challenges but what you will do to come out of this situation a better person.  Even better, how can you help others?  With physical distancing, you might not be able to help someone in person, but there are many ways to connect with others virtually.  Perhaps you can reach out to someone you know who is struggling.  Maybe you can post positive messages on social media.  Perhaps you can repair broken relationships or help more around the house.  The possibilities are endless.

This video from Josten’s provides some great perspective on how to approach these challenging times.  I urge you to take five and a half minutes and watch it; it is definitely worth your time.  As I watched it, I was struck by the fact that in my four years as principal, DGN has certainly experienced more than its fair share of challenges.  Each time, we have looked for opportunities to learn and grow, and we have supported one another through each and every challenge.  Our current situation is no different.  I am confident that we will find our way because we will do it together. 

Given the fluid nature of our current environment, we can expect additional guidance from our state government soon. Know that whatever comes next, building and district staff and administration will continue to provide you necessary support and will communicate with you regularly. To that end, it is important that you check your emails regularly.

As we move into the weekend, I hope you will find some time to take care of yourself.  Here* are some great activities that will keep you from getting bored while also helping you cope with the unknown.  As for me, I am finishing up a large mug of hot chocolate and plan to exercise later today. Do what works for you!

Take care,

Mrs. Schwarze
North High Principal

 

* NOTE: Find only those activities that comply with the State's shelter-in-place guidelines!

 

March 20, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.

From Principal Ed Schwartz to all South High students and families:

Checking In

Hello Mustangs,

While this message is intended directly for students, I want to share with parents and guardians so they also see what is being sent to their kids.  I encourage you to read and watch the video linked.

Through communicating with teachers and seeing updates on classroom activities via Twitter, it would be an understatement to say that I am impressed with the work that you all are doing.  We were thrown into an extended e-Learning situation in a matter of moments, but I can’t tell you how proud I am of our entire school community and how it has responded. The teachers are trying to create meaningful activities in new ways, demonstrating learning of their own along the way.  You all have adapted and jumped in with both feet. I admire you for your adaptability and your willingness to engage in new ways. Thank you for your efforts throughout the week.

Many students are worried about grades.  As we shared earlier, the Illinois State Board of Education has stated that student work completed during the statewide school closure March 17-30 must not affect student grades unless it is to improve those grades.  The content that you are working on is important or you wouldn’t be doing it.  At some point, you will have to demonstrate your learning of the content in a way that a value is assigned to it.  For right now, I encourage you to concentrate on learning. Stay engaged and current with the activities, ask questions if you don’t understand, share your understanding with your classmates, and keep on trying to learn.  If your focus is on learning, then when the time comes, the grades will take care of themselves. The same people who are available to assist you during regular days are available during these Continuity of Service Days. Reach out to your teachers, counselors, and other staff when you need them.  Our goal is to help you with whatever you need.

Perhaps the hardest part of dealing with the impact of this national health crisis is the amount of things that are unknown.  We don’t always know what we are dealing with, and without knowledge, we are left to speculate on “what-ifs?” Though we have little control over the current situation that we are in, you all have control over how you approach this current challenge.  

Our Director of Student Activities Ms. Martinez shared this video with me from Jostens; it provided me perspective, and I hope it will do the same for you - students and parents.  Before reading the rest of this email, take five minutes to watch it.

Link to video

I don’t think that it was an accident that we were already planning on observing “Respect Week” this week at South High.  As a school, we were planning on focusing on being respectful, inclusive, and unified as we went about this week. Our week changed drastically on Friday and now more than ever, we need to be looking out for each other and being empathetic.  We need to try to look past all of the cancellations, closures, and events/activities that we are missing. We need to find the opportunities that are there for us in the midst of the uncertainties. As Mr. Smith said in the video, reach out to a classmate that you might not ordinarily reach out to.  Provide a service to someone who needs a helping hand.  Keep an open mind so you can recognize when those opportunities present themselves.  For me, I found an opportunity to pick up trash. Yes, I get to pick up trash!  Like everyone else, my gym is closed, so my workouts have been moved outside.  While walking and running, I noticed how much trash was laying around after the winter thaw.  So since I am there anyway, I am picking up trash in my neighborhood. It has been provided a gratifying feeling to be reminded that it is me who benefits the most by helping others.  I challenge you to face this uncertain situation with a mindset of “what can you do to make the best of the situation for you, or for someone else?”

