October 9 Letter to Parents

Parents,

I can't believe the first quarter is officially in the books.  I want to thank you for your support and patience as we adjust to one thing after another.  So far, our hybrid model appears to be working and the students have been all smiles when they come in.  We will continue to watch the numbers in our county and region with the hope of getting students back into the buildings more frequently.  
 
As we move forward, I wanted to send out a few reminders to help with the safety of our students and staff:

  • Masks are required at all times in the buildings.  At this time, the guidance indicates we are not able to allow the use of neck gaiters as an approved face covering in the schools. 
  • It is important to wash hands and use hand sanitizer regularly throughout the day. 
  • Masks need to be washed daily. 
  • Social distancing of 6 ft. is very important to helping slow the spread. 
  • Do not send your child to school if they are experiencing any symptoms and/or they have a fever.  (The checklist is attached for your review).  Please let the office know as soon as possible if your child is sick. 
  • If your child has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 they must quarantine according to CDC/IDPH guidelines.  Typically a quarantine is 14 days from exposure, although at times there are  some special considerations.  You are not able to test out of quarantine with a negative test. 
  • If you have anyone at home experiencing symptoms do not send anyone to school until a diagnosis is received. 
  • If your child is sick, they will need either a doctor note or a negative test result to return to school (depending on the circumstances). 
  • Visitors are not being allowed in the buildings.  If you need to pick up your child or drop something off, please either call the school office or ring the door buzzer at the front of either building.  

If we have a positive case, you will be notified if your child is impacted through contract tracing of the individual that tests positive.  As a reminder, we cannot disclose information about positive cases and individuals, that would be a violation of privacy rights. 
 
If, for any reason, your child is not attending in-person, they can join their class online.  It is very important that they keep up with the daily work unless they are too sick to participate.  You can check grades and attendance online through TeacherEase at any time.  Parent teacher conferences will be taking place on October 28-29. All conferences will be held virtually this year due to COVID-19.  Information about signing up for conferences has been sent by teachers and/or building principals.
 
Meal packs are available for any child, age 18 and under, Monday-Friday when school is in session.  If you child is attending school they can order, and will receiver a meal pack before they leave for the day.  If your child is remote, you can pick up meal packs between 12:30-1:30 at William Holliday Elementary. Meal packs include a lunch and a breakfast along with 2 milks.
 
Thank you again for your continued support and patience as we navigate through all of the changes associated with the pandemic. 
 
Remember, wear your mask, wash your hands, and maintain social distancing. 
 
Have a great weekend ... don't forget there is no school on Monday.   
 
Julie