Weekly Update - March 5, 2021
Surveillance Testing Information & Updated FAQ
D181 Surveillance Testing
Information for families and staff on voluntary surveillance testing is included in the information booklet linked here.

Early next week, we will send out the enrollment form for families and staff to sign up for testing. Please read through the FAQ for information on the test, logistics, privacy concerns, and more.
Updated In-Person/Remote FAQ
Our updated Full In-Person/Full Remote FAQ is linked here and will be posted on the D181 website at d181.org/reopening for future reference.

Please read through the FAQ for information on student schedules, social distancing, travel guidance, and more.
School Celebrations
Jose Tinoco, Head Custodian at Monroe School, is retiring this year! Mr. Tinoco started working with D181 in September 2000 and has served our students and staff for more than 20 years. Mr. Tinoco will be dearly missed and we wish him well! A theme week was held at Monroe in his honor and on Thursday, March 4, staff and students celebrated with a socially distanced clap-out and wore their "vacation gear" to wish Mr. Tinoco "Bon Voyage!" (He also got a pineapple cup filled with sweet treats!) Thank you for your years of service, Mr. Tinoco!
Elm students created a Kindness Tree in the hallway, decorated with hearts with special messages, as part of their Kindness Week celebrations.
NASA Astronaut, Dr. Jonny Kim, spoke with CHMS 7th graders about his educational journey and the importance of teamwork, hardship, perseverance, helping others, having confidence in yourself, trying new things, and how hard work and practice pay off.

He also spent time answering student questions about space, the moon, and the work necessary to become an astronaut. Thank you NASA and Dr. Kim!
D181 elementary schools have been engaging students in their Seasons of Science with virtual events and experiments to celebrate our love of science.

Students from Elm, Monroe, Oak, Prospect, The Lane, and Walker have been participating in the "Yuck Show," an interactive live stream performance of science experiments. Pictured are students from Elm School.
Mrs. Sackley's remote kindergarten class celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday this week with an author study and this fun dress-up craft!
Special Webinar with Award-Winning Cartoonist and Graphic Novel Writer Nathan Hale
Special Webinar
Thursday, March 11, 7-8 p.m.
Join us for a fun evening for the whole family as author, illustrator, and cartoonist Nathan Hale illustrates as he speaks, drawing live on the screen. He will fascinate you with history and the art of drawing comics.
Registration required at:
This program, sponsored by the District 181 Foundation, is free and open to the entire community.

Can’t join us that evening? A link to the recording will be sent to all registrants. 

Questions? Please contact Meg Cooper: mcooper@d181foundation.org
'How to Raise An Adult' - Community Speaker Series Webinar
The Community Speaker Series, in partnership with D181 and D86, present a webinar open to the community with The New York Times best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims, who draws on her own insights as a mother and a student dean to highlight how overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society.

While empathizing with parents, Julie inspires audiences to examine their behaviors and discusses how to help children develop the resourcefulness and resilience necessary for success.

Event Details
Webinar: 7-8:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
COVID-19 Report
During the week of 2/22-2/26 numbers were as follows:
  • 8 staff in quarantine, 2 staff absent due to COVID-19 related symptoms, and 0 staff out due to positive tests for a total of 32 days (1.7% of onsite staff)
  • 43 students in quarantine, 39 students absent due to COVID-19 related symptoms, and 5 student positive tests for a total of 213 days (3.1% of in-person students, including siblings)

The D181 Positive Case Report Spreadsheet is updated daily on student attendance days at 4 p.m.

To view the 02-26-21 Dashboard, click here.
Reminder: Travel Guidance
The District is following the CDC and IDPH's most recent guidance on international travel.

International Travel: Per the CDC and IDPH, anyone returning from international travel is required to:
  • Quarantine for 7 days and get a PCR test on days 5-7 with a return on Day 8 OR
  • Quarantine for 10 days if not getting tested with a return on Day 11

Note: The day you travel to return home is considered Day 0.

Domestic Travel: There is currently no restriction when returning from domestic travel.

Please note that travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19 and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Please continue to wear your mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands when around those outside your household.
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. More information will be posted on our website and families will receive specific instructions as they complete each step of the registration process.

Registration Dates
  • D181 Neighborhood Preschool Registration (new students): Opened Jan. 27 at www.d181.org/prek. Applications received after March 4 will be placed on a waitlist and notification will be on a case-by-case basis.  
  • Kindergarten and New Student Registration: Opened Feb. 8 at www.d181.org/registration
  • Current Student Registration: Save the Date for April 12
Meal Pickup Schedule
D181 meal pickup for all families in the community (with children ages 0-18) will continue on Tuesdays at HMS and Thursdays at CHMS. Pickup is between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. The free meal packages include 7 days' worth of breakfast, lunch, and a snack.
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