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Superintendent Updates

November 19, 2021
 

School Districts 75 and 120 parents and guardians:

 

While increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state and in our community remind us that the pandemic is not over, we are proud of how we have been able to meet the challenges to this point. With your help, we will continue to do our best to keep our schools open for your children.

 

Keeping Students in School

 

Our schools are important community centers, not just for academic learning, but for social-emotional well-being, safety, and nutrition. We understand the importance of keeping our schools open and have dedicated ourselves to ensuring our students and staff remain safely in-person to school during the 2021-2022 school year. Our efforts have been grounded on the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Lake County Health Department (LCHD). We have maintained the recommended health and safety protocols while keeping children in school.

 

Our staff continues to work toward making our schools as safe as possible for the students and community. This year we returned to schools with nearly 100 percent of all staff fully vaccinated, opportunities for students to get vaccinated, indoor air quality enhancements at all campuses, and Shield testing weekly at each building. 

 

COVID-19 Cases Increase

 

Despite our best efforts, we have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in our community and throughout the state. At this point, the COVID-19 cases are not originating in the school buildings. We are tracking these numbers weekly and posting them on our websites in both District 75 and District 120.

We remain in daily communication with the Lake County Health Department and are following their protocols.

We ask you to remain mindful of precautions and to continue to follow our recommended protocols: Wash your hands, wear your masks and maintain social distancing whenever possible. And, as always, please keep your children home when they are sick or showing symptoms of illness.

 

Preventative Measures

 

We are prepared to take preventative measures whenever necessary. This may include isolation of those who test positive for COVID-19, quarantine for those who have been exposed, and implementing an adaptive pause.  Adaptive pause is not quarantine, but a short time period (typically 24-72 hours) to gather information for a contract tracing investigation. It could be used for various-sized groups, from a selected few in a classroom to everyone in the building. In the event of an adaptive pause, e-learning would be utilized for the affected students. Your school administrators will inform you how to access remote learning should we need to conduct an adaptive pause.

 

Weather-related Closings

 

We are fortunate during this school year that e-learning has been limited to individuals or small groups of students. We will do our best to not implement e-learning for all. This includes weather-related school closings. On days where inclement winter forces schools to close students in both Districts, 75 and 120 will not be asked to attend school remotely. We will treat those situations as traditional snow days. Schools will be closed and students and staff will have the day off.

 

Please contact your principals if you have any questions. We hope you and your families remain healthy and safe during this coming holiday season.  

 

Dr. Kevin Myers

Superintendent

Districts 75 and 120

 


August 23, 2021
 
Parents and guardians of Districts 75  and 120 students,
 
With our students back in our schools, we want to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 so we can keep children from missing school days due to quarantine and illness.
 
In order to shorten or eliminate the quarantine period for students or staff who have been exposed to COVID-19, the Illinois Department of Public Health has outlined “Test-to-Stay” protocols. It allows asymptomatic students to avoid quarantine by testing negative on days one, three, five and seven after being exposed to COVID-19. Alternatively, students not showing symptoms could shorten the quarantine period from 10 to 7 days by providing a negative test result on day 5 from the date of exposure.
 
For District 75 and District 120 students, parents of children in the Test-to-Stay protocol are responsible for providing proof of negative test results. Rapid antigen tests are allowed, but a PCR test is preferred. A test-at-home kit result is not acceptable. Information on some testing locations can be found near the end of this letter. 
 
How is exposure defined?
Exposure is when a person comes into close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, meaning they were less than 3 feet from the infected person for 15 minutes total or more during a 24-hour period. Parents/guardians will be notified if their child is in close contact.
 
For unvaccinated students:


  • The Test-to-Stay option will allow asymptomatic students to stay in school if they were exposed to the virus as “close contacts” by testing negative on days one, three, five and seven following exposure. 
  • If they choose not to participate in the Test-to-Stay protocol, they could quarantine for seven calendar days with no symptoms and provide a negative PCR test result taken on day 5 from the date of exposure.
  • Without either of these testing options, the child would have to be quarantined at home for 10 calendar days from the last day of exposure with no symptoms.
 
For vaccinated students:


  • No quarantine, but it’s recommended that the students get a negative result from a PCR test three to five days after exposure.
  • If the student shows symptoms or signs of illness, the student would have to quarantine until parents can provide proof of a negative PCR test.
 
Testing Positive:
Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 would have to isolate for 10 calendar days from the onset of symptoms and may return on day 11 if symptom-free.
 
