District 97 Adaptive Pause Extended to November 30

Dear Families,

As you know, District 97 started an “adaptive pause” on October 28 in response to the rising COVID-19 rates in our region and across the state. We have been monitoring these metrics closely over the past two weeks, and unfortunately, both test positivity and case incidence rates have continued to increase. As of 11/6/2020, the seven-day average for test positivity in Region 10 is 12.2%, which indicates substantial community spread. The 14-day rolling average for the number of new cases per 100,000 in Oak Park also far exceeds the thresholds outlined in our guiding metrics.

As a result, remote learning will continue at least through Thanksgiving break, with on-site programs tentatively set to return Monday, Nov. 30. This date is subject to change, as we will be looking for the metrics to show a consistent decline in COVID-19 activity before we bring any students and staff back for in-person learning. We will notify you at least two days in advance of any transition from remote to in-person learning.

We know this is a very trying time for our students, families and staff as COVID-19 continues to disrupt our daily lives, especially the opportunity to be together in our schools. We remain eager to return to in-person learning as soon as the metrics improve. Until then, we are asking everyone to continue following IDPH guidelines to help limit community transmission. Wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, limiting mass gatherings, and using proper hand hygiene all play a role in protecting the overall health of our community.

Thank you for your continued support, flexibility, and resilience. We will get through this together.

Donna Middleton

Senior Director of Student Services