Our current situation has presented new opportunities at South High.  Without anyone in the building, the contractors have been able to work on parts of the Master Facility Project that an occupied building prohibited them from doing.  Additionally, our CMG staff has been busy deep-cleaning areas and disinfecting the entire building. These are positive developments that were presented by this uncertain situation.  Next week I intend to take everyone on a virtual tour of the new addition. Hopefully it will help to see some of the positive developments at school while you are away. Look for me to share that video at the end of next week.

Thank you again for your efforts this week and for adapting with us through this ever-changing situation.  Next week we will be having Continuity of Service Days on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Stay current in your studies. Continue to practice social distancing while still remaining social.  Wash your hands and make good decisions. Know that we miss you... and have a great weekend.

Mr. Schwartz

South High Principal

March 18, 2020 at 4:35 p.m.

Sent to all District 99 students and families:

District 99 Checking In!


Dear District 99 Community:

During these highly unusual and difficult times given the current global pandemic, everyone at District 99 is determined to create an environment of continued learning and stability for our students. Clearly, our challenge is that our environment is now a virtual one. 

We want to remain connected and communicative during this time period and pledge that we will continue to do the following:

  • Keep learning moving forward. All of our teachers have made contact with their students and will continue setting up lesson plans. We don’t want students to feel overwhelmed by the work; however, we do want students to commit to keeping up with their lessons. Students may need assistance in setting up a plan. Those students should reach out to individual teachers or their counselor. All students should pay special attention to due dates that teachers might have shared. 

The State Board of Education has stated that student work completed during the statewide school closure March 17-30 must not affect student grades unless it is to improve those grades. Our staff is committed to keeping student learning moving forward and building a foundation for future lessons and assessments. Just as in a typical school day, students will be engaged in learning activities that might not be graded. That is because we know that students benefit from regular practice and feedback and that students’ skills will decrease if not regularly practiced. In addition, when in-person classes begin again or the State provides different guidance, the material and concepts discussed during this time period will likely be part of assessments.  Therefore, it is important that all students stay committed to completing assignments that teachers have shared.

  • Keep providing food support. We have been delivering food to those who need it. If you need food assistance, please email us at communications@csd99org. In the coming days, we will be expanding our reach and opportunities for food assistance. Other local resources include: 
    • Northern Illinois Food Bank - click here to search 
    • Catholic Charities - 630-495-8008 (Se Habla Español)
    • Hope House Emergency Shelter - 800-941-8681
    • DuPage County Basic Needs - 630-407-6500 (Se Habla Español)
    • PADS of DuPage - 630-682-3846 (Se Habla Español)
  • Provide reassurance. This is an anxiety-provoking time for everyone, in particular those students who are most vulnerable. As a reminder, here is a link to social-emotional resources.
  • Communicate regularly. Remember that all of the messages that we issue can be found at www.csd99.org/updates. Besides contacting any staff member by email, you may call the school (call North at 630-795-8400 and South at 630-795-8500) between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 18 and 19 and March 23-25 if you have questions. You also may email your principal (at North High email jschwarze@csd99.org and at South High email eschwartz@csd99.org).  

Note that our teachers and staff are sharing many of the activities students are engaging in on social media - Click here to see a saved search of our hashtags on Twitter. You also can click here to see a comprehensive list of all of our other social media channels. 

We continue to appreciate your flexibility and patience during this challenging time. Please remember to practice social-distancing, good hygiene, and strategies that will keep you emotionally healthy. 

Dr. Hank Thiele
Superintendent
Community High School District 99

March 16, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Sent to all DGS students and families:

Reminder and South High Building Access

Good afternoon,

First, thank you to all who have already read the email I sent earlier today and to all the students who have checked in for their attendance today.  

As a reminder, all students must complete this form by 6 p.m. today or they will be marked absent.  You need to be logged into your csd99.org Google account to have access to this link and other links that have and will be sent.  Using a personal account will result in being denied access.