Where to be tested:
Some possible locations that provide testing are listed below:


  • Walgreens Pharmacy: Several local locations (make an appointment online)
  • CVS Pharmacy: Several local locations (make an appointment online)
  • Northshore Medical Group: (847) 367-2400, 1162 W. Maple (drop-in only; may be a wait)  
  • Pediatrust: 185 Milwaukee Ave., (847) 821-9500 opt. 1, Suite 220, Lincolnshire and 36100 Brookside Dr., Suite 204, Gurnee among other locations.
  • Affordable Labs: (847) 367-8636, 850 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills
  • Lake County Community-based testing sites: 102 W. Water Street, Waukegan; Arlington Racetrack, 823 Wilke Road, Arlington Heights. These sites are open for testing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
 
Please remember that masks are required indoors for all events at District 75 and District 120 buildings and schools. This includes curriculum nights, athletic activities, clubs and extracurricular events. We continue to ask parents and guardians to keep their children home if they are sick or showing symptoms of illness.
 
If you have questions about the Test-to-Stay protocol, please contact your school office.

 

7/29/2021

 

To our District 75 and 120 families:

The leaders of both the elementary and high school districts continue to work through a set of COVID mitigation guidelines designed to offer your children the best possible education in a safe and responsible way. We will provide details on these guidelines sometime next week.
 
In the meantime, we’re excited to introduce to you a new program that will make educating our students during a  pandemic a little bit easier. Beginning in about the second week of school, students and staff will have the option of participating in a non-invasive COVID-19 test on a weekly basis.
 
The tests, provided by SHIELD Illinois and administered by Passport Health, will be provided at all of our schools at least once a week at no cost. Each test will take only a few minutes to administer during the school day with results available in 24 hours. Students will simply provide a saliva (spit) sample.
 
Families must sign up in order for their student(s) to participate. A Google Form will be sent to all parents and guardians of students in Districts 75 and 120. Your child will not be allowed to participate in the testing process without your consent.
 
SHIELD testing is a proactive approach taken by both School Districts 75 and 120 to mitigate the risk of infection for our students, staff, and school communities. The District is also following CDC guidelines on masking and continuing protocols such as disinfecting, hand-washing, and social distancing of at least three feet. We also ask that parents and guardians keep students home if they are sick or showing any COVID-19 symptoms.
 
The testing offers some advantages to students.
  • Testing will eliminate the lengths of quarantine in many cases, allowing more children to remain in school. 
  • The test comes with no cost to schools or families.
  • The test is non-invasive and does not require a healthcare professional.
 
Results of these tests will be sent to parents, the school district, and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Results and personal information are protected under HIPPA (the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
 
Watch for more details from us about this COVID-19 testing program in the near future.
 
Dr. Kevin Myers
Superintendent, Districts 75 and 120

5/25/2021

 

Superintendent’s Bi-Weekly Message, 5-26-2021
End of School Year
As a reminder, the school year ends for Mundelein High School on Thursday, May 27, and for the District 75 elementary schools on Thursday, June 3.
 
Planning for the Coming School Year
With the school year winding down we are already preparing for the 2021-2022 school year.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has issued a resolution that all schools will have in-person learning for the coming school year. The resolution provides one exception to in-person learning. Remote learning in the context of 105 ILCS 5/10-30 and 105 ILCS 5/34-18.66 would still be required for students who are both not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and also under a quarantine order. Students who do not meet these criteria may be eligible for home/hospital instruction pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/14-13.01.
 
For your planning, the dates for the opening of school in August are listed below:
 
Wednesday, August 11             Institute Day, both districts – no student attendance
Thursday, August 12                  First full day of school for all students in grades 1 – 12
Monday, August 16                    Institute Day, District 75 only; Student attendance District 120
Tuesday, August 17                    School resumes for all students
 
COVID-19 Vaccines for anyone 12 and older
A reminder that Mundelein High School will host vaccines for anyone 12 years of age and older on Thursday, May 27 from 3 to 9 pm. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please print, sign and bring the consent form:  COVID Vaccine Informed Consent
People must register for a time slot for the vaccine here:   link(Opens in a new window).
 
This will be the last regular Bi-Weekly message of the school year. However, we will continue to stay in touch and will contact you when necessary.
                              
Have an enjoyable summer, everyone!
 
Dr. Kevin Myers
Superintendent

5/13/2021

 

COVID-19 vaccines are available to anyone age 12 and over

 

Mundelein High School will host COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone 12 years of age and older on Thursday, May 27 from 3 to 9 pm. Approximately 52 people can be vaccinated every 50 minutes during this time frame. The second dose of the Pfizer vaccination will be held at the same place and times on Thursday, June 17. People must sign up for a time slot for the vaccine at this link.

