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Principal's Message

Ms. Gabrielle Herndon

March 2021


Greetings BV Families!!


Dolton School District 149 will administer the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) exam beginning on March 15, 2021 to all students in grades 3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.  The Federal law requires the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to administer these assessments to all students who attend public schools in the state.  Students will only come to school on their scheduled testing days.  Students will continue their normal remote learning schedule on non-testing days.


The assessments will be administered to one grade level per day.  Your child has been assigned to an AM testing session or a PM testing session as noted in the greeting of this letter.  If your child is in the AM testing session then they should arrive to school between 8:45am-9:00am.  If your child is in the PM testing session then they should arrive to school between 12:30pm-12:45pm.  Please note that the dismissal times do vary from day to day for both sessions.


We understand that this will be the first time our students have returned to the school building since the beginning of the pandemic and you may have concerns.  Please rest assured that the district has taken every precaution to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being. Before entering the school bus and/or building, your child must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth. All masks are required to stay on until they return home.


In deciding whether or not to send your child to school on their designated testing days please make sure that they are not running a fever or feel ill.  We also need you to ensure that they have not been in close contact to anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.  All students are expected to be in their school uniform and should leave book bags and Chromebooks at home.


We will provide transportation using our existing bus stops in both the AM and PM testing sessions.  If you are choosing to transport your child to and from school, please adhere to the scheduled arrival and dismissal times.  Upon arrival to school all students will be given a light snack before testing and they will be given a bag lunch to take home with them at dismissal.


The testing schedule and bus route information can be found under the corresponding tabs to the left of this message.


If you have any further questions or concerns feel free to give me a call at 708.259.2340.


As always…I love you!!  Be well and stay safe!!


Yours in Service,

Ms. Gabrielle Herndon

WE BELIEVE…. Excellence, Humanization, and Pride !






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