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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
 

Dear District 33 Families and Staff:

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that e-learning in Illinois will be extended through April 30 in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

During this time, school buildings will remain closed, and e-learning will continue after spring break.  More information will be coming in the next couple of days with details.

While it is not ideal, I want to assure you that our District 33 teachers, staff and administration are fully capable and willing to continue the challenge and push forward with e-learning, engaging with students and families and continuing with our food distribution program.

I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience, support and understanding as we deal with this challenging situation together.

Here are the four priorities for our D33 students, families and staff moving forward:

Priority 1 - Feed and ensure their safety and well-being.

Priority 2 - Communicate clear and timely information.

Priority 3 - Provide the resources for continuity of learning.

Priority 4 - Support the delivery of instruction.

It is important that we continue to work together and support our D33 students and families. Thank you for partnering with us in this endeavor. 

Sincerely,

Kristina Davis, Ed.S.

Superintendent

 

 

Martes 31 de marzo de 2020

Estimadas familias y personal escolar del Distrito 33,

Espero este mensaje los encuentre gozando de buena salud junto con sus familias. El día de hoy, el gobernador de Illinois J.B. Pritzker anunció que el estudio-e en Illinois será extendido hasta el 30 de abril con el propósito de disminuir la propagación de COVID-19. 

Durante este tiempo, todas las escuelas permanecerán cerradas, y el estudio-e continuará después de las vacaciones de primavera. Tendremos más información durante los próximos días con más detalles.

Mientras que no es lo ideal, les quiero asegurar que los maestros, personal escolar y administración del Distrito 33 son totalmente capaces y están dispuestos para continuar con el reto y avanzar con el estudio-e, dedicándose a los estudiantes y a sus familias, y continuar con el programa de distribución de alimentos escolares. 

Estoy consciente de que éste no es el ciclo escolar que ninguno de nosotros imaginamos, pero les quiero dar las gracias por su paciencia, apoyo y comprensión mientras que lidiamos con esta situación tan desafiante todos juntos. 

Estas son las cuatro prioridades para nuestros estudiantes, familias y personal escolar del Distrito 33 a partir de ahora:

Prioridad 1 – Alimentar y asegurar su seguridad y bienestar.

Prioridad 2 – Comunicarles información clara y oportuna.

Prioridad 3 – Proporcionar los recursos para la continuación del aprendizaje.

Prioridad 4 – Apoyar continuamente la enseñanza.

Es muy importante continuar trabajando juntos y apoyar a los estudiantes del Distrito 33 y sus familias. Muchas gracias por estar de nuestro lado en este esfuerzo. 

Atentamente,

Kristina Davis, Ed.S.

Superintendente 

Friday, March 27, 2020 
 

At this time, there is no order from the Governor for an extended school closure, however, the District has been making plans to continue E-learning/E-caring past spring break. We are planning ahead under the assumption that schools will be closed for an extended period of time. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

 

Spring Break - March 30 - April 3, 2020

In the meantime, Spring Break is here! We encourage families to unplug from your devices and get outside to enjoy the fresh air. There are no E-Learning/E-Caring plans posted for the week of spring break (March 30-April 3) so please relax and allow your child, family, and teacher a break from instruction.

 

Food Distribution Continues During Spring Break

Food distribution will continue through the week of spring break with the same hours of 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.  The Department for Teaching and Learning is putting bags of school supplies and books together for families to take home. These can be picked up at the food distribution sites.

 

Community Market CLOSED 

The WeGo Together Community Market located in Leman Middle School will be closed during spring break. Check the District 33 website for additional updates.

 

Please be assured District 33 will continue to share updates on when and if schools will be open after spring break.  The Governor's office continues to evaluate the situation and as soon as we receive an update, District 33 will share with families and staff.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:15 pm
 
Dear District 33 Families:
 
I would like to thank all of our families for their efforts to continue learning through our E-Learning/E-Caring plans. As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that school will remain closed, with a new tentative reopening date of April 8. We recognize that this development may raise questions about the impact on students, staff, and families as well as the school’s vital role in providing meals to students and families while schools are closed. We anticipate further guidance and details from the Illinois State Board of Education this week, including a possible extended closure past April 8th.

