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August 31, 2021
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Glenbard News for Aug. 31, 2021

In this issue:

  • Help wanted for SHIELD testing
  • Info Re: COVID-19 close contact, quarantine and vaccination status
  • GPS Community Read: The Other Wes Moore
  • Health department encourages COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Health department offers teen volunteer opportunity

Help wanted for SHIELD testing
We plan to implement SHIELD testing for students at our schools the week of Sept. 20. You may click here to learn more about SHIELD testing. 

In order for the process to run with minimal disruption to the school day, Med-Call Healthcare, which is coordinating the SHIELD testing at our schools, is hiring committed candidates to assist with collection of SHIELD testing kits. These positions are not demanding, but timely attendance and commuting throughout the day may be involved. All job candidates must have their own transportation.

Those who are hired will be expected to work during school hours. Strong computer/data entry experience is required. Although healthcare experience is ideal, it is not a requirement for this position.

Details:

  • Pay: up to $20 per hour
  • Job types: full-time, part-time, contract
  • Background check, car Insurance and valid driver’s license required

Please contact Kathleen Loomis of Med-Call Healthcare at 708-971-3656 or [email protected] 

Once you contact Kathleen, more information will be shared about assignments, requirements, locations and training.

Info Re: COVID-19 close contact, quarantine and vaccination status
Please review the following information regarding COVID-19 close contact, quarantine and sharing vaccination status. 

Close contact, quarantine information
When a positive COVID-19 case is identified at school or school events/athletics, our staff follow the Illinois Department of Public Health’s guidance when determining who is a close contact and needs to quarantine. This guidance is posted on our health services page on each school’s website under the Parent/Family tab.  Please note that, under the current guidance, when someone is fully vaccinated and not showing symptoms, they are not required to quarantine.

Vaccination status
We welcome you to share your vaccination status with your school’s health services office. Please send a screenshot or copy of the vaccination card to your school’s health services office:

Glenbard East health services

Glenbard North health services

Glenbard South health services

Glenbard West health services

The vaccination status information will be kept confidential.  Sharing this information before a possible COVID-19 exposure will help school staff determine if your student should be quarantined.  

GPS Community Read: The Other Wes Moore
The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families has selected the compelling memoir “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” as its first semester community-wide read. GPS will host the book’s author, Wes Moore, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, via Zoom. Go to glenbardgps.org for the link to this webinar. To be placed on a reminder list for GPS events or submit a question in advance, send an email to [email protected].

Two boys named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, “The Other Wes Moore” tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world. It is a perennial New York Times bestseller, and the story is set to be made into a movie.

Moore is the founder and CEO at BridgeEdU, an innovative tech platform addressing the college completion and job placement crisis. He is also the author of the bestselling books, “The Work,” “Discovering Wes Moore” and “This Way Home.”

GPS is generously sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, Community Consolidated School District 93 Birth to 5 Community Coalition, Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), College of DuPage, DuPage Medical Group, Emmy Gaffey Foundation, Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative, Kiwanis Clubs of District 9, and Prevention Leadership Team of the DuPage County Health Department. Thanks also go to One Community and the following public libraries: Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Glenside, Helen Plum in Lombard and Wheaton.

For further information, visit glenbardgps.org or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at 630-942-7668 or [email protected]. 

Health department encourages COVID-19 vaccinations
The DuPage County Health Department urges those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death – even from the Delta variant, according to the health department.

Important note: under the current guidance, when someone is fully vaccinated and not showing symptoms, they are not required to quarantine.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, check out this link provided by the DuPage Health Coalition to learn more. The conversation includes information from doctors, nurses and community health workers.

Options to get a COVID-19 vaccine

  • Visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccine provider near you.
  • The health department’s community vaccination clinic in Wheaton offers COVID-19 vaccines from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For details, visit dupagehealth.org/covid19vaccineclinic.
  • Health department’s Care Van mobile clinic provides free COVID-19 vaccinations directly to DuPage County communities. To view this week’s schedule, visit dupagehealth.org/covid19vaccine.
  • DuPage County residents who are homebound or who cannot safely leave their home to visit a vaccination clinic are eligible to be vaccinated through the health department’s homebound vaccination program and should register at org/covid19vaccineregistration, or call 630-682-7400 for assistance.

Health department offers teen volunteer opportunity
All high school students in DuPage County are invited to join the Teen Advisory Panel to the DuPage County Health Department/Reality Illinois. Meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7. This is a good opportunity to have fun, build leadership skills, enhance a resume and make a difference. Mental  health, wellness and  substance abuse prevention are among the topics that will be addressed.

Meetings are held from  6 to 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Glenbard District 87 Administrative Center, 596 Crescent Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Three of the events will be held virtually. For more information,  visit this link or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at [email protected] or 630-942-7668.