DISTRICT 64 FALL 2020 PLANNING UPDATE

Students returned to classrooms on Oct. 13 as Hybrid Learning began in District 64. The Hybrid Plan allows students to take in-person classes on either Mondays and Tuesdays or Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesday remains a Remote Learning Day for all.

Students in pre-K (3-year-olds), kindergarten, first and sixth grades in-person learning returned on Oct. 13. The first day of in-person learning for Pre-K (4-year-olds), 2nd - 5th, and 7th - 8th grades will be Oct. 19.

About 30 of District 64 students opted for staying in remote learning through the first trimester.

School will look a bit different for returning students. The new rules and procedures are in place to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for all. We ask everyone who enters the school to follow the three W’s: Wear a Mask; Watch Your Distance; and Wash Your Hands.

Wear a Mask: By order of ISBE and the IDPH, masks are to be worn by all students and staff when they are inside of a District 64 school building. Guidelines have changed since July, and unfortunately neck gaiters and neck buffs are no longer acceptable alternatives to masks. Upon entry to school buildings, all students will be checked to ensure proper mask wearing, and a disposable one will be provided to students who have not brought one for the day. Alternately, parents may provide students with an extra mask to keep at school.

Watch Your Distance: Everyone should maintain 6 feet of social distancing as much as possible.

Wash Your Hands: Frequent hand-washing and use of hand sanitizer will be a scheduled part of each student’s day. Staff and students will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer whenever entering or exiting buildings / classrooms. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR PARENTS:

To limit the spread of COVID-19, District 64 is requiring parents to monitor their child’s health condition daily and to confirm this action by signing a commitment form every two weeks. See below for details. 

Daily:  Each day, prior to sending your child to school, you must perform a daily certification of health for this student. No forms need to be filled out on a daily basis; simply review the health assessment document and monitor your child for symptoms.

Bi-Monthly: Every two weeks, parents must verify this daily process by checking off on an online form called the Health Assessment Parent Commitment Form

To sign off on this form (every other Monday) please login to the Powerschool Parent Portal, click on your child’s name at the top, then click FORMS on the left side. Go to the COVID-19 section and open the Health Assessment Parent Commitment Form. Read and check off this short form, then repeat this process for each student in your family.

On Monday, Oct. 19, we are asking all parents who chose in-person learning to complete this form. After that, this will be repeated every two weeks on a Monday. We will provide reminders.

Only If... In the case that your child shows any symptoms, please go back to the COVID-19 section and fill out the Symptom Checklist, then call your school. This step only needs to be done if the child shows symptoms.

View the plan for special education students.

Administrators will continue planning for trimester two and will keep parents informed regarding instruction following Thanksgiving. Please continue to watch this page and your email for updates throughout September and the rest of the school year. Be aware that the changes have also created some changes in the school calendar.

The planning efforts involved many individuals representing various perspectives. In addition to guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the District team solicits input from staff, parents, and administrators to formulate its plans.

Following are some support for families dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and their children at home:

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:

  1. Please contact the school office if your contact information has changed recently so we know the best way to reach you.
  2. Please inform us if a student or family member is known to have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case.

Should the situation here change, we will work directly with Cook County Department of Public Health (CCPDH), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Diseases Prevention (CDC) to take necessary steps to safeguard our schools.

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:

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 patronservices@prpl.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.

Illinois FAQs

Maine Township Food Pantry

Maine Stay Youth and Family Services

North/Northwest Suburbs Resource Directory

Entry Point

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund

CEDA

Illinois Housing Authority

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.