Second, I want to share instructions with you regarding school access.  While our building will be open 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. this week, Tuesday through Thursday, and next week Monday through Wednesday, we are limiting access to the building. Therefore, the only entrance that is open is the main entrance.  As soon as someone enters, they will need to check in at the main office.

Any student who needs help with technology can email southcb@csd99.org or call 630-795-8556. If our technology staff determines that the student must come to school, they will provide instructions about how to access help. Students who need to retrieve materials from a locker in order to complete classwork should call 630-795-8500 to talk with one of the secretaries to arrange a time to come to school. Any other inquiries can also be directed to 630-795-8500.

Thank you for your cooperation as we do our best to ensure that we continue to provide services to our students while also maintaining a safe environment for all those in the building.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Mr. Schwartz
South High Principal

March 16, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Sent to all DGN students and families:

Reminder and North High Building Access

Good afternoon,

First, thank you to all who have already read the email I sent earlier today and to all the students who have checked in for attendance today.  

As a reminder, all students must complete this form by 6 p.m. today or they will be marked absent.

Second, I want to share instructions with you regarding school access.  While our building will be open 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. this week Tuesday through Thursday and next week Monday through Wednesday, we are limiting access to the building. Therefore, all entrances will be locked.

Any student who needs help with technology can email northcb@csd99.org or call 630-795-2720. If our technology staff determines that the student must come to school, they will provide instructions about how to access help.Students who need to retrieve materials from a locker in order to complete classwork should call 630-795-8400 to talk with one of the secretaries to arrange a time to come to school. Any other inquiries also can be directed to 630-795-8400.

Students who have been instructed to come to school should use the Main Street Entrance and call the number that is listed on the sign in the vestibule. An adult will come and escort the student to the appropriate location in the building.

Thank you for your cooperation as we do our best to ensure that we continue to provide services to our students while also maintaining a safe environment for all those in the building.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Mrs. Schwarze
North High Principal

March 16, 2020 at 11:07 a.m.

Sent to all students and families receiving special services:

New D99 Schedule - Special Education/504 Plans

Dear Families,

As you now are aware, District 99 has announced that it is implementing a new schedule starting Monday, March 16 due to the COVID-19 crisis. You may see all messages sent with details of this information at www.csd99.org/updates.

We want to help explain this new schedule as it relates to our students receiving special services through an IEP or 504 and address any of your concerns.  

District 99 has established an e-Learning program. E-Learning, or remote learning, is learning that takes place at home to provide the continuation of learning in students’ coursework without interruption, with both digital AND non-digital items. 

Our e-Learning Program includes a specific plan for our students with special needs. Now with the extended e-Learning time frame, our staff members are busy collaborating with one another and sharing resources to design lessons that relate to the individualized needs of their students.

We recognize this form of learning may not be ideal for some of our students. Here are the steps we are taking to ensure we are individualizing this experience for your child:

  • Special education teachers are working in collaboration with general education teachers to modify online assignments and activities
  • Related service providers are designing lessons and activities that address their students individual needs outlined in the student’s IEP or 504
  • Both special education teachers and related service providers will be available virtually (email, google hang out/classroom) to further support learning. Each staff member will communicate directly with their students on time frames and expectations.  

If your student has a scheduled IEP or 504 meeting between March 16 - March 27, we are planning to hold the meeting via a conference line and include all applicable staff. We will provide you with a link/phone number to the teleconference, or a staff member may call you directly. Draft documents of your student’s IEP or 504 will be sent home in advance of the meeting for your review. If you would prefer to reschedule your student’s IEP or 504 once students are back in school, please let us know and we will reschedule. NOTE: if we reschedule you are agreeing to hold your student’s IEP or 504 outside of the required timelines for annual reviews and evaluations. 

