District 64 2020-21 Planning Update
District 64 schools will remain in full remote learning from November 30 - January 18, with a possible return to our hybrid model on Tuesday, January 19. This decision, made by Superintendent Eric Olson in consultation with the Cook County Department of Health, was based on the trends in our data, as well as the concern regarding the amount of travel quarantines we would recommend for students and staff. District leadership will continue to monitor the metrics and consult with the health dept. during this period, and will return to in-person learning before January 19, if it's safe to do so.
Dr. Olson also made the difficult decision to not open District 64 buildings to special education instructional students attending in-person during this time period as well for the same reasons.
In a recent letter to parents, staff and the community, Dr. Olson cited three reasons: two of the District thresholds have been passed (8 percent positivity rate and 175 cases per 100,000); the District has maintained high numbers for a sustainable amount of time; and the county data has also maintained high numbers.
No students or staff (outside of custodians and administrators) will be in attendance at the schools. Dr. Olson said while he prefers to have students return to the classroom, the decision will be based on metrics with the health and safety of students and staff in mind.
“As always, the goal is to have students return for in-person learning full-time, and we will continue to take the necessary precautions until we get there,” he said.
District 64 is following the recommendations of the Illinois Dept. of Public Health when it comes to travel restrictions. If you travel to most other states, their recommendation is that you quarantine for two weeks after you return. District 64 is asking the same for its staff and students. If your family travels during this time period, and schools open prior to January 19, please do not send your children to school for 14 days upon your return.
Watching the numbers:
District officials continue to watch a couple sets of numbers in the COVID-19 metrics that could impact the schools. To view the data we’re watching, click on this user-friendly website. Note that the metrics alone will not necessitate closing the schools. When the numbers get close to those thresholds, District 64 contacts the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) for guidance. To better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our schools, please watch the portion of the District 64 website featuring a dashboard of COVID-19 metrics from our in-person students and staff. These numbers will be updated each Friday afternoon. The numbers are not expected to change much during the Remote Learning period since the data reports only on in-person students and staff.
Resources for families
We offer various ideas for helping parents and students deal with COVID-19 at home on our Parent Resource page. Find more free or temporarily free learning resources for teachers and parents to support student learning while Illinois’ schools are closed (from the Illinois State Board of Education). Information on finding low-cost internet connectivity for those who qualify is listed at the bottom of this page.
Keeping kids healthy when school is closed: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers tips on protecting children from getting sick.
COVID-19 GUIDELINES: We are also providing you with recommended guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.
Communications: This web page, dedicated to the Coronavirus, is found via a banner towards the top of the D64 home page. We also plan to continue to communicate to you regularly as long as the spread of the virus continues. Two things you can do to help:
Please contact the school office if your contact information has changed recently so we know the best way to reach you.
Please inform us if a student or family member is known to have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case.
In the meantime, we’re providing you with additional information about influenza, Coronavirus and how to prevent the spread of illness within the school setting on the Health and Safety Tips page of our website. Other important links are listed here:
Click here for the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) information
FAQ's regarding Children and Coronavirus (CDC)
Know the Facts about COVID-19 (CDC)
How to talk with your children about Coronavirus (National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses)
Park Ridge Library: Does someone in your family need a library card? You can get free access to ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines and newspapers from around the world, online databases on everything from cooking and crafting to live tutoring help with your card! Apply for a library card online. One of our team members will email you your library card number and pin so you can access online resources and your account right away. Remember to pickup your card and show proof of residency when the library reopens. For questions regarding your account including card expiration, resetting your pin on your account, renewals or overdue materials please email our Patron Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org
FAMILY RESOURCES: Listed below are some resources for families to assist with food, clothing and other emergency needs. If any student or family member requires emergency mental health support, please dial 911.
Mental / Emotional Health: The Call4Calm Emotional Support Line from the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Free Internet: Families who qualify for low cost internet may apply for Internet Essentials from Comcast or Access from AT&T. Comcast is now providing two months of free service to new qualifying customers, as well as opening up the Xfinity WiFi service to the public. To connect to Xfinity WiFi look for the “xfinitywifi” network name when searching for a WiFi network on your device. Open a browser to finish making the connection.