COVID Testing in District 35
As an additional safety measure, all staff and students must have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to returning to in-person instruction.
• Click here for all details on our testing website. The parent letter with all details of the process for those who registered was sent on January 6, 2021.
• Should a family prefer to complete their own testing, District 35 will accept the negative result of a PCR test (not a RAPID test) administered in Illinois between January 10, 2021 - January 14, 2021.
* If your child received a positive COVID diagnosis during the adaptive pause and break, please be sure to notify your school nurse.
Update on Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts/Travel
January 4, 2021
Please note that the Cook County Department of Public Health and Illinois Department of Public Health have released updated guidance in response to the recent Centers for Disease Control guidance revision.
For close contacts and travel, the 14-day quarantine is still highly recommended; however, the state and local health departments have advised our local districts that it is acceptable to follow the alternate quarantine time periods due to our effective mitigation efforts. For the purposes of quarantine, TRAVEL refers to out-of-state or out-of-country travel that extends beyond 24 hours.
Beginning on January 19th, the following revised quarantine timelines will be in effect for our students if they have been deemed a close contact or have traveled:
-A 10-day quarantine and an absence of all symptoms during any day of the daily monitoring period is required. The student may return to school on the 11th day. While a shortened time period of quarantine is available for adults who also complete a RT-PCR test, this option is not allowed for children.
As always, please contact your school nurse directly with any questions.
Exclusion Guidance from IDPH
On January 4, 2021, 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. 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.
Tech Help While at Home
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Reminders from District 35
Please take a few minutes to review the information included below for our online experiences.
We are grateful for the many ways we are working together to support our learning community during the weeks ahead. Please continue to reach out to your child’s teacher and building principal if you have questions specific to your child’s daily routines.
We thank you for your assistance to please continue to share any COVID news with us as we are monitoring all cases and need for quarantine during the weeks ahead. While we are on our adaptive pause we will send a weekly update on COVID cases each Wednesday.
Stay safe and take care,
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!
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.
FAN Virtual Event
On Thursday, January 14th from 7:00-8:00pm, Family Action Network presents, “Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life, a FAN Webinar feat. Christie Tate.” Click here to register and for more information on this free virtual event.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. The office is staffed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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.