Food Distribution for Families

Rest assured, we are committed to doing our best to provide meals during this stay at home order. Our efforts are focused on making sure our students are not going hungry while school is closed.

Food Distribution will continue to take place:

    Monday through Friday

    9:00 am- 1:00 pm

   Through Tuesday, April 7, 2020

 INCLUDING THE WEEK OF SPRING BREAK!

 Meals will be distributed at the following sites:

     Leman Middle School- Bus loop at Joliet Street Entrance

     Currier School- Bus loop at the front entrance

     Indian Knoll School- Front entrance loop

     Pioneer School- Front entrance

     Turner School- Front entrance loop

    Wegner School- Bus loop at the front entrance

Students or parents may go to ANY of the above sites to receive meals. They are not required to go to the school site that they attend. Students, or parents of students. may come to a designated site to pick-up both a breakfast and a lunch for that day.The meals provided will be pre-packaged grab and go style. 

 Also Available at Food Distribution Sites:

  • E-Learning/E-Caring Packets
  • Books
  • Friendly Administrators
  • Technology

    Supporting Students and Families

    The Technology Department is working on plans to support students and families with the technology needed should the schools remain closed past the April 7th date.

         A parent survey was sent out to All Families to assess their internet needs and determine how many hotspots the District would need to provide so families can access the internet from their homes.

         If you have NOT taken the Technology Assessment Survey that was sent out this weekend, please take it NOW!

        Chromebooks and iPads from each school are being gathered and assessed to ensure they are all in working order.

      A plan will be finalized as to how to distribute devices to students in Kinder - 5th grade should the schools remain closed after spring break.

    DuPage Regional Office of Education Presents:

    Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Crisis with Dr. Zarse

    This live-stream video series is geared toward caregivers and parents that will focus on helping families manage a crisis in a healthy and constructive way.

     

    Led by Dr. Nancy Zarse, an expert in the field of crisis and resilience from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, this series will help parents and caregivers with coping skills to help families during this crisis, and how to harness the power of community to help children continue to thrive. This event is open to all.

     

    The series will also provide a guide to all resources in DuPage County that can provide assistance to families as we navigate this crisis together. The first live stream event will take place Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m., and can be accessed at this link.

     

    Department of Partnerships

    Assessing the Needs of Our Families

    A short three-question survey will go out every Wednesday to all parents/guardians to help District 33 understand how COVID-19 is impacting families. This will help the District assess how to use resources to best support our families. Please feel free to fill if at any point your circumstances change. Families are free to fill out this survey at any time as circumstances change.

    In addition, a list of Community Resources is posted on the District website and is continually updated.

     

    Stay Connected While Maintaining Distance - District 33’s Social Media

    Check out the District 33 Facebook and Twitter pages for continual updates and fun activities from the staff.  While you are there, make sure to check out your school’s Facebook page to stay connected and engage in some fun activities such as:

      Virtual Spirit Week

        Joke of the Day

        Video Messages from staff

    And more….

    Finding Information

    Make sure to visit the District website at least several times a week for updates and information on the following:

         Food Distribution

         E-Learning/E-Caring

         Community Resources

         Trusted sites for information on COVID-19.

    Please use this opportunity to focus on staying safe and helping to slow the spread of the virus.  As always, thank you for your patience and support as we all work through the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you have seen, this situation is evolving rapidly. As events unfold, we will continue to communicate in a timely and transparent manner.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina Davis, Ed.S.,

    Friday, March 20, 2020; 3:30pm 

    Governor Prtizker has just called for “shelter in place” to be implemented statewide.   Please be assured food distribution will continue to take place next week as scheduled. It is extremely important to  follow the guidelines of social distancing, so please remain in your car and food will be delivered to you. If you are walking to the food distribution sites, please do not congregate in a crowd and follow the six-foot social distancing guidelines.  We will communicate with families  if there are any changes in the food distribution schedule.  Please expect future communications, as we learn more. 

     

    Updated Information about Food Distribution
    Food Distribution will continue to take place Monday through Friday.
    Through Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
     
    INCLUDING THE WEEK OF SPRING BREAK! 
     
