Weekly Update - April 16, 2021
Message from Superintendent Dr. Hector Garcia
Dear D181 staff and families,

Thank you for all you have done to help make these past few weeks a safe and smooth transition to full in-person learning. The following pictures will give you a glimpse into the school environment that our school community has been able to create under challenging circumstances. We hope to share more milestones and celebrations in the next few weeks.

Additionally, I want to assure you that the number of positive COVID-19 cases we have had is consistent with what we have experienced throughout the year, and the close contacts are lower than what would be typically expected due to various mitigation efforts. I'm sure that every K-8 school and high school that is full in-person is experiencing a similar or higher number of students in quarantine.   

As you know, the close contact expectation (less than 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes) is not under the realm of the school district, but rather the CDC and IDPH. Therefore, we'll continue to follow the reporting and quarantine guidelines that have been established by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the local health department when we have a positive case. We'll also continue to report positive cases on the D181 Positive Case Spreadsheet, which is updated daily at 4 p.m., the weekly dashboard at d181.org/reopening, and in this weekly update email. (This week's report is included below and includes our most recent number of quarantined students).

I hope that you have a terrific weekend, and thank you for your partnership.
Dr. Hector Garcia
School Celebrations
Walker 4th graders used toothpicks and clay to better understand the properties of  2D and 3D shapes.
D181 music students enjoyed socially distanced outdoor practice during this week's beautiful spring weather.
Teachers Marsha and Camille love being collaborative teammates, but they stuck to their favorite teams on Wednesday's Student and Staff Jersey theme day at Madison!
COVID-19 Report
Close Contacts - As of Friday, April 16
We have 0 staff and 85 students Districtwide who were identified as close contacts and are quarantined. 46 of those students will complete their quarantine over the weekend and are cleared to return to school on Monday. An additional 10 will return to school on Tuesday.

The D181 Positive Case Report Spreadsheet is updated daily on student attendance days at 4 p.m. To view the latest D181 COVID-19 dashboard, click here and scroll down.
Community Speaker Series Event - April 20
Presented by The Community Speaker Series, D181 and D86:
"Nicholas Epley: Mindwise - A Guide to Understanding the Minds of Others"
You are a mind reader, born with an extraordinary ability to understand what others think, feel, believe, want, and know. It's a sixth sense you use each day in every professional and personal relationship but how well do you really know what your coworkers, employees, competitors, or customers want or are thinking? How good are you at knowing the minds of others? How well can you guess what others think of you, your business, or your product?
In this illuminating exploration of one of the great mysteries of the human mind, University of Chicago award-winning psychologist Nicholas Epley introduces audiences to what scientists have learned about our ability to understand the most complicated puzzle on the planet - other people - and the surprising mistakes we often make. Why are we sometimes blind to the minds of others? Why do we so routinely believe that others think, feel, and want what we do, when in fact they do not? In his presentation modeled after his book, Mindwise, Epley will not turn other people into open books but will give you the wisdom to revolutionize how you think about them - and yourself.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
  • Format: Zoom Webinar
  • Register: Click here or visit www.d181foundation.org

The presentation is free and open to all. Registration is required as each viewer receives a unique link. This event will be recorded and will be available ONLY to those who register for the event. If you are unable to attend the live-stream, but will want to view the recording, please register.
Save the Date - Oct. 3, 2021 Rotary Run
Mark your calendars for the 2021 Rotary Run Charity Classic! The annual Rotary Run, which benefits local nonprofits and organizations including District 181, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. For more information or to register, visit www.rotaryruncharityclassic.com.
Surveillance Testing - Reminders
Don't forget to bring your sample to school!

  • Middle School students signed up for Surveillance Testing drop off their sample on Monday morning.
  • Elementary students drop off their sample on Friday morning.

You can still sign up!
Help keep our schools safe by signing up for surveillance testing today! Testing is a quick and easy process. Your kit will be delivered to your school with 6 weeks worth of kits on the Wednesday following your signup date. Then, once a week, just bring a completed saliva sample to school for dropoff. Signups are open through the end of the school year.

  • Families sign up by logging in to Skyward and clicking on "Forms" to access the sign-up form. Please fill out the form on a desktop/laptop instead of a mobile phone/tablet to ensure your form is received and the final checkbox is checked.
  • Staff sign up through the staff signup form.

There is no cost to participants for this extra layer of safety for our students and staff.

If you have any questions, please email communicationsdepartment@d181.org. More info can be found in our Surveillance Testing Information Booklet.
2021-22 Registration Information
In keeping with our COVID-19 protocols, all 2021-22 registration processes will be completed online this year, with the following dates for the following groups.

  • Kindergarten and New Students: Opened Feb. 8 at www.d181.org/registration
  • Current Students: Opened Monday, April 12. Please check your email for more details or email nskrip@d181.org with questions.
  • Summer Learning: The catalog and registration information for the 2021 D181 Summer Learning Program opened April 13. Registration closes June 4.
Meal Pickup - Wednesdays at HMS
D181 meal pickup for all families in the community (with children ages 0-18) will continue throughout the rest of the school year on Wednesdays only at Hinsdale Middle School, Door 902B on Washington St., from 4-6 p.m. The free meal packages include 7 days' worth of breakfast, lunch, and a snack.
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