If your student receives educational services at a school other than DGS/DGN or T99, we are working with this provider to closely monitor it’s school closure plans. If your school will be open on days that D99 is not in session, we will continue to provide transportation to your child’s school. As always, you have the choice as a parent to not send your child to school if they are ill or you would prefer for them to stay home during this time.  If your student will stay home while their school is in session, please contact the school and transportation company to let them know.  If your child has an IEP meeting during the closure time, we will work with staff from their school to either provide a tele-conference IEP or re-schedule. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s special services during this time, please initially reach out to their case manager (IEP) or counselor (504) at their school. They will have the most current information as they have been working with your child and their other teachers. If you have further questions or concerns, please reach out to one the following staff listed below.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we work through this unprecedented time. We will continue to evaluate our work and do our best for all of our students. We will update you as needed.  

All the best,

Lisa Bollow, Director of Student Services 
Scott Wuggazer, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
 
Special Education Staff
Alyssa Gunderson (Special Services Dept Chair, DGS)  agunderson@csd99.org or 630 795-8641
Jorie Burtnette (Special Services Dept Chair, DGN) jburtnette@csd99.org or 630 795-8041
Carolina Schoenbeck (T99 Coordinator): cschoenbeck@csd99.org or 630 795-2702
Lisa Bollow, Director of Special Services (Privately Placed Students)
lbollow@csd99.org or 630 795-7118
 
504 Administration
Dr. Vince Walsh-Rock (Asst Principal at DGS) vwalsh-rock@csd99.org or 630 795-8505
Erin Ludwick (Asst Principal at DGN)  eludwick@csd99.org or 630 795-8405
 
 

 

 

March 16, 2020 at 9:45 a.m.

Sent to all DGN/DGS students and families:

Important Information

Dear North High/South High Students and Families:

This message is being sent to provide more information on what to expect in the coming weeks and coping strategies to adopt as we navigate this new way of learning. Students are not to attend school in person until April 6.

Until informed otherwise, please report any positive test of COVID-19 to the school.

Schedule through April 6

As was announced on Friday, we have begun our e-Learning schedule below:

  • TODAY - March 16 - Students do not report to school.
    • The purpose is to maintain a continuity of learning. By holding an e-learning day on March 16, we do not need to make-up any days at the end of the school year. We do not need to make up the days where continuity of learning is occuring from March 17 - 27 as the governor has declared them as “Act of God” days. The only day student attendance will be formally taken is on March 16.
    • By 1 p.m., students will receive an email from each of their teachers outlining the structure of the upcoming activities. Students should read each of these emails so they understand expectations for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Using their Chromebooks and accessing the internet, students must check-in for school by 6 p.m. using the attendance form that will be sent to their District 99 email address. If a student is ill, please follow the normal reporting procedures for a school absence. Again, March 16 is the only day attendance will be formally taken through April 6.
  • March 17 - 19 - Continuity of learning days
  • March 20 - No student or staff attendance.  
  • March 23 - No student attendance. Staff will meet virtually to create a weekly e-Learning plan and communicate that plan to students. By 1 p.m., students will receive an email from each of their teachers outlining the structure of the upcoming activities. Students should read each of these emails so they understand expectations for Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • March 24 - 25  - Continuity of learning days
  • March 26 - 27 - No student or staff attendance.
  • March 30 - April 3 - Spring Break
  • Monday, April 6 - School resumes with regular Late Start schedule.

Please take a few minutes to watch this video from District 99 Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele that every member of the District 99 community also is watching as we prepare for the next three weeks.

e-Learning Day and Continuity of Learning Day Expectations

To study and complete work from home requires discipline. We are creating a structured plan for students to follow in order to keep learning moving forward.

  • On the continuity of learning days, students will access and complete assignments that are meaningful and continue to advance them through the curriculum. There will be an assignment given in every class that will take students the appropriate time to complete. Assignments will vary based on a teacher's instructional goals.  Some will have due dates that occur during continuity of learning days; others might have more extended due dates.
  • As with any assignment, students will know the goal of the lesson, what resources will be needed to complete the lesson, how they will submit the work, when the work will be due, and how it will be assessed.
  • Assignments may be any combination of learning tasks (instruction, reading, researching, writing, assessment, etc.), and will not necessarily be technology-based.
  • If teachers decide to hold a phone conference or video hangout session with students, they will do so during the regularly scheduled class time so that students do not have overlapping virtual class sessions. Teachers will be sure to communicate that to the students if this teaching method is used.  Students should read communication carefully from teachers throughout the extended continuity of learning days so that they do not miss a required assignment/appointment.
  • All students with an IEP or 504 will continue to receive appropriate support.  Students who have questions should contact their counselor or case manager.
  • During school hours (8 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.), students may email their teachers if they need assistance with their assignments for the day.
  • Teachers will notify their students if they will be unavailable for an extended period of time.