    Meals will be distributed from 9 am- 1pm at the following sites: 
     
    Leman Middle School- Bus loop at Joliet Street Entrance 
    Currier School- Bus loop at front entrance 
    Indian Knoll School- Front entrance loop 
    Pioneer School- Front entrance 
    Turner School- Front entrance loop 
    Wegner School- Bus loop at front entrance
     
    Students or parents may go to ANY of the above sites to recieve meals. They are not required to go to the school site that they attend. 
     
    Students, or parents of students. may come to a designated site to pick-up both a breakfast and a lunch for that day.  No student IDs will be taken, but we ask that parents/students be considerate of others when taking their meals for the day. 
     
    The meals provided will be pre-packaged grab and go style.  
     

     20 de marzo de 2020 3:30 pm

     

    El gobernador Pritzker acaba de imponer la orden de “refugio en su lugar” a ser implementado por todo el estado. Por favor tengan la certeza de que la distribución de alimentos escolares continuará la semana próxima como lo anunciamos previamente. Es extremadamente importante seguir los principios de distanciamiento social, por lo que les pedimos que permanezcan en sus autos, y los alimentos serán llevados a su ventanilla. Si usted camina a los sitios de distribución de alimentos, les pedimos que no se aglomeren en un solo lugar, sino que se apeguen a los principios de distanciamiento social manteniendo los seis pies recomendados entre las personas. Nosotros nos comunicaremos con las familias si hay cambios a los horarios de distribución de alimentos escolares. Les pedimos estén al pendiente de futuros comunicados según sepamos más. 

     

    Nueva información sobre distribución de alimentos.

    La distribución de alimentos continuará teniendo lugar de lunes a viernes. 

    Hasta el martes 7 de abril de 2020. 

    INCLUYENDO LA SEMANA DE PRIMAVERA 

    Los alimentos serán distribuidos entre 9:00 am - 1:00pm en las siguientes escuelas:
    • Escuela Secundaria Leman – entrada de autobuses por la calle Joliet
    • Escuela Currier – frente de la escuela/entrada de autobuses
    • Escuela Indian Knoll – frente de la escuela/entrada de autobuses
    • Escuela Pioneer – frente de la escuela/entrada de autobuses
    • Escuela Turner – frente de la escuela/entrada de autobuses
    • Escuela Wegner – frente de la escuela/entrada de autobuses

    Los estudiantes o sus papás pueden ir a cualquiera de las escuelas mencionadas para recibir alimentos escolares gratuitos, no es necesario ir a la escuela a la que asisten.

    Los estudiantes o sus padres pueden venir a una de las escuelas designadas para recibir un desayuno y un almuerzo cada día. No será requerido presentar identificaciones de estudiantes, pero les pedimos atentamente a los padres y estudiantes que sean considerados de todos los demás estudiantes al recibir sus alimentos del día.

    Los alimentos que se ofrecerán serán pre-empacados para llevar.  

    March 16, 2019

     

    Food Service during School Closure

    At this time, District 33, along with its food service partner, Aramark, will provide breakfast and lunch distributions on each of the following days of school closure:

    • Wednesday, March 18- Friday March 20, 2020
    • Monday, March 23rd- Friday March 27, 2020

    There will NOT be food distribution during the week of Spring Break:

    Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3, 2020

     

    Meals will be distributed from 9:00 am- 1:00pm at the following sites:

    •   Leman Middle School- Bus loop at Joliet Street Entrance 
    •     Currier School- Bus loop at front entrance
    •        Indian Knoll School- Front entrance loop
    •        Pioneer School- Front entrance
    •        Turner School- Front entrance loop
    •        Wegner School- Bus loop at front entrance

    Students or parents of students may go to ANY of the above sites to receive meals. They are not required to go to the school site that they attend.

     

    Students or parents of students may come to a designated site to pick-up both a breakfast and a lunch for that day.  No student IDs will be taken, but we ask that parents/students be considerate of others when taking their meals for the day.

     

    The meals provided will be pre-packaged grab and go style. 

     

    Information can be found on the District website.

     

    E-Learning

    E-Learning begins on Wednesday, March 18 for District 33 students. All of the information about E-Learning and plans are posted on the District website at http://www.wego33.org/e-Learning.aspx and can also be accessed from each school's homepage.

