District 41 elementary schools return to the blended in-person model on December 3. Hadley will remain in the full remote model. MORE HERE
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We are pleased to report that our first COVID-19 saliva surveillance testing results combined with positive tests that have been reported to school nurses over Thanksgiving break, have indicated that we are safe to return to the in-person blended model as of Thursday, December 3 for our elementary schools only. There are a number of factors to consider to allow for in-person learning. Hadley Junior High School will remain in the full remote model due to the high number of staff quarantines and student quarantines. We will monitor the return dates for Hadley staff.
While we continue watching for national and local information on coronavirus, please refer to this webpage for a list of ongoing District 41 communications.
LOCAL/STATE/FEDERAL HEALTH INFO
- D41 Parent Resources Guide during COVID-19
- Framework and Metrics for Reopening Schools (DCHD)
- COVID-19 FAQ for Schools (ISBE)
- COVID-19 INTERIM EXCLUSION GUIDANCE (IDPH) Decision Tree for Symptomatic Individuals in Pre-K, K-12 Schools and Day Care Programs
- DCHD Coronavirus webpage If you have questions about coronavirus, call the Illinois Coronavirus hotline 800-889-3931 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Talking with children about Coronavirus (CDC)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource (NASP)
Elementary Back to Blended Dec. 3 / Hadley to Remain in Full Remote Model
(December 2, 2020)
"I am pleased to report that our first COVID-19 saliva surveillance testing results combined with positive tests that have been reported to school nurses over Thanksgiving break, have indicated that we are safe to return to the in-person blended model tomorrow, Thursday, December 3 for our elementary schools only. There are a number of factors to consider to allow for in-person learning. Hadley Junior High School will remain in the full remote model due to the high number of staff quarantines and student quarantines. We will monitor the return dates for Hadley staff and Principal Diveley will provide an update early next week." more...
Saliva Testing Parent Information
(November 30, 2020)
"This information is intended primarily for families who opted into saliva testing but we are sharing it with everyone with the hope that it may provide answers to questions and increase our participation rate. As a reminder, saliva screening results/health data is only one of five factors District 41 considers when making the decision to provide in-person learning. The health and safety of our district community is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and partnership as we move through this very complicated school year. You may return the sample on Monday, 11/30 or Tuesday, 12/1..." more...
COVID-19 Saliva Screening Information Session
(November 16, 2020)
To sign up of for saliva screening login to Skyward and look for the Safeguard Consent & Waiver
SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE D41 SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM HERE
WATCH THE SURVEILLANCE SCREENING INFO SESSION HERE
"At the Board of Education meeting on Monday, November 9, the Board approved a COVID-19 saliva-based surveillance screening agreement with SafeGuard Surveillance,LLC. Information will be shared about the COVID-19 screening plans in District 41 during an Information Session Live Stream on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16 at 6:30 P.M. During this session, a panel of representatives will provide detailed information about the screening process as well as the process for giving consent." more...
D41 Going Full Remote starting November 16
(November 12, 2020)
"We will be moving all District 41 students to the full remote model starting on Monday, November 16. This morning we reached a point where we are not able to cover classes across the school district due to staff being out for sickness, quarantine or testing positive. The community transmission and the need for both students and staff to be on quarantine continues to increase. We have seen an increase in the number of positive cases identified in our students and staff as well as in the numbers of students and staff on quarantine. Each day this week, we have had to pull staff away from their primary responsibilities to cover classrooms." more...
Covid Update / Testing Announcement
(November 11, 2020)
"The Board approved a testing agreement with SafeGuard Surveillance,LLC and we will share more information about the process of testing as soon as the logistics are finalized. We will be holding a Webinar on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16 at 6:30 P.M. During this Webinar, we will provide detailed information about the testing process as well as the process for giving consent. The link to the webinar will be sent out to the community before the end of the week." more...
Message from Dr. K - Covid Update
(November 6, 2020)
"All five District 41 schools will continue to offer in-person learning on Monday, November 9. Families can expect that in-person learning will continue beyond Monday, unless otherwise notified. Each day we look at the county and state-wide data related to COVID-19. Most importantly, we monitor our district data which is examined for both health and operational considerations. In my conversations with the DuPage County Health Department, we remain confident that the mitigation strategies we have in place will help reduce the spread of the virus in schools." more...
