November 6, 2020
All five Community Consolidated School District 89 schools will continue to offer in-person learning on Monday, November 9. Families can expect in-person learning will continue past Monday, unless otherwise notified.

Why is the district continuing to offer in-person learning while several county metrics indicate substantial spread? To start, all CCSD 89 schools require masks, social distancing, frequent hand washing, reduced in-person class sizes, and contact tracing. DuPage County Health Department officials are confident that these mitigation strategies can help reduce the chance of spread at school.

Every day, the district monitors county and district data to determine if in-person learning can continue. The priority is district data, which is examined for both health and operational considerations. For instance, the district monitors sanitizing and PPE supplies to ensure there is enough available to keep all schools clean. Thanks to the foresight and vigilance of CCSD 89 Director of Buildings and Grounds Tim Tomazin, the district currently has more than sufficient supplies.

Staff availability and student absences are the most important factors for determining the district's health and ability to deliver effective instruction. The district also monitors Glen Ellyn, Lombard, and Wheaton health data. If the district were to see evidence of an outbreak in a school (defined as five COVID-19 cases in one class over two weeks) that would warrant an immediate change. At this time, we have not seen evidence of spread within our schools.

Some of this data was not available to us at the beginning of the pandemic, but we continue to adapt to the latest research and information from state and local health officials. The district will move to all-remote learning if it becomes necessary. Local conditions could cause the district to institute an "adaptive pause" - closing school for brief time in the hopes of reducing or preventing transmission.

One key factor that has helped the district maintain in-person learning is that families have kept students home when they show COVID-19 symptoms. At times this may be inconvenient to your family. However, it is essential for keeping our staff and students healthy. Please continue to follow the Illinois Department of Health prevention recommendations outside of school.

When in-person learning is available, guardians always make the final decision on the best fit for your family. If you need to make a change based on current health conditions, please contact your school’s principal.
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Take part in our gratitude activities starting November 9!
In the most difficult times, it helps to celebrate what we are grateful for. Starting Monday, the entire district will be celebrating CCSD 89's "Community of Gratitude."

Elementary school students will focus on gratitude during morning meetings. Glen Crest students will be prompted with gratitude questions at the start of the day. All CCSD 89 students will also be encouraged to write a note of thanks to someone in the school community.

It's not just students; the entire community can participate! Students will be drawing a hand and listing five things they are grateful for. We would love families to post these gratitude hands in their window where community members can see them as they move through our neighborhoods. Parents and neighbors are welcome to add their own gratitude hands as well!

You can also share a celebration of staff or students on social media. On Twitter, you can tag @Celebrate89 to share a message about someone or something you're thankful for in CCSD 89. If you're not on Twitter, but want to share a shout out, email it to info@ccsd89.org with the subject line "Gratitude" and your message will be shared on the Celebrate89 account.
Blood donors can get free COVID-19 antibody testing
There is a critical need for blood donations at this time. The community can help by donating between 2 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, at Glen Crest Middle School, 725 Sheehan Avenue, Glen Ellyn.
 
As part of the standard testing, Versiti Blood Center of Illinois will conduct a SARS COV-2 antibody test – also known as the COVID-19 Antibody Test – on each donation. More info: https://bit.ly/3mASiLp
No remote or in-person school on November 11
Students will not have remote or in-person learning on Wednesday, November 11. November 11 will be a planning day for all CCSD 89 teachers. Free meals will still be available from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, at all five schools. During the week of Thanksgiving, meals will only be available on Monday, November 23.
Other CCSD 89 online resources
If you have further questions or need support, please reach out to our staff. We are available to help you and your students.

Latest remote learning and COVID-19 news: www.ccsd89.org/COVID
General questions: info@ccsd89.org (630) 545-3581
Counseling: kmalmstedt@ccsd89.org  (630) 545-3517
Food: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mon, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Wed: https://bit.ly/30JeH0s
Special education: kkreller@ccsd89.org (630) 545-3515
Technology: www.ccsd89.org/howto or support@ccsd89.org (630) 545-3594