    Additionally, teachers will reach out to families with information about E-learning days. 

     

    Community Resources for Families

    Community Resources for families can be found on the district website homepage http://www.wego33.org/CommunityResourcesforParents.aspx. This information will be updated regularly.

     

    Free Internet Access

    If you need an Internet connection, please visit the following link for more information:  https://apply.internetessentials.com/ or call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376).

     

    District 33 will continue to monitor the situation daily and make adjustments as necessary based on the evolving conditions. We will communicate frequently through our website, email/texts and phone calls.

    Thank you for your patience and support.

    March 14, 2020 1:30 pm

     

    Saturday, March 14, 2020

    District 33 Students, Families, and Staff

    I realize yesterday’s decision to cancel schools county-wide for the next several 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. As there are still NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in DuPage County, we have been operating for the past week based on the strategies recommended by the CDC in the first two columns of the CDC guidelines on pages 3-7 of the chart. Based on that information, I had fully expected to have school in session until spring break.

    However, yesterday the strategy across our county and the State changed to an approach of social distancing. As a result, we are responding to this virus as if our community already has an outbreak, and even before a reported case in DuPage County. As a result we have put into place personal protective measures to close down our schools for students while most of our staff will continue to work from home to support our community.

    This is a very drastic measure, and for it to be effective and not anxiety producing for our students, we ask that you take the following actions with your children and families based on recommendations by the CDC:

           Avoid gathering in public places - especially in close proximity to others.

           Avoid close contact with those that are sick.

           Consider your travel plans and the risk of exposure.

         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.

     Kids and families should not:

          Gather in large groups - this is a time to be close with those that 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.

    Kids and families should:

    Follow the E-Learning Plans so that children stay connected to school and their teacher (more detailed information on E-Learning will be forthcoming)

      Avoid excessive media coverage of COVID-19

    Take care of their health. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.

    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 their  concerns and how they are feeling with friends or family members. Maintain healthy relationships.

    Use technology and social media for positive purposes - support one another and show 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 more information related to E-Learning. If you follow us on Facebook, we will be posting our plans and work with staff. We are focused on demonstrating to our students that we care about them and want to help keep moving their learning forward during these unprecedented times.

    We ask that you partner with us in “flattening the curve”, and helping to stop the outbreak to ensure a healthy school community.

    I appreciate our partnership in raising healthy and successful students.

    More to come…

    Kristina Davis, Superintendent


    COVID-19 Updates

     

    March 13, 2020 4:00pm

    E-Learning Days 

    At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. However,  out of respect for the public interest and to adhere to the recommended guidelines for social distancing,  District 33, in conjunction with area superintendents, is closing all school buildings to students the weeks of March 16 - 20 and March 23 - March 27. In addition, all activities and events at the buildings are canceled through spring break, March 30 - April 3. We will continue to keep you updated as we gather more information.

    In an effort to continue to engage students in learning, District 33 has created a comprehensive e-learning plan to begin on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The e-learning plan for all students in grades preK-8th will be posted on the district website. This plan contains a learning choice board of activities that are both technology based and paper based.

     E-Learning Parent FAQs 

    Today, 6-8 grade students brought home their Chromebook and chargers. These should be used for academic purposes ONLY, as they are the property of the district. 

    Additionally, we are working with our food service provider to establish a plan to provide meals for students who need it. 

    We will continue to consult with our local health officials over spring break to evaluate if we need to extend our closure beyond April 4. Please expect follow-up communication from us between now and April 4. 

    We continue to update the Health Services Section of our website with information and frequently asked questions & answers related to COVID-19. 

    Thank you in advance for your support as we implement what is best for our students and staff during this unprecedented time. We understand this may cause challenges for some families, however, we believe this is in the best interest of our school community at this time. 

     

     

    March 13, 2020, 2:00pm

     At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. However,  out of respect for the public interest and to adhere to the recommended guidelines for social distancing,  District 33, in conjunction with area superintendents,  is closing all school buildings to students the weeks of March 16 - 20 and March 23 - March 27. In addition, all activities and events at the buildings are canceled through spring break, March 30 - April 3. We will continue to keep you updated as we gather more information.   