Message from Dr. K - Covid Updates
(November 4, 2020)
"I am happy to share that we have successfully transitioned to the blended model for all grade levels. It was a great start to in-person learning this week for 3rd - 8th grade students. We will continue to monitor all of the factors that will allow us to keep kids in school for those families who have chosen the blended in-person model. We need all families to help us by keeping kids home if they are sick, if someone in the family is sick with covid-like symptoms, and/or has tested positive for COVID-19. Click here for a letter from the Dupage County Health Department with updated exclusionary guidance." more...
Important Reminder : COVID symptoms or close contact? Stay home.
(November 3, 2020)
"As we prepare to have all of our blended students back in our schools tomorrow, we want to send a very important reminder. If you have a COVID positive case in your immediate family or within a group that you or your children are close contacts with, please do not send them to school tomorrow. If one of your children is symptomatic, please do not send them to school tomorrow nor siblings. Our school nurses can serve as a resource to you and guide you through the exclusionary requirements and next steps." more...
Covid-19 Updates from Dr. K
(October 23, 2020)
"I know that the uncertainty related to the increasing covid numbers in our county is difficult and concerning for both families and staff. I was on a zoom again today with the DuPage County superintendents as well as the DuPage County Health Department. As of now, we are continuing with our plans to keep moving forward with our in-person learning. Please know that the information shared today about the increasing case counts and the increase in cases in children is not moving in the right direction. If this trend continues, it is unavoidable that we will have to take an adaptive pause (shift to our remote model likely for 14 days) in one of our schools or across the district." more...
Safety & Stability is our Priority
(October 20, 2020)
"We have had a successful return to in-person learning and launch of our remote learning for our preschool, kindergarten,1st and 2nd graders. Thank you to our families and staff for making these transitions possible both in the blended model and the remote model." more...
DuPage County Covid Status Update
(October 16, 2020)
"Today, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) announced that the county will be moved into the Red/Substantial transmission category for community transmission of Covid-19. Please watch for a press release later today from the DuPage County Health Department. Please know that this DOES NOT mean we will automatically move back into full remote learning. We had a successful first day of in-person learning for our kindergarteners, first and second graders yesterday and we are hopeful we will be able to continue with this model, with the support of our community behind us." more...
A Letter from the D41 Nurses
(October 13, 2020)
"The D41 nursing team is assisting the DuPage County Health Department in contact tracing to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Each building nurse has a thorough understanding of the health department’s decision tree in determining how long a student must quarantine or isolate and what documentation is needed to return to school. We are looking forward to welcoming your students back into the building and are doing everything we can to keep everyone healthy and safe." more...
Reminder: Stay Home If You're Sick
(October 8, 2020)
"The district has recently been notified of several confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the District 41 community. This is a reminder for all families to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for helping to stop the spread. This is the only way we will be able to open our schools and keep them open. It takes all of us to keep our community safe. With our shift to blended happening very soon for our youngest learners, we ask all of you to make compliance with isolation and quarantine requirements a very high priority." more...
Daily Self Certification Wellness Check Required
(October 7, 2020)
"District 41 is looking forward to having students and staff back in the buildings. There are some new processes and procedures that go along with the transition back to in-person learning. In addition to wearing masks and keeping 6ft socially distanced, students who will be attending school in person will be required to self certify prior to arriving to school or boarding the bus every day." more...
Returning to In-Person Learning - Update
(October 2, 2020)
"As we prepare to shift from our Full Remote Model to our Blended AM/PM Model, I want to take this opportunity to thank our families and ask for a unified commitment to the success of in-person learning. If we are to be successful at opening schools and keeping them open, it will take all of us working together. Thank you for your continued partnership! Click for the updated Reopening Plan document | CLIC AQUI PARA ESPANOL" more...
Transition to Blended Model Update
(September 25, 2020)
"Thank you to all families and staff for hanging in there with us as we work through a collaborative process to bring students back to the buildings and to continue the remote learning model. It is very important to us that as we prepare for the shift that we do it in a way that provides a high quality experience for both models. This district magazine provides the current information that we have confirmed to date. Continue to look for communications from your school principals about school specific plans." more...
Commitment Form Reminder and Update
(September 18, 2020)
"Today we received an update from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) indicating that we are now back to the blue level in the IDPH model and we remain in the orange/moderate in the DCHD model. This is good news as we continue to plan for in-person learning." more...
