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Superintendent's Corner

Dr. Shelly Davis-Jones

Dear Parents and Guardians:

 

COOK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 149 RETURN to SCHOOL – Fall 2021 serving the communities of Burnham, Calumet City, Dolton and South Holland.  The decision to return to full in-person learning has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education in consultation with District 149 Board of Education, District Leadership Team and government officials. All Dolton School District 149 registered students are invited to return to in-person instruction in compliance with all recommended guidelines and instructions of Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), The Illinois Department of Public Health, (IDPH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on Monday, August 30, 2021.  The first day of school for students will be a half day.  All middle school students report to school 8:20 am – 11:20 am and all elementary school students report at 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. Tuesday, August 31st will serve as the first full day of instruction for all students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.  Middle school students report at 8:20 am and dismiss at 2:30 pm and elementary students report at 9:00 am and dismiss at 3:30 pm.  Pre-Kindergarten students will begin school Wednesday September 8th from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm. 

Remote Instruction will be available if: a student is under quarantine that is consistent with guidance from the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health AND the student is not eligible and NOT FULLY VACCINATED. Remote instruction will also be used in case of any school closings due to COVID-19.

Today, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced masks will be required for students, teachers and staff at pre-kindergarten-12th grade schools. The new measure is part of the state’s ongoing effort to combat a new surge as the Delta variant rapidly spreads.

The mask requirement is inclusive of youth sports and activities, with masks now required for indoor extracurricular and sports. In line with CDC guidance, masks are not required for activities outdoors where transmission risks and rates are lower.

Since today’s announcement is in line with the health and safety measures adopted by our Board of Education, I do not expect any changes to our district’s reopening plan. As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and update you on any changes or developments.

All students are required to wear masks and their school uniforms. If students do not have, a mask one will be provided for them. 

The Board has gone through extensive measures to ensure the safety of all staff and students upon the return to in-person learning. In preparation for full in-person instruction, Dolton School District 149 has devised a plan to include the following protocols according to ISBE and IDPH:

  • Require use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Require facemasks, at all times, except at breakfast and lunch.
  • Plexi glass shields will be used in all lunchrooms and tables during lunch.
  • Provide plexi glass shields on all student desks.
  • Require COVID-19 posters and social distance markers in designated areas.
  • Recommend 6 feet social distancing be observed, as much as possible.
  • Require all schools conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks daily.
  • Require students with temperatures of 100.4 to move to the isolation room and contact parents. Student must quarantine for 14 days.
  • Require water bottles be given to all students daily to maintain hydration via Organic Life.
  • Require students to wash and/or sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Set washroom breaks daily ensuring proper cleaning and sanitizing after each use.
  • Require all visitors to have appointments upon entry to all school buildings.
  • Require an increase in school wide cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Provide communication about social distancing and safety for staff and students through: newsletters, marquees, robocalls, flyers, social media (Facebook & Twitter), press releases, Class Dojo, Google Classroom and the district website.

When time permits, complete the survey on the website about the return to in person learning.  We are trying to gage the number of students who will return to school and ride the school bus.  We will also have mitigating practices on the school buses and all children are required to wear mask while riding the bus.  Disinfecting and sanitizing all buses will be done before students board each day and after they are dropped off at their designated bus stops.  All cleaning materials are EPA certified.

Please read the 2021-2022 full in-person plan for more detailed information.  Bus schedules, school supply lists and the school calendar is posted on the district website at www.sd149.org.

Summer school office hours are from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm until August 30th.  We will resume our regular business hours at all schools Monday August 30 th.  The middle school office hours are from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm and all elementary schools 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The District office hours will resume regular business hours on Monday August 9th from 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

Thank you for your support of our students, and I look forward to a new school year! 

 

 

 

We Believe. . . Excellence, Humanization and Pride!

 

Stay well and safe

 

 

Dr. Shelly Davis Jones, Superintendent

 

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