If students have forgotten anything at school that they absolutely need to continue their learning, the building will be open on Monday, March 16 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Feel free to come in and retrieve what you need from your locker, but be very quick.  If needs arise during the week, students should communicate with their teacher or the school for direction. 

Technology Support

All students have a Chromebook as well as access to the internet from home. If a student needs technology support during an eLearning Day, they can contact IT Support

SOUTH HIGH - email southcb@csd99.org or calling 630-795-8556.

NORTH HIGH - email northcb@csd99.org or calling 630-795-2720.

If an in-person visit is necessary, we will provide instructions over the phone or give instructions on when and where to visit the building.  Students can also refer to this Tech Support for Students document.

Unfortunately, cyber criminals are working overtime to capitalize on our fears and needs. Please be extra vigilant during these times and do not click on suspicious links. Avoid clicking on the links in emails or search results unless you are absolutely certain of their validity.

Continued Meal Availability

In addition to ensuring that academic learning continues, District 99 is committed to supporting students who receive meal assistance. We have contacted those families who receive meal assistance from us to continue this service during this new schedule.  If any student finds themselves in a situation where food is desperately needed, please reach out to us at 630-795-8500 and we will attempt to help in any way possible.

Staying Healthy Mentally and Physically

We understand that this unprecedented environment might cause anxiety.  To that end, know that District 99 also is committed to supporting students’ and staff’s social-emotional needs.  In addition to this link from the CDC that we shared, we have created this document for helpful information.  As is the case with the classroom teachers, Student Support Services personnel are also available on eLearning days during regular school hours.

Please remember that we are no longer reporting to school because we are following the guidelines of social distancing. This means that in addition to all activities and sports being cancelled, students should not be gathering at each other’s houses.  Dr. Thiele sent guidelines regarding social distancing on Saturday; this message and all other messages may be found here. Students should use the time at home to stay current on classwork, take care of themselves, and take care of others.

Finally, we understand how disappointed you are with the cancellation of school activities, and many of you are thinking ahead to other upcoming events.  Know that we are focusing on getting through the time period through spring break and have not considered any later events.  If/When we get to the point where additional decisions have to be made, we will communicate that to everyone immediately.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we tread into uncharted territory.

Janice Schwarze - North High Principal

Ed Schwartz - South High Principal

 

March 14, 2020 at 1:29 p.m.

Sent to all qualifying families:

Continued Meal Availability

Dear Families:

District 99 is committed to ensuring that our families continue to receive resources from us during this extended school closure due to COVID-19. District 99 will continue to provide breakfast and lunch to all students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals.  Reduced-price meals will be provided at no cost to the student during this school closure. 

Meals will be available over the next two weeks beginning on Tuesday, March 17 through Thursday, March 19 and Monday, March 23 through Thursday, March 26. Students will receive two meals on Thursday since the schools will be closed on Fridays. Students will receive a variety of breakfast items and their selection from two lunch options.

How the “Meal Box” Plan will work:

  • Students should fill out THIS FORM* using your district-issued email and submit it by noon on the day before the delivery date. For example, to receive a meal box on Tuesday, March 17, the form MUST be completed by noon on Monday, March 16.
    • For those students who ride the bus, meals will be delivered to a student’s regularly assigned bus stop every morning. You should check your District 99 student email address for estimated delivery times. You MUST be present to receive your meal. 
    • For students who walk to school, meals will be available for pick up between 9 to 9:30 a.m. Pick up at North High will be at the Forest Street Circle entrance; pick up at South High will be in the cafeteria.
  • Students will receive a daily email informing them that they may place an online meal order. Again, meal orders must be submitted by noon on the day before the delivery date. Chartwells (District 99’s food service company) will fulfill all orders.