Dr. K Reopening/Blended Model Update
(September 15, 2020)
"As shared at the beginning of the school year, District 41 has been preparing for the transition into in-person learning by the end of the first quarter. At the September 14 Board of Education meeting, a plan to shift to our Blended AM/PM learning model was presented and supported by the Board. We are now planning on bringing the primary grades back for our blended model starting in October. Prioritizing the students who have the hardest time navigating remote learning is something that the current Illinois Department of Public Health framework and metrics supports. The plan remains to shift to the blended model for all students in November after the first quarter of the school year. It is important to note that the plan is based on the status of DuPage County COVID-19 metrics." more...
A Message from Dr. K Regarding In-Person Learning
(September 4, 2020)
"We are currently working across the district to determine how we might be able to transition into our Blended Plan for all District 41 schools come the end of the first quarter. As we plan our shift for all students, we are also looking at how our shift might best support our youngest learners. We will keep you posted over the coming weeks as we work through all of the details." more...
A Message from the Superintendent
(August 28, 2020)
"According to an Illinois State Board of Education survey (of those who responded) nearly 1.1 million students, roughly 62% of those enrolled, will do their work online only. I want everyone to know that even though we started remote like many districts in Illinois, we are committed to implementing our blended model. We spent months developing our model and want nothing more than the ability to bring our students back in person. We continue to watch the information coming from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) including the framework and metrics for reopening schools. This information was released to the public today and we will aggressively work through the information internally and with input from our Pandemic Response Advisory Team." more...
Message from Board President Bruno
(August 21, 2020)
"We’re starting school and looking forward to educating all children. Everyone has worked extensively to be ready to welcome all kids to their virtual classrooms. I’m certain that every parent has also made plans for the start of the school year. Undoubtedly, for many, sacrifices were made. The efforts of many people, including our parents will unquestionably be powerful factors in how successful we are in conducting online learning this fall." more...
D41 Full Remote Learning Overview
(August 13, 2020)
"Beginning Friday, August 21, all students will attend school remotely. Students will receive five clock hours of instruction every day based on their assignment into an AM or PM schedule.." more...
D41 Announces Full Remote Learning
(August 7, 2020)
"At a special meeting of the Board of Education on August 6, the Board voted to begin the school year under a full remote learning plan for all students. Click Here for the presentation to the Board." more...
Special Board Meeting Aug. 6
(August 4, 2020)
"The Board of Education of Glen Ellyn School District 41 has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, August 6, 2020, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be conducted entirely by electronic means originating at Hadley Middle School" more...
Message from the Superintendent
(July 29, 2020)
"Thank you to all of our families for completing the Commitment Form indicating if your children will return under the blended AM/PM model or the remote only option. Click here for the Reopening of Schools Plan. Approximately 21 percent of our families have requested the remote only option. The principals are doing their best to build the schedules for the blended model and to assign the same time of day for siblings. Thank you in advance for your patience as I know it is always best to have as much time as possible to plan. We are working hard and fast to get the information to you as soon as possible." more...
Reopening Plan Now Available
(July 22, 2020)
"On July 20, 2020 the Glen Ellyn School District 41 Board of Education officially voted on and approved the 2020-2021 District 41 Reopening Schools Plan. The plan features a blended learning model of in-person teaching at school, and remote instruction. The plan prioritizes aggressive safety measures along with a commitment to full in-person learning once it is deemed safe to do so by state and local health officials." more...
Special Board Meeting on July 20 at 6 p.m.
(July 19, 2020)
"The Board of Education of Glen Ellyn School District 41 has scheduled a special meeting for Monday, July 20, 2020, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Individuals who wish to make public comment virtually during the live streamed Board of Education meeting must complete and submit a form no later than 1:00 PM on July 20, 2020." more...
Reopening Plan website
(July 15, 2020)
"District 41 is proposing a blended model of half day am/pm in-person instruction as well as remote learning in the Fall. The first day of school for students is August 21. Visit www.d41.org/reopeningplan to learn more about the model."
(July 12, 2020)
"Parents, your collaboration is appreciated! Please fill out the Elementary and Hadley parent questionnaires regarding clustering and AM/PM details for this Fall. Elementary HERE. Hadley HERE
Please respond by July 15th. Thank you!"
FAQs for Reopening Schools 2020/21
(July 10, 2020)
"As questions about the school year come in from parents, we want to make sure that the broad questions asked by many are answered and communicated to all. We have created a Reopening Plan 2020 Frequently Asked Questions webpage" MORE
Join a Hadley live stream on Tuesday, July 14 at 6 p.m.