The vaccinations will be administered in the North Gym at the high school. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Districts 75 and 120 personnel will staff the event.

“We are happy to make this event possible in our community so that area residents have easy, convenient access to the vaccine if they choose,” said Kevin Myers, Districts 75/120 superintendent.

Local services will also be on-site including CERT for campus traffic, the Mundelein Police and Fire Departments along with a paramedic.

“We expect to vaccinate all people who wish to be vaccinated in a safe, orderly environment,” said Kevin Quinn, MHS director of buildings and grounds and coordinator of the event.  “This is a great opportunity to serve area residents and make access to the vaccine as convenient as possible.”

Please print the following documents and bring them with you to the site.

4/13/2021

 

To Our D75 Families:

 

This is our third bi-weekly message to keep you informed about what is happening in District 75 at this time.

 

As you know, we have been working to have all of our hybrid students in the building. As of April 7, we had zero students on the waiting list in the entire district. Starting on April 19, all of our hybrid students at Carl Sandburg will begin attending classes in person four days a week. The four in-person days will be Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays will remain a remote learning day for all students. 

 

We are investigating the possibility of modifying the school start times at Washington, Mechanics Grove, Carl Sandburg and Mundelein High School for the 2021-2022 school year. Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14, we will host an English and Spanish virtual Zoom webinar to discuss the proposed start times.

 

English Webinar (6:30 - 7:15 PM): https://zoom.us/j/95596487712?pwd=Sko4ajk1aDc2RS9aRTk0SWR0SkN0UT09

Spanish Webinar (7:30 - 8:15 PM): https://zoom.us/j/94315165770?pwd=WDJBSm5OQjdEZ2NtK0FCb2hpQ09IZz09

 

With just about a month left of this school year, we look forward to celebrating the hard work and many accomplishments our students have made during this unique time.

 

Dr. Kevin Myers

Superintendent  

 

A Nuestras Familias D75:

Este es nuestro tercer mensaje quincenal para mantenerlo informado sobre lo que está sucediendo en el Distrito 75 en este momento.

Como saben, hemos estado trabajando para tener a todos nuestros estudiantes híbridos en el edificio. Al 7 de abril, no teníamos estudiantes en la lista de espera en todo el distrito. El 19 de abril, todos nuestros estudiantes híbridos en Carl Sandburg comenzarán a asistir a clases cuatro días a la semana. Los cuatro días presenciales serán los lunes, martes, jueves y viernes. Los miércoles seguirán siendo un día de aprendizaje remoto para todos los estudiantes.

Estamos investigando la posibilidad de modificar los horarios de inicio de clases en Washington, Mechanics Grove, Carl Sandburg y Mundelein High School para el año escolar 2021-2022. Mañana miércoles 14 de abril realizaremos un seminario web virtual de Zoom en inglés y español para discutir los horarios propuestos.

Seminario web en inglés (6:30 - 7:15 PM): https://zoom.us/j/95596487712?pwd=Sko4ajk1aDc2RS9aRTk0SWR0SkN0UT09

Seminario web en español (7:30 - 8:15 PM): https://zoom.us/j/94315165770?pwd=WDJBSm5OQjdEZ2NtK0FCb2hpQ09IZz09

Con casi un mes que queda de este año escolar, esperamos celebrar el arduo trabajo y muchos logros que nuestros estudiantes han logrado durante este tiempo único.

Dr. Kevin Myers

Superintendente


4/2/2021

 

To Our D75 Families:  

 

As we move through the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, I would like to inform you of important updates and changes that you will see take place in the coming weeks.

 

CDC Guidelines

With the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) guidelines being changed (social distance, vaccine participation, etc.) we will make appropriate changes based on the new guidelines. That means we are reducing the social distance limit to three feet in the classroom to accommodate having more students in the building per the CDC guidelines.

 

On March 15, Washington and Mechanics Grove began full day classes four days a week. We are working out the logistics at Lincoln and Carl Sandburg of reviewing classroom capacities and working with our bus company regarding routes and bus drivers so we may have our students at Lincoln and Carl Sandburg attend in-person four days a week. Students at Lincoln will start attending four days a week on Monday, April 12. Students at CSMS will start attending four days a week on Monday, April 19. The four in-person days will be Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays will remain a remote learning day for all students. The principals at Lincoln and CSMS will provide more detailed information in the near future.

