New SHIELD Testing
In addition to our current use of BinaxNOW COVID-19 testing, we will be adding another testing method beginning late September. The SHIELD program will provide on-going weekly screening for unvaccinated students/staff. CLICK HERE to read Dr. Wang’s email that was sent to all District staff and families on August 29th about this new testing method.
- All students and staff will be automatically enrolled in the SHIELD program. To start, only unvaccinated students and staff will be tested in the weekly screening. If you wish to exclude your child from the program, please complete this OPT-OUT FORM by September 6.
Medical Forms Due October 1st
All students in Kindergarten, 6th grade, and new to District 35 must be in compliance with the state’s minimum requirements. Proof of immunizations must be submitted to the school nurse with the physician and parent signed State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination Form by October 1, 2021. In accordance with state law, a student that is not in compliance with these mandates on October 15th must be EXCLUDED from school until proof is obtained.
If you have any questions regarding Illinois health requirements, please reach out to your building nurse:
Central School - Susan Ross & Holly Jamieson 847.835.7640
West School - Marlene Balling 847.835.6640
South School - Bridget Joyce 847.835.6440
It is our shared responsibility to ensure we practice good hygiene and maintain a healthy environment for our students and staff. The steps to mitigate risks and care for our students and staff may be found here. In addition, the detailed FAQ from IDPH contains the latest information on health requirements in the schools.
Review the IDPH exclusion document to consider when a student or staff member may return to school after exposure to COVID-19. All information reflects the requirements of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for schools.
Share Our Spare Diaper Drive
District 35 and the Glencoe PTO are collecting diapers for Share Our Spare’s annual National Diaper Need Awareness Week campaign in an effort to gather 250,000 diapers for Chicagoland families in need.
There will be bins at South, West and Central Schools the week of September 27-October 3 for diaper collection. Both opened and unopened packs are accepted.
GJHP Bike Ride in Support of Over The Rainbow
Looking for a fun event for the family and enjoy bike riding? Join THE GLENCOE JUNIOR HIGH PROJECT on Sunday, September 19th as we ride 25 miles in the North Shore Century to support Over the Rainbow, an Evanston based non-profit that provides affordable housing for adults with disabilities to live independently. This organization, which has 12 buildings throughout Illinois coordinates services for its residents to help achieve goals such as returning to school and finding employment. Click to learn more and to register for Team GJHP. Please indicate that you are riding as part of Team Glencoe Junior High Project when you register. For more information or any questions please contact Michelle Rosenthal at email@example.com.
Family Action Network Webinar
With a reporter’s eye and an insider’s perspective, journalist Eric Garcia chronicles the state of autism in America in his new book, We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation. Part manifesto, part memoir, and part reported essay, We’re Not Broken sees Mr. Garcia weave together personal anecdotes, interviews, and the latest scientific research to debunk the most pernicious misconceptions about autism and show that autistic people are everywhere — from dating apps to workplaces to Congress — and deserve to have a say in the policies and structures shaping their lives.
On Monday, September 20th from 7:00-8:00pm, Family Action Network will host
We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation
Click here to learn more about and to register for this free webinar event.
Safety in Glencoe
The Village of Glencoe is asking that individuals dismount and walk all bicycles, scooters, and skateboards when using the sidewalks in the downtown area. The signage is now posted in several locations in the Village. Thank you for taking just a moment to share this with your children and promote a safe experience for our community. We also ask that children dismount and walk at our schools. Thank you!
Happy New Year!
Our halls are bustling with our staff and students returning for the new school year. While we approach our new year with health protocols and safety measures, we have also reimagined what is possible to ensure our students connect and feel a strong sense of belonging in our classrooms.
We thank you for ensuring your child is temperature and symptom checked each day before arriving at school. Across the community, we require support to model healthy behavior and slow the spread of COVID-19. Click here to see the full details to report an illness and absence from school.
While the pandemic has impacted daily life for us all, we remain steadfast in our commitment to educating your children and supporting their healthy development. Together, we can make the best of each day and prioritize our children and staff in the process.
Safe Routes to Schools
We are excited to see so many students biking or walking to school again. 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 reimagined, planned thoughtfully, and we are eager to open the new year. To ensure the health and safety of all, please note the mask reminders below.
Click here for more information and tips to support your child with wearing a mask. We recommend all students arrive each day with extra masks in their backpacks. If your child needs additional masks, please contact your child’s nurse.
Travel guidance issued by the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) can be found here. This is self-monitoring and a family should notify the nurse if a student quarantines due to travel. Otherwise, the schools will not be monitoring travel quarantine status at this time.
The school district may release directory information which includes:
Birth date and place
Parent(s)/guardian(s) name and address
Period of attendance in school
Additionally, student pictures without identifying information may be posted on the district web page with informational pieces. Any parent(s)/guardian(s) may prohibit the release of any or all of the above by delivering a written objection to the Building Principal.