Five Things to Know This Week: March 29, 2021

1. Spring Break Reminders

  • ​​​​​We hope everyone is enjoying Spring Break! As a reminder, school resumes Monday, April 5, however, there will be no school on Tuesday, April 6, due to Election Day.
  • There will be no meal distribution this week while schools are closed. The next meal pick-up will be Tuesday, April 6.
  • Public health officials are still advising against unnecessary travel. If you are traveling over spring break, please be aware of the most up-to-date guidance, as well as our expectations for students and staff.

2. D97 Launches COVID-19 Testing Program for Middle School Students

While District 97 continues to experience success with hybrid learning and its internal safety metrics, we are excited to launch an additional COVID-19 mitigation strategy next month through a partnership with Northshore Clinical Labs. Beginning the week of April 12, the district will implement a COVID-19 PCR Testing program for on-site students at Brooks and Julian middle schools. Participation will be mandatory for all middle school students who participate in in-person learning for the duration of Trimester 3.

Click here for complete details about the Middle School PCR Testing Program.

3. Now Hiring: School Lunch Supervisors

In order to increase on-site instruction, we will need to hire a large number of lunchroom supervisors. This is truly a community effort; if you are able to support District 97 as a lunchroom supervisor, it will have a direct impact on our ability to lengthen the school day. Click here to learn more and apply.

4. Equity-Based Criteria for Switching from Remote to In-Person Instruction

Prior to the decision to extend the District 97 school day, school and district administrators developed equity-based criteria that would accommodate families who were seeking to change their child's learning selection from remote to in person for Trimester 3.

As a part of this process, we are still seeking to maintain our current models of social distancing. This means that it is possible that not all requests can be honored based on our current distancing model. However, should we continue to revisit social distance models, requests will be considered in the order it was received.

Click here to read about the exception criteria, which are in alignment with the district’s Equity Policy.

5. 5Essentials Survey Deadline for Families - Friday, April 2

Reminder – Parents/guardians from all 10 of our schools are encouraged to take the Illinois 5Essentials Survey between now and Friday, April 2. Please click here to learn how parents/guardians can participate in this important endeavor and click here to access the parent/guardian version of the survey.