(July 10, 2020)
"As a follow up to the announcement of the draft plan for next school year, Glen Ellyn School District 41 Superintendent Dr. Melissa Kaczkowski, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Accountability Dr. Katie McCluskey, Principal Steve Diveley, BOE President Dr. Robert Bruno and BOE Vice President Jason Loebach will present details about the 2020/21 School Year specific to Hadley Junior High School."
WHEN: Tuesday, July 14 at 6 p.m. via live stream. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE LIVE STREAM
July 8, 2020 Virtual Information Session (click to watch)
Join a live stream on Wednesday July 8 at 6 p.m.
(July 6, 2020)
"As a follow up to the announcement of the draft plan for next school year, Glen Ellyn School District 41 Superintendent Dr. Melissa Kaczkowski, Board of Education President Dr. Robert Bruno and Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Accountability Dr. Katie McCluskey will present details about the 2020/21 School Year this Wednesday night, July 8 at 6 p.m. via live stream. Join the live stream on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. by clicking here." MORE
Planning the Reopening of Schools
(July 6, 2020)
"Thank you for your patience over the past several weeks as we work through the Restore Illinois Plan and the Illinois State Board of Education guidance document. This has been a monumental task for school districts in Illinois and nationally. Please note that the Board of Education has not formally approved this plan but it is imperative that we begin getting feedback from families in order for our planning to move forward.
*This questionnaire is considered non-binding. We want to get your initial thoughts on next year. As more information gets communicated over the next few weeks, we will plan to do a second questionnaire that will be considered binding. It will be necessary to do so, so that we can accomplish everything that needs to be done prior to the start of school." MORE
New Guidance for Reopening Schools
(June 24, 2020)
"Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker released guidance for schools in the 2020-21 school year. Our planning for the next school year began before the 2019-20 school year ended, and the state’s 63-page guidance document will help us answer many of the questions you have asked in regards to what school will look like in the fall. The document was released to school districts at the same time as the public, and we are reviewing it to determine the best way to implement the state’s recommendations. As of June 24, no decisions have been made about what Glen Ellyn District 41 schooling will look like in the fall." MORE
PREPARING FOR FALL 2020
(June 11, 2020)
"As we move through Phase 3 and eventually into Phase 4, District 41 is preparing for the possibility of in-person learning in the fall. The district continues to work with and follow the guidelines being communicated by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Regional Office of Education and the DuPage Health Department. Click here for a Recovery Plan update provided by Superintendent Kaczkowski at the June 8 Board of Education meeting."
Message from Superintendent Dr. Melissa Kaczkowski
(May 22, 2020)
"As we get ready to call the 2019-2020 school year to a close, I wanted to provide you with an update in terms of the work that is happening relative to this coming Fall." MORE
Message from Board President Bruno
(May 12, 2020)
"In contemplating the appropriate words to express to you I’m mindful that we continue to live during the worst public health crisis in our lifetime. As the pandemic has expanded it is likely that many of you directly or by association experienced a form of painful loss. Let me acknowledge that possibility and offer you my sincere regret for any hardship you have endured. None of us are untouched by the anxiety, fear and frustration of a destructive worldwide pandemic. We are truly together in unprecedented times." MORE
PICK-UP PLANS FOR STUDENT ITEMS
(May 11, 2020)
"As we prepare for the end of the school year, we understand that some children may wish they had their personal items that they left at school when the buildings closed. We have arranged for personal items to be picked up at each school starting May 11. See below. The items are being packed up by district staff and put in bags labeled with each child’s name." MORE
Governor Closes Schools For Remainder of School Year
(April 17, 2020)
"During Governor Pritzker’s news conference today, he announced that all Illinois schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 School Year. While it is very sad that we will not be able to end the year together in our school buildings, we need to continue to take the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health departments very seriously." MORE
Week 4 -Remote Learning
(April 13, 2020)
"As we enter week 4 of learning at home, I want to thank each of you for all that you are doing to assist your children with the work within the matrices. As we transitioned to Remote Learning last week, I know that there were some bumps throughout the week in regards to technology both with access to documents and time it took to access certain documents. This occurred due to some security differences between families’ home computers and the students’ chromebook access levels. We know that these challenges can be frustrating and I sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate all of the content and technology needs to make Remote Learning accessible to all students." MORE
D41 Remote Learning Days - Guidelines and Information
(April 3, 2020)
"As of Monday, April 6, the learning at home will change from Act of God Days to Remote Learning Days. Remote Learning Days do count as instructional days and do not have to be made up. With this change to Remote Learning Days, Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has put new guidelines into effect. Please read below to ensure you understand the changes and how we need to move forward as a district:" MORE
