Happy New Year and Welcome Back, Elmhurst District 205 Community!
Winter break has officially come to an end and we are gearing up and excited to welcome all of our students back into the classroom. We are aware of the reports of increased COVID cases in our community, but I want to assure you that we remain steadfast in our dedication to in-person learning. Leaders across our district have been planning for tomorrow’s return- I remain in awe of our staff’s dedication and commitment to students' academic, emotional, and social growth.
It is more important than ever that we work together to ensure our students are able to remain in the classroom and we will continue to advocate for our school community. The staff and administration remain dedicated in our efforts to ensure that the tremendous disruptions caused by COVID are minimized as much as possible while the students are in our schools.
I want to take a moment to share some details with you regarding the steps that we are taking to ensure that students are able to safely return to the classroom.
We believe that our Forward Together plan will meet the needs of our students and their families and are working to ensure that we continue to make any modifications to this plan to ensure a healthy environment in our schools. Students will be reminded to socially distance and regularly wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Our team has also reviewed all ventilation systems and electrostatic sprayers are being utilized daily in the buildings as well as increased spot-cleaning of high-touch areas throughout the day and face masks are required. Visit the CDC’s website for more information on their recommendations regarding face masks.
We thank you for your continued dedication and partnership in these efforts and ask that you continue to closely monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms, keep them home from school if they are ill, and get them tested if they are experiencing symptoms. Many of you have already signed up for voluntary COVID testing, which will resume on Thursday, January 6th and Friday, January 7th. If you would like to give consent for your child to be tested, and have not done so already, please click here to complete the online form. We have also coordinated with Jewel-Osco to host a booster clinic on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at York Community High School in the Commons. Registration is available at this link.
I thank you in advance for your continued patience and support as we navigate this evolving situation. We will continue to communicate openly and carefully monitor updates related to COVID-19. In addition to our layered mitigations, we will remain focused on maintaining a healthy school environment. Our amazing faculty, staff and administration are ready and willing to step in to assist each other in any way needed. As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. Together, we can all stay safe, navigate the many moving parts and remain committed to providing in-person instruction for our students.
Thank you for your continued partnership.
Forward Together in 2022!
Dr. Keisha Campbell
Elmhurst District 205