Regular Meeting 

Dawn Livingston, President, called the meeting to order. She thanked everyone who has helped the District remain in school this past year, including families and educators, our District nurses, and buildings and grounds personnel. 

Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, thanked all who participated in recent conferences. She noted that over 1,000 students and parents, and over 250 staff, shared insights via the District's recent survey, and this data will help target improvement efforts. Another survey will be administered this winter to monitor the impact of our efforts. Dr. Kocanda also thanked the Winnetka Public Schools Foundation for supporting microgrants to enhance the student experience in our schools. Finally, she recognized the extraordinary efforts of the District's principals in honor of National Principals Week.


Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, Central Office Administrators and Principals, shared an update on health and safety efforts, metrics monitoring, teaching and learning, and a communication timeline as the District evaluates next steps. Recent parent, staff, and student survey findings were discussed along with prioritized areas for refinement. Student and staff safety and maximizing in-person instruction continue to be prioritized, as the District closely evaluates health metrics (updated weekly). Due to several health and logistical factors, it was affirmed that the District is committed to remaining in the current hybrid remote model at least through winter break in December, as long as the health metrics allow in-person learning.  Families are also now able to select their preference for the hybrid remote model or the remote learning model for the second trimester.

The Board received an update on the continued relationship maintained with Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), in which this year's focus will be supporting our SEL Coaches in their ability to provide staff and parents resources to support the social emotional well-being of students. 

The Board previously opted to delay this childcare program for families and reevaluate interest this fall, as the minimum number of students required to staff program options at student home schools was not met. At this time, no new registrations have been submitted. The District's partnership with Right at School is, however, currently supporting the needs of staff members for childcare options and available to pivot for families when there is sufficient interest.

The Policy Subcommittee reviewed a number of School Board policies and provided recommendations for updates. A 2nd read of policies and vote to adopt the recommendations will occur at the November 24, 2020, Board Meeting.

The Consent Agenda and the following Action Items were approved:

  1. Annual Goals 2020-2021
  2. Settlement Agreement and Release
  3. Dyopath Agreement
  4. Memorandum of Understanding Regarding COVID-19 School Re-Opening Plans 2020-2021

The Complete Board Packet for the October 20, 2020, School Board Meetings is here.
Upcoming Regular Meeting Dates
November 24, 2020
December 15, 2020
January 26, 2021
February 23, 2021

March 23, 2021
April 27, 2021
May 25, 2021
June 15, 2021

Regular meetings are open to the public and will be held at Carleton Washburne School through June 2021. Regular meetings begin at 7:15 p.m. Work sessions are also open to the public and may be scheduled at the discretion of the Board. Discussion topics and times for work sessions will be posted on the District website 24 hours in advance.
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