 

Network Update

Under the Children’s Internet Protection Act, all schools are required to have an internet safety policy and protection measures in place. The protection measures must block or filter internet access to websites that contain material that is deemed inappropriate. This policy has been in place and enforced by District 75 for several years using a CIPA filtering appliance. In the next few days, Mundelein Elementary School District 75 will be moving to a new cloud-based filtering platform. Migrating to this new platform should be a seamless process on student Chromebooks. This transition should address the internet issues we have been experiencing. Once students sign in to their Chromebook, the extension will automatically download and install and then immediately start filtering the student’s internet no matter what Wi-Fi network they are connected to. Moving the filtering to the cloud will free up valuable resources on our network, speed up internet access on Chromebooks and enhance the E-Learning experience. 

 

School Start Time Analysis For Next Year

At the March Board meetings for Districts 75 and 120 the Boards supported researching changing school start times for the 2021 - 2022 school year. 

In the coming weeks, we will provide opportunities for community feedback. Throughout this process, the community will be involved. Forums and surveys for the community will be scheduled.

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • April 14 - Material Pick-Up for families at Washington, Mechanics Grove and Carl Sandburg. 
  • April 16 - Half-Day

 

Half-Day Early Release:

Lincoln: No school 

Washington: 11:45 am Student Dismissal

Mechanics Grove: 11:00 am Student Dismissal

Carl Sandburg: 10:45 am Student Dismissal

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and cooperation during this time.

 

Dr. Kevin Myers

Superintendent


A nuestras familias del D75:

A medida que avanzamos en el resto del año escolar 2020-2021, me gustaría informarles de actualizaciones y cambios importantes que verán llevarse a cabo en las próximas semanas.

Directrices de los CDC

Con el cambio de las pautas de la Junta de Educación del Estado de Illinois (ISBE) (distancia social, participación en vacunas, etc.), haremos los cambios apropiados según las nuevas pautas. Eso significa que estamos reduciendo el límite de distancia social a tres pies en el salón de clases para dar cabida a tener más estudiantes en el edificio según las pautas de los CDC.

El 15 de marzo, Washington y Mechanics Grove comenzaron las clases de día completo cuatro días a la semana. Estamos trabajando en la logística en Lincoln y Carl Sandburg de revisar las capacidades de las aulas y trabajar con nuestra compañía de autobuses con respecto a las rutas y los conductores de autobuses para que nuestros estudiantes de Lincoln y Carl Sandburg asistan en persona cuatro días a la semana. Los estudiantes de Lincoln comenzarán a asistir cuatro días a la semana el lunes 12 de abril. Los estudiantes de CSMS comenzarán a asistir cuatro días a la semana el lunes 19 de abril. Los cuatro días en persona serán los lunes, martes, jueves y viernes. Los miércoles seguirán siendo un día de aprendizaje remoto para todos los estudiantes. Los directores de Lincoln y CSMS proporcionarán información más detallada en un futuro próximo.

 

Actualización de red

En virtud de la Ley de protección infantil en Internet, todas las escuelas deben tener una política de seguridad en Internet y medidas de protección. Las medidas de protección deben bloquear o filtrar el acceso a Internet a sitios web que contengan material que se considere inapropiado. Esta política ha sido implementada y aplicada por el Distrito 75 durante varios años utilizando un dispositivo de filtrado CIPA. En los próximos días, el Distrito Escolar Primario 75 de Mundelein se trasladará a una nueva plataforma de filtrado basada en la nube. La migración a esta nueva plataforma debería ser un proceso fluido en los Chromebook de los estudiantes. Una vez que un estudiante inicia sesión en su Chromebook, la extensión se descargará e instalará automáticamente y luego comenzará a filtrar la Internet del estudiante sin importar a qué red Wi-Fi esté conectado. Mover el filtrado a la nube liberará recursos valiosos en nuestra red, acelerará el acceso a Internet en Chromebooks y mejorará la experiencia de aprendizaje electrónico.

 

Análisis de la hora de inicio de la escuela para el próximo año

En las reuniones de la Junta de marzo para los Distritos 75 y 120, los miembros de la Junta apoyaron la investigación de cambios en los horarios de inicio de las escuelas para el año escolar 2021-2022.

En las próximas semanas, brindaremos oportunidades para recibir comentarios de la comunidad. A lo largo de este proceso, la comunidad estará involucrada. Se programarán foros y encuestas para la comunidad.

 

Fechas importantes:

  • 14 de abril - Recogida de material para familias en Washington, Mechanics Grove y Carl Sandburg.
  • 16 de abril: medio día

 

Salida anticipada de medio día:

Lincoln: no hay escuela

Washington: 11:45 am Salida de estudiantes

Mechanics Grove: 11:00 am Salida de estudiantes

Carl Sandburg: 10:45 am Salida del estudiante

 

Como siempre, gracias por su continuo apoyo y cooperación durante este tiempo.

 

Dr. Kevin Myers

Superintendente

 

 

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