Please let us know if you have any questions by contacting North High School 630-795-8400 or South High School 630-795-8500.  Thank you!

District 99

* ALL QUALIFYING FAMILIES RECEIVED THIS EMAIL. IF YOU ARE IN NEED, PLEASE CALL YOUR SCHOOL FOR ASSISTANCE

PARA: Familias que reciben beneficios  de alimentos gratuitos o con precio reducido

ASUNTO: Disponibilidad continua de alimentos

FECHA: 14 de marzo de 2020

DE: Distrito 99

Estimadas familias:

El Distrito 99 se compromete a garantizar que nuestras familias continúen recibiendo recursos de nosotros durante este cierre prolongado de la escuela debido al COVID-19. El Distrito 99 continuará brindando desayuno y almuerzo a todos los estudiantes que califiquen para comidas gratuitas o con precio reducido. Los estudiantes que reciben alimentos a precio reducido, durante este periodo de cierre prolongado, lo recibirán sin costo para el estudiante.

Las comidas estarán disponibles durante las próximas dos semanas, comenzando el martes 17 de marzo hasta el jueves 19 de marzo y el lunes 23 de marzo hasta el jueves 26 de marzo. Los estudiantes recibirán dos comidas el jueves ya que las escuelas cerrarán los viernes. Los estudiantes recibirán una variedad de artículos para el desayuno y su selección de dos opciones de almuerzo.

Cómo funcionará el plan "Meal Box":

  • Los estudiantes deben completar ESTE FORMULARIO utilizando su correo electrónico emitido por el distrito y enviarlo antes del mediodía del día anterior a la fecha de entrega. Por ejemplo, para recibir una caja de comida el martes 17 de marzo, el formulario DEBE completarse antes del mediodía del lunes 16 de marzo.
    • Para aquellos estudiantes que viajan en el autobús, las comidas se entregarán en la parada de autobús asignada regularmente del estudiante cada mañana. Debe verificar la dirección de correo electrónico del estudiante del Distrito 99 para conocer los tiempos de entrega estimados. DEBE estar presente para recibir su comida.
    • Para los estudiantes que caminan a la escuela, las comidas estarán disponibles para recoger entre las 9 y las 9:30 a.m. Para recoger alimentos en la escuela Norte deberan presentarse  en la entrada de Forest Street Circle; en el caso de la escuela Sur para recoger sus alimentos deberan hacerlo en la cafetería.
  • Los estudiantes recibirán un correo electrónico diario informándoles que pueden hacer un pedido de comida en línea. Nuevamente, los pedidos de comida deben enviarse antes del mediodía del día anterior a la fecha de entrega. Chartwells (la compañía de servicio de alimentos del Distrito 99) cumplirá con todos los pedidos.

Por favor, háganos saber si tiene alguna pregunta comunicándose con North High School al teléfono 630-795-8400 o South High School 630-795-8500. ¡Gracias! Distrito 99

MENSAJE RECURRENTE PARA ENVIAR AUTOMÁTICAMENTE A LOS ESTUDIANTES QUE RECIBEN ALIMENTOS GRATUITOS, EL 17, 18 Y 19 DE MARZO Y EL 22, 23, 24, 25 DE MARZO:

 

 

March 14, 2020 at 10:45 a.m.

Sent to all staff, students and families:

Social Distancing Recommendations

Good Morning District 99 Students, Families, and Staff:

I know that everything yesterday moved quickly and there are many questions out there about what comes next for our school community. Please expect to be receiving a lot of digital communication in the coming days. 

Please take time to read the messages that come your way.

Yesterday’s decision to cancel school for the next few weeks came together very quickly. We have been operating with guidance from the DuPage County Regional Office of Education and the experts at the DuPage County Health Department (their information related to COVID-19 can be found here). They have been explaining to us the CDC guidelines for COVID-19, and how they work to keep us safe. With the absence of confirmed COVID-19 cases in DuPage County, we have been operating for the past week within the strategies recommended by the CDC in the first two columns on pages 3-7 of the chart in the CDC guidelines. Based on that information, I had fully expected to have school in session until Spring Break.