    Where can I find the most up to date District 33 communications?
    Any communications or information from District 33 is located here on the District’s Health Services website. 

    Do we have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in District 33? 
    As of today, we are not aware of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in District 33 schools.

    Where can the most up to date resources and guidance on COVID-19 be found?
    Centers for Disease Control
    Ilinois Department of Public Health 
    DuPage County Health Department
    Illinois State Board of Education

    What do I do if I think I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?
    If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, you should immediately contact your local health department. 

    How can I contact the local health department?
    The DuPage County Health Department can be reached at 1-800-889-3931, 630-221-7553, [email protected] or https://dupagehealth.org/.

    Is the District working with partner agencies?
    The District is in regular communication with the Illinois and DuPage County Health Departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as, the Illinois State Board of Education.

    How are schools being cleaned to prevent illness?
    D33 has implemented an enhanced cleaning and disinfecting plan that includes daily cleaning of high-touch surfaces. Additionally, we have provided each classroom and office space with wipes to clean routine areas.   Buildings and Grounds is currently doing nightly disinfection of high-touch areas.  Custodians will also make 3-4 bottles of disinfecting sanitizer available for teacher use when students are not in the classroom (for example, during lunch or after dismissal).  Should our district and buildings be closed due to COVID-19, a deep cleaning and disinfecting of each building will be done during the closure.   

    What can I do to prevent the spread of illness?
    The CDC recommends the following preventive actions: 

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

    • Stay home when you are sick.

    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.


    Who makes the decision to close schools?
    Local school districts, acting in accordance with guidance from state and local health departments, will make the final decision as to whether conditions require the closure of schools. At this time, we are not planning to close District 33 schools. 

    Are large events being canceled?
    District 33 is working with the DuPage County Health Department to determine if this is necessary. At this time, we have not canceled any large school events. Families should be advised that while we make every effort to communicate these types of decisions quickly, the cancellation of events could come at the last minute. 

    If the decision is made to close schools, what will happen? 
    Local school districts, acting in accordance with guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and local health departments, will make the final decision as to whether conditions require the closure of schools. Should we learn of a case of COVID-19 in our community, we will follow their guidance to close schools to assess the situation and provide additional cleaning of affected schools. Again, we will seek guidance from public health authorities to determine when to close a school and for how long.

    In the event of a closure, we will be providing a list of online resources currently used in our district that students can access from home. Should we have to close schools for an extended period of time, D33 would consider extending the school calendar into the month of June up to 5 days. These 5 days are already built into our calendar as “snow days.”

    Can districts exclude students, staff, or volunteers for 14 days if they present at school after having visited a region affected by the virus?
    Per Illinois Department of Public Health guidance, any student returning from a location with a sustained widespread transmission (CDC Travel Warning of Level 3) should not attend school for 14 days after the return date. Absences for this purpose should be excused. Further, family members of these students should not attend work if they also traveled to one of the locations with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning. Current information on travel warnings is available on the CDC’s website.

    If a student, staff member or volunteer has returned from an affected geographic location within the past 14 days or is a contact to a COVID-19 case, and develops respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, school personnel should immediately report the matter to the local health department/IDPH. Please keep in mind there are other respiratory viruses like influenza currently circulating in Illinois. Schools should inform all individuals to call ahead before taking the student to a doctor’s office or emergency department to prevent any potential spread.

    A district should not inquire as to a student’s travel history for enrollment purposes. Once enrolled, a district may screen students regarding recent travel but must screen all students equally. Any information obtained from the screening will be considered a school student record. Any students identified through a screening must be referred to the local health department/IDPH. All decisions regarding quarantine and exclusion must be made by state or local public health officials. Districts cannot, without first consulting the local health department/IDPH, exclude or deny enrollment or education to students who are residents of the district due to travel considerations. Districts must not apply standards that may be discriminatory for only one group of students.

    Districts may make local determinations on whether it will prohibit volunteers in schools due to concerns about COVID-19. Districts should make local determinations on COVID-19-related working conditions of staff in accordance with any bargaining agreements and in consultation with any relevant bargaining entities.



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