Stay-At-Home Extended Through April
(March 31, 2020)
"Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced today that he is extending the stay-at-home order through April 30. This extension mirrors the guidelines set by the President of the United States. The extension includes school closures. As we have done over the first two weeks of schools being closed, we will provide e-learning through our teachers to students. Week 3 of e-learning will begin on Monday, April 6. We will be providing more information on remote learning later this week." MORE
Join Us for the Live Stream-Part 2 w/ Dr. Nancy Zarse on April 1st
(March 28, 2020)
"The DuPage Regional Office of Education and Glen Ellyn School District 41 invite everyone across our community to join us on April 1st at 6:30 p.m. for Part 2 in a series of 4 live streams with Dr. Nancy Zarse of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Zarse is an expert in the field of crisis and resilience and has worked on very high profile cases both nationally and internationally." MORE
SOCIAL DISTANCING & FUN ACTIVITIES
(March 27, 2020)
"As we move into Spring Break next week, I want to remind everyone to continue to practice strict social distancing and follow the stay-at-home order by Governor Pritzker. Although we do not know of any confirmed cases within the District 41 community, I know many of us are starting to hear of people in our lives who are being impacted by it. Social Distancing is something that we can do that will help protect all people and lessen the chances of it spreading in our community." MORE
Message from Board President Bruno
(March 24, 2020)
"As we begin the second week of being home with our families and learning to work and learn in new ways, I recognize the uncertainty that we are all feeling. Each of us will be impacted by the pandemic differently and no two families are alike. What is certain is the support I am seeing from our community. It is happening all throughout the District 41 community. " MORE
Stay At Home Order
(March 20, 2020 / 7 p.m.)
"Earlier today, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order requiring residents to “stay at home” effective Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m., through the end of April 7. As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that school will remain closed, with a new tentative reopening date of April 8. We recognize that this development may raise questions about the impact on students, staff, and families as well as the school’s vital role of providing meals to students and families while schools are closed. We anticipate further guidance and details from the Illinois State Board of Education next week." MORE
Navigating the First Week
(March 18, 2020 / 10 a.m..)
"I know that we are all trying to navigate these uncertain times. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we continue to move through this temporary shut-down. Please know that we are working hard behind the scenes to make sure our students’ and families’ needs are met, both academically and social emotionally." MORE
Social Distancing Information
(March 14, 2020 / 10 a.m..)
"While schools are closed in the State of Illinois, please consider the following about social distancing provided by the Center for Disease Control and the DuPage County Health Department:" MORE
Closing District 41
(March 13, 2020 / Noon.)
"Glen Ellyn School District 41 has made the difficult decision to close all buildings beginning on Monday, March 16, until further notice. Although we still currently have no confirmed coronavirus cases in District 41, this decision was made in an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community. E-learning will begin for students and staff on Monday, March 16, CLICK HERE for the links. Students/staff will not be assigned any work over spring break." MORE
Coronavirus Mitigation Efforts
(March 12, 2020 / 4:40 p.m.)
"As we have shared, there are currently no confirmed coronavirus cases in District 41. With the number of cases across the state and region increasing and as a result of our communications and in coordination with the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) and the Regional Office of Education (ROE), we are taking the following proactive measures to help reduce the spread of illness throughout our community.
- We are not allowing any outside groups to use our facilities.
- We are not allowing individuals who are not District 41 students or staff inside our buildings beyond the main offices, including parents and volunteers.
- Non-essential public and/or large gatherings/events/meetings are suspended until further notice. This includes events during the school day, as well as evening events/programs such as High Interest Day, school dances, drama productions, music performances, etc." MORE
(March 12, 2020 / Noon)
"The coronavirus has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Since the first reported case of coronavirus in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019, District 41, and all school districts in Illinois, have been preparing for a potential outbreak within the state. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in any of the District 41 schools and no reported contact situations." MORE
Coronavirus Information - District Digest
(March 4, 2020)
"As you know, we are monitoring information about Coronavirus very closely. Coronavirus is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including in the United States. New guidelines now state that any student/staff member returning from mainland China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran should not attend school/work for 14 days after the return date." MORE
Letter to the Community from Dr. Kaczkowski
(February 27, 2020)
"We have been monitoring the progression of the Coronavirus around the world..." MORE