However, yesterday the strategy across our community and the State began to change towards an approach of social distancing. As a result, we are responding to this crisis in a proactive manner, as if our community already has a substantial outbreak, even before there is a reported case in DuPage County. Therefore, we have put into place personal protective measures to close down our schools for students, while most of our staff will continue to work to support our community. 

This is a drastic--but we believe critical--measure. For it to be effective and not anxiety producing, we ask that you take the following actions based on recommendations by the CDC and the DuPage County Health Department:

  • Avoid gathering in public places - especially in close proximity to others. 
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Try to keep 6-10 feet between yourself and others - give yourself space.
  • Be at home as much as possible.
  • Try to limit who you and your children interact with to the same people you typically are around. 
  • Students and families should not:
    • Gather in large groups - this is a time to be close with those who are closest to you. 
    • Visit each other’s homes or having sleepovers.
    • Share food or drink.
    • Compete in team sporting activities - use this time to train individually or with someone in the home.
  • Students and families should:
    • Avoid excessive media coverage of COVID-19.
    • Take care of their bodies. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
    • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.
    • Spend time outside - fresh air and exercise is one of the best things you can do over the next few weeks. 
    • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with friends or family members. Maintain healthy relationships. 
    • Use your technology and social media for good purposes - support one another and show that you care for one another.
    • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.

Keep following the practice of washing your hands regularly and covering your cough or sneeze.

We will be following up on Monday with a lot more information related to teaching and learning. We are focused on demonstrating to you that we care about you and want to help keep moving our students’ learning forward during these unprecedented times. 

We ask that you partner with us in “flattening the curve,” and helping to stop the outbreak even before it gets into our school community. Please set the example for our children through your actions and put the safety of everyone above our own valued experiences. 

I appreciate our partnership in keeping our students and community safe and healthy.

More to come…

Hank
 

March 13, 2020 at 1:35 p.m.

Sent to all staff, students and families:

New Schedule for D99 through April 6

Dear District 99 Community:

After continuing conversations and collaboration with our local health department officials and the DuPage County Regional Office of Education and in an effort to promote social distancing, District 99 has decided to close its schools starting Monday, March 16 and immediately implement an e-Learning schedule. We do not anticipate needing to make up any days at the end of the year as we have a State approved e-learning program. 

We will implement the following schedule starting Monday, March 16: 

  • March 16 - No student attendance. Staff will meet at their designated school to create a weekly e-Learning plan. We will email students and families with additional information.
  • March 17 - 19 - e-Learning days 
  • March 20 - No student or staff attendance 
  • March 23 - No student attendance. Staff will meet virtually to create a weekly e-Learning plan. 
  • March 24 - 25  - e-Learning days
  • March 26 - 27 - No student or staff attendance. 
  • March 30 - April 3 - Spring Break
  • Monday, April 6 - School resumes with regular Late Start schedule

No activities or athletics will occur for these three weeks. All are canceled effective immediately. However, the SAT testing at South High will be held as planned.

In addition, we have contacted those families who receive meal assistance from us to continue this service during this new schedule.

There are still no known cases in DuPage County. Many area schools are taking this measure in an effort to promote social distancing.

This is a developing situation, if different guidance comes from a State or National level, we will update families.

Thank you for your support,

Dr. Hank Thiele
District 99 Superintendent

March 12, 2020 at 2:15 p.m.

Sent to all staff, students and families on March 12, 2020 at 2:15 p.m.:

D99 COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

Dear District 99 Community:

Currently, there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in District 99. 

Even so, with the number of cases across the state and region increasing and as a result of our communications and coordination with the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD), District 99 is taking proactive measures to help to reduce the spread of illness throughout our community.

Although we are not closing school at this time, District 99 is implementing the following measures, as recommended by the DCHD, until further notice:

  • Large gatherings that include visitors, from outside the school who are not our students, are canceled. This includes:
    • Performances, including the school musical at North High and the Masque and Gavel show at South High. 
    • Events, including the Daddy/Daughter Dance at South High and the Pretty in Purple show at North High. 
    • The all-school assembly at North High, at the recommendation of the health department, due to proximity concerns.
  • All domestic trips are canceled.
  • All school trips are canceled.
  • All field trips are canceled.
  • All outside facility rentals are canceled.
  • All outside speakers are canceled.
  • Athletic practices or competitions without spectators may continue as planned.

We will evaluate whether or not these performances and events can be rescheduled at a later time. Additional and more detailed information will come from the immediate sponsor or coach.

If we do have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in District 99, we will close school for 24 hours. At that point, the DCHD would help us assess the situation, evaluate our cleaning and disinfection practices, and reduce the risk and vulnerability to students. We would then work on a plan to move forward. Until then, school will remain open and we will continue our cleaning and disinfection practices as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will revisit these protocols as necessary.

As we receive new information, we will send it to you as soon as we can. Check our website here, where we will post all messages that we issue and other resources. 

These are unprecedented times. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation together.

Thank you,

District 99

March 12, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Sent to all staff, students and families on March 12, 2020 at 10 a.m.:

No Confirmed COVID-19 Cases at D99

Dear District 99 Community:

We have received several questions this morning, following the closures of surrounding schools due to COVID-19.

Currently, there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases at District 99. 

Please know that we are in close communication with the DuPage County Health Department officials to better understand the next steps for our community moving forward. They are not recommending school closures at this time. 

We will be meeting with the health department officials later today to discuss other mitigation strategies that we may need to implement, including canceling large events and gatherings. 

We will inform you as soon as we receive guidance, and of our plans.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

District 99

March 10, 2020

Sent to all staff, students and families on March 10, 2020:

Continued Monitoring of COVID-19

Dear District 99 Community,

We wanted to let you know that District 99 continues to monitor COVID-19 recommendations for schools and we are in close conversation with leaders from the Illinois State Board of Education, DuPage Regional Office of Education and public health officials on what might come next if an outbreak reaches our area. The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to recommend that schools hold classes and events as usual. 

Please know that we are developing plans to ensure that we can respond quickly if we need to close for an extended period. We expect that we could use e-learning for a short term cancellation, similar to snow days. If an e-learning day is called, everyone would follow the e-learning protocol and expectations outlined here. We will follow guidance from the State if we experience a long-term shutdown.

In the meantime, we are:

  • continuing to update this page with additional links to resources and information about COVID-19.
  • continuing our cleaning and disinfecting procedures, paying special attention to door handles, desktops, computer keyboards, drinking fountains and telephone mouthpieces.
  • planning to hold our domestic trips over spring break as scheduled; this may change as the situation develops. We are monitoring CDC and ISBE recommendations for this summer and will have guidance on international trips soon. 
  • encouraging our students and staff to take the same everyday measures of staying healthy.
  • encouraging our students and staff to stay home if they are ill, until they remain fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication. 

We will continue to update you as this situation develops. 

Thank you for your support,

Dr. Hank Thiele, hthiele@csd99.org
District 99 Superintendent
 

February 26, 2020

Sent to all staff, students and families on February 26, 2020:

District 99 Message About Coronavirus

Dear District 99 Community,

We wanted to let you know that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has published guidance for schools throughout the state about coronavirus. To see the complete recommendations to schools from IDPH, please click here

The health risk to the general public from coronavirus remains low. Currently, the IDPH recommends schools hold classes and events as usual, and follow their routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures. While no special measures are necessary, District 99 is letting in additional fresh outside air via our HVAC system in addition to our regular cleaning of door handles, desktops, computer keyboards, drinking fountains and telephone mouthpieces.

The IDPH also states that the best way to protect against coronavirus is by taking the same everyday measures to stay healthy. These include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available,use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We will update you if there are changes in recommendations for schools. You may also wish to read information on the IDHS coronavirus web page here and the Center for Disease Control web page here.

Thank you for your support in keeping our school community safe and healthy,

Dr. Hank Thiele, hthiele@csd99.org
District 99 Superintendent

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  • People at Risk

  • If you are in DuPage County and have questions or concerns about COVID-19, contact the Health Department COVID-19 Call Center at (630) 221-7030. Hours: Monday through Saturday 8 AM– 8 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM