When we are thankful we take our eyes off our worries and focus on all the positives in our life.
There will be no school on November 25th, 26th and 27th due to the Thanksgiving break. To allow our staff, students, and families to enjoy this time, we have asked that no homework be assigned to students. Take time to refresh, give thanks, and spend time with your immediate family. We wish all members of our District 35 family a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving!
Adaptive Pause in District 35
Thank you for your partnership and flexibility during these first twelve weeks of school, a meaningful accomplishment for our community. Our students, teachers, and families - whether in-person or remote - have partnered to reinvent teaching and learning. We celebrate everyone’s achievements during this school year.
Despite these accomplishments and our community’s efforts, as the holidays approach and COVID numbers rise, we expect our ability to safely and effectively operate our schools to be impacted. Therefore, after full consideration at our Committee of the Whole meeting last evening, we are proactively shifting to remote learning from November 30, 2020 through January 15, 2021. Click here to read the full parent notification.
Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely
Please remember that preventative measures are as important as ever as we plan holiday celebrations. This Thanksgiving, we urge you to remember what matters most — our friends and family and their health and wellbeing. The Cook County Department of Public Health’s Stay at Home Advisory and the State’s new Tier 3 mitigation plan recommend that residents not gather with other households and host virtual celebrations instead. If you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving with people outside of your household, follow these tips for a safer celebration.
District 35 is seeking daily substitutes to support our hybrid in-person learning model. Are you interested in supporting this option in our schools? Please:
- Apply online for the SUBSTITUTE position
- Complete the additional documentation and secure a license
We look forward to increasing options within our schools to support student learning. Thank you!
Exclusion Guidance from IDPH
On October 27, 2020, the school guidance for responding to COVID-19 cases or symptoms was updated by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Our schools work with the Cook County Department of Public Health to respond using the following criteria:
If a student is sent home sick with suspected COVID-19 symptoms during a school day the IDPH guidelines also require that all siblings must also be sent home and quarantine until an alternative diagnosis is made or a negative COVID test result is received. While a negative rapid COVID test is allowed to clear a child to return to school after exhibiting symptoms, a PCR test remains the most accurate. If an individual is a close contact to a confirmed case, the school is experiencing an outbreak, or the health department is requiring validation due to community transmission levels, documentation of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result is needed. Our school nurse will provide all information when a child is sent home. Our nurse will also remain in contact with the family to ensure appropriate next steps are followed to return to school.
Safe Routes to Schools
We are pleased to see so many students biking or walking to school. Please view the Safe Routes to Schools information here to be aware of crossing guard locations, stop signs, and recommended routes for our students. Please also be mindful of the helmet law in Glencoe - all children under the age of 16 must wear a helmet while on a bicycle, scooter, or skateboard. Thank you for your support of this critical safety measure.
We are so proud of our staff and students for the successful opening week of our school year. We reimagined, planned thoughtfully, and you have supported us to make the return to learning happen for our students. You have also been diligent in helping with our daily symptom checks and sending your child in face coverings. To ensure the health and safety of all, please note the updated reminders below for masks.
Bandana masks do not provide a snug fit around the face. Recent research on gaiters has shown that some are worse than no mask (the CDC has also said the effectiveness of gaiters is unknown at this time). Within District 35 we have also seen that gaiters more easily slip down and therefore we have observed more touching of the gaiter to keep it over the mouth/nose. If your child needs additional cloth masks, we have plenty to share as your child arrives at school.
Frequently Asked Questions
We appreciate the many questions which have been shared regarding our plans for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year. In order to more thoroughly address these, we have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document. This reflects the latest information from CDC and the Illinois State Board of Education as of July 26, 2020. We will continue to update this as additional information is shared to guide our planning.
Quarter 3 and 4 Change Request
In order to allow our teams to most effectively plan for the second semester of our school year, please take a moment to complete the form below if you are requesting a change in your child’s current learning model for Quarter 3 and/or Quarter 4.
Please ONLY complete this form if you seek a change. We will assume all other students will remain in their current learning model.
- Quarter 3 and Quarter 4 Request for Learning Model Change
Please complete one form for each child and do so by November 25th so we may plan accordingly for our staffing and classroom needs.
Cradles to Crayons Virtual Collection
Don’t worry if you missed your chance to drop off at the POD. There is an easy way to share! Click here to learn more about Glencoe’s unique Amazon wish list - created by Cradles to Crayons. Donations can be made November 21st through December 18th.
More than ever, we seek your assistance to maintain safe practices throughout our community to support our in-person learning experiences.
As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately.
Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation as we navigate these challenging times together.
Tech Help While at Home
Please SUBMIT any tech support needs to eHelp. Please share as much detail as possible to allow our team to support your needs.
Technology in our Schools
This year all our Kindergarten through 8th-grade students have been issued District 35 iPads and our teachers will be using several tools to streamline information and resources for students and families. Watch this short video for an overview of Clever and Schoology information on parent access to Schoology. Additional information on Schoology can be found in A Parent’s Guide to Schoology.
If you need assistance accessing your parent Schoology account, please email email@example.com.
The Board of Education has approved the 2020-2021 school year calendar. Winter break and spring break are common across New Trier Township. Click here to view a one page listing of major events for the upcoming school year. Please note, this calendar reflects the November 3, 2020 federal holiday for election day.
Family Service of Glencoe Support
If you are homebound and need help, Family Service of Glencoe is here for you!
Please let Family Service of Glencoe know if you are unable to go out and need help of any kind such as food, medicine or other supplies while staying home. If you are feeling isolated, do not hesitate to call. You may reach out to Bill Hansen at Family Service of Glencoe at 847-835-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is staffed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.