Monday, November 29, 2021

District 35 2021-2022 Planning

COVID-19 Dashboard

During the school year we will update our COVID-19 case information on Friday on the COVID-19 Dashboard. While this represents a snapshot in time of the data, we continue to reflect upon the trends and are monitoring all factors as we make informed decisions about the mitigation and health protocols in our schools.

Exclusion Guidance from IDPH

The school guidance for responding to COVID-19 cases or symptoms continues to be updated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Our schools will work with the Cook County Department of Public Health to respond using the following criteria:

- IDPH Decision Tree for Symptomatic Individuals

If a student is sent home sick with suspected COVID-19 symptoms during a school day the IDPH guidelines require a negative PCR test for the child to return. Siblings are allowed to stay in school as long as a COVID test is performed for the symptomatic sibling within 24 hours. Due to community transmission levels, if an individual is a close contact to a confirmed case or experiencing symptoms, 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.

Parent Guide to Schoology

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

Learning Plan for 2021-2022

We are pleased to share our plans to offer a full-day in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. Please see below to learn more details of the plans as presented on August 5, 2021 at our Board of Education meeting.

Learning Plan Presentation Video with Dr. Catherine Wang - August 12, 2021
SOUTH Updates - shared by Dr. Zonghetti
WEST Updates - shared by Mrs. Zuhr
CENTRAL Updates - shared by Dr. Mollet and Mr. Kim

We look forward to welcoming our students and staff to the new year. Please join us and share in our theme of belonging - belonging to community; finding our place, path and people; and acknowledging how the safety of feeling like we belong helps us grow and learn.

School Sports Requirements

This sports guidance issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) pertains to all school-based sports.

FAQs 2020-2021 Planning

What will happen if there is a +COVID case in my child’s class?
1. District 35 will work with the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) to share information on all details (classroom setup, PPE in place, dates of attendance, etc.) and receive guidance on next steps.

2. All parents in the classroom will be notified and given additional direction on next steps. Determination will be made on shifting a class to remote should quarantine be required.

3. All families and staff will be notified of a positive case in the school (while abiding by all privacy requirements).

4. Enhanced COVID-19 cleaning and disinfecting will occur in any impacted area.

Our nurses will assist us in reviewing contacts and additional students/staff requiring detailed notification. We will work directly with the health experts at the CCDPH to determine any additional needs to quarantine, isolate, or close our school facilities. No such decision would be made without the guidance of our local health department.
What are the cleaning and sanitation procedures for all areas of the schools?
Our custodial team has been fully trained in new protocols for cleaning high-touch and high-traffic areas based on the CDC Cleaning guidance. In addition, all cleaning products have been reviewed and updated to ensure the potency for COVID. The cleaning routines within classrooms, bathrooms, and high-touch surfaces have been increased should we be in the in-person or hybrid mode. Within the hybrid mode, all classroom spaces will receive an additional level of cleaning of the high touch surfaces in the mid-day period. Students will not share desks or devices while in either the in-person or hybrid mode. In situations where a table or work surface is used by multiple students or staff, the surface will be wiped down using a disinfectant cloth in between users.

In addition, the district is adding additional EPA approved cleaning multiple times each week throughout the schools. The same service will be utilized should additional cleaning/disinfecting be required in the event of a positive COVID-19 case.
What enhancements have been made to the ventilation in the schools?
Within District 35, energy recovery ventilator systems have been in place for several years based on the requirements for schools. There is fresh air brought into all learning spaces in all three schools. We will also promote open windows across all classrooms to ensure the highest level of fresh air is available throughout the school day.

At West School, the building is almost exclusively ventilated by a dedicated outdoor air system with an energy recovery wheel with the geothermal system. At Central School, approximately 1/3 of the building is ventilated in a similar manner while the remainder of the school is provided with outdoor air in response to occupancy per the recommendation of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) guidelines with the geothermal system. South School is exclusively ventilated with outdoor air in response to occupancy per the recommendation of ASHRAE guidelines.

In addition, the district staff maintain a rigorous filter replacement schedule in all locations. The current systems and replacement procedures have all been designed and supported by a team including HVAC specialists, engineers, and Environmental Services specialists.
How will you address the social-emotional needs of students and staff?
The social-emotional well being of our school community is a critical area to support as we welcome our children and staff to the new school year. We are committed to the following steps across District 35:

How else may I support my own child’s social-emotional wellness?
Please enjoy these resources from the Yale Child Study Center and the Child Mind Institute to help families foster resilience in the face of stress and adversity.

First Aid for Feelings During COVID-19
Managing at Home Learning
Regulating our Emotions

The following additional resources can support healthy conversations with your child about the pandemic and the changes in daily life:
Has Anyone Seen Normal?
Tools to Handle Anxiety around the Coronavirus
Lessons on Parenting through a Crisis
Will all remote portions of the day be via Zoom?
It is not our expectation that all sessions are hosted via Zoom. Our spring remote learning experience challenged us to rethink how we may maintain connections with our students. You may see Zoom, Loom, Flipgrid, and other online tools to support visual and auditory connection with our teachers.

We all acknowledge our students and staff crave the in-person opportunity for learning and community. As we support our students and staff members to feel connected and safe, we have heard from all stakeholders regarding the positive value of live connections in these difficult times.

During any remote portion, your child’s school day is designed to include a number of activities to access content such as reading, using online tools, researching, completing practice assignments, outdoor activities, watching educational videos, and creative experiences. Each grade level will have an assigned schedule with sessions to attend during the remote portion of the day.

REMOTE 2.0 Should we require a shift to the Remote 2.0 across the schools, while ISBE recommends 2.5 hours of synchronous learning per day, we recognize this level of screentime is not appropriate for all learners. Students in Kindergarten will have 2 hours of synchronous learning available to them each day, while students in grades 1-4 will have 2.5 of synchronous learning available to them each day. Students in grades 5-8 will have a minimum of 2.5 hours of synchronous learning each day. The synchronous time will be spread across a child’s day, rather than continuous live screentime.
Is our school calendar still the same?
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 now reflects the November 3, 2020 federal holiday for election day.

Glencoe District 35 Mission Statement

The mission of the Glencoe School District is to provide each child with an educational foundation for life-long learning as a socially responsible member of a global society by dedicating resources toward the development of the whole child within a secure school environment.

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