Dear District 34 Families,
In any school year, this time of year is a whirlwind. This year, with 41 days of school remaining, our transition to Adapted In Person adds excitement and a little bit of stress to us all. Whether your child is moving to a new environment on Wednesday, April 7 (tomorrow, on a late start schedule!) or if they are staying the course, we want to support you with the information and resources you need for your family to finish out this year on a positive note.
Reminder for Bus Riders
If your children ride the bus, please remind them to sit in their assigned seats. Those assignments are important for safety and to help our contact tracing process.
SELebration & Cultivating Resilience with Dr. Doug Bolton
Let’s address the stress first! If students (and staff, and families) are anxious and stressed, teaching and learning just doesn’t happen the way it’s supposed to. So, the focus this week will be a smooth transition to the new environment, and a calm continuation for those remaining in GOAL. All of our classrooms will have social emotional learning (SEL) lessons and activities to help students build relationships and community, ease anxieties and settle into new routines.
Last night, Dr. Doug Bolton gave such helpful insight and advice for families. If you weren’t able to attend last night’s program live, please give yourself the gift of time to watch the recording. If you did attend, you know how much Dr. Bolton’s insight and advice on supporting your children and taking care of yourself as we move forward hit home -- so please share with friends and family.
Travel & COVID Testing
If you traveled over this long weekend, please follow the post-travel, return-to-school guidelines:
If you travel within Illinois or to a state on the yellow list, you do not need to take a COVID test or quarantine upon return. You must maintain strict masking and social distancing and monitor your health for COVID-19 symptoms, both during and after travel.
If you travel to a state on the orange list, you must follow the quarantine guidelines, even if you visit the state for less than 24 hours:
- 10-day quarantine - OR -
- Provide a negative COVID-19 test (rapid or PCR) for your child (assuring that you quarantine while awaiting results for your child and others in the household). The Flick Park testing location has easy online scheduling. (Note that a positive rapid test followed by a negative PCR will still be treated as positive.) - OR -
- Have had COVID-19 (within 90 days after onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, their positive test).
Close Contacts & Quarantines
While the CDC revised its guidance for schools to indicate that 3’ distancing is appropriate, the definition of a close contact has not changed. Anyone who is within 6’ of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes within a 24-hour period is a close contact, and must follow the quarantine/testing guidelines. Close contacts must quarantine and, if they are asymptomatic, can return to school in 10 days. It is not possible for close contacts to “test out” of quarantine. Students who are in quarantine will be able to access classroom instruction “live” through Zoom and/or streaming.
Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year Is Open!
Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open for new and returning students. So, whether you're enrolling your youngest for 8th grade, or have an incoming kindergartener, follow along the step-by-step registration process on our website, to make sure you don't miss a step. The District offers an early bird discount for those who register by May 31, 2021.
Registration for returning students is